Compare Plendil vs. Prazosin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Plendil
(Felodipine)

Minipress
(Prazosin)

Coming soon.Lowers blood pressure and makes it easier to urinate. Prazosin is used mostly to make urination easier for men with an enlarged prostate, but it can cause dizziness.
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Reviews for Minipress (Prazosin)
43%
7% vs. Plendil (Felodipine)
28%
22% vs. Plendil (Felodipine)
15%
+35% vs. Plendil (Felodipine)
Side effects
PlendilPrazosin

We haven’t found good data for Plendil side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Plendil »

The Prazosin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
PlendilPrazosin
Coming soon.Prazosin is a selective alpha blocker. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels. It also relaxes the urethra and prostate, which makes it easier to urinate.
Type of medication
PlendilPrazosin
Coming soon.
Antihypertensive
Alpha blocker
Prescription only
Available as
PlendilPrazosin
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
PlendilPrazosin
  • Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
PlendilPrazosin
Coming soon.
  • Age 65 years or older
Detailed Minipress (Prazosin) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
PlendilPrazosin
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
No specific food-related info.
  • Take with food or at bedtime to avoid side effects.
Kidneys and liver
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
No specific sleep-related info.
  • Helps people with PTSD get better sleep with fewer, less-intense nightmares.
  • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and nausea.
Weight
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
PlendilPrazosin
Coming soon.
  • Can be added to other blood pressure-lowering medicines if you need additional blood pressure control.
  • Makes urination easier in men with an enlarged prostate.
  • Helps people with PTSD get better sleep with fewer, less-intense nightmares.
Downsides and risks
PlendilPrazosin
Coming soon.
  • Not the best medicine to lower blood pressure by itself.
  • Likely to cause orthostatic hypotension. This means dizziness when you change positions (like standing up) because your blood pressure doesn't adjust quickly enough.
  • Not preferred for people 65 years or older.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
PlendilPrazosin
Coming soon.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and nausea.
  • Take with food or at bedtime to avoid side effects.
  • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
  • Recheck your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine.
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