Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Cardura

(Doxazosin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Lowers blood pressure and makes it easier to urinate.

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For men, Doxazosin will help make it easier to urinate so that you're not getting up a lot at night. It's a last-choice treatment for high blood pressure.

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Upsides

  • A first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate. Makes it easier to urinate.
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Downsides

  • A last-choice treatment for high blood pressure because other medicines are more effective at preventing heart disease. Your doctor might add it to a medicine you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
How it works

Doxazosin is a selective alpha blocker. It relaxes the urethra and prostate, which makes it easier to urinate. It also lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels.

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Side effect rates for Cardura (Doxazosin)

965 From clinical trials of Cardura / Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling due to excess fluid
  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Back pain
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Pain

Risks and Warnings for Cardura (Doxazosin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 65 years or older

    Dizziness or fainting may occur when taking Cardura (Doxazosin) when you change positions, such as going from a seated or lying down position to standing because of changes in your blood pressure, which may lead to falls. This is called orthostatic hypotension. Be very careful when changing positions, especially if you're just starting to take Cardura (Doxazosin) or if changes in dosing have to be made. Talk to your doctor if the dizziness doesn't go away or if you find it bothersome.

Common concerns from people taking Cardura (Doxazosin)

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  • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.