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Cardura Alternatives

(Doxazosin)

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  • Extended release
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These medications are comparable to Cardura (Doxazosin) or used for similar purposes.

Cardura
(Doxazosin)

Rapaflo
(Silodosin)

Hytrin
(Terazosin)

Flomax
(Tamsulosin)

Uroxatral
(Alfuzosin)

Lowers blood pressure and makes it easier to urinate. 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.Coming soon.Coming soon.Makes it easier to urinate. Flomax (Tamsulosin) is a first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate, and it's available as a generic. However, it can cause changes in your sex drive and can take a while to kick in.Coming soon.
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3.6831683168316833Cardura
Reviews for Cardura (Doxazosin)
38%
of people say Cardura (Doxazosin) is worth it
21%
say it works well
18%
say it's a big hassle

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Reviews for Flomax (Tamsulosin)
63%
+25% vs. Cardura (Doxazosin)
44%
+23% vs. Cardura (Doxazosin)
15%
+3% vs. Cardura (Doxazosin)

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Side effects
CarduraRapafloHytrinFlomaxUroxatral
  • Dizziness 10%
  • Fatigue/feeling unwelle/malaise 6%
  • Fatigue 6%
  • Drowsiness 4%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 2%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 1%
  • Vision abnormal 1%
  • Vertigo 1%
  • Sexual dysfunction 1%
  • Pain 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Rapaflo side effects.

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FDA side effect reports for Hytrin »
  • Inflammation inside the nose 10%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Cough increased 3%
  • Infection 3%
  • Muscle weakness 3%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Sinus inflammation 2%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Tooth disorder 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Uroxatral side effects.

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How it works
CarduraRapafloHytrinFlomaxUroxatral
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.Coming soon.Coming soon.Flomax (Tamsulosin) is an alpha-1 blocker. It specifically targets and relaxes muscles in your prostate, which makes it easier to urinate.Coming soon.
Type of medication
CarduraRapafloHytrinFlomaxUroxatral
Antihypertensive
Alpha blocker
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Coming soon.
Alpha blockerPrescription only
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Available as
CarduraRapafloHytrinFlomaxUroxatral
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for (click to learn more)
CarduraRapafloHytrinFlomaxUroxatral
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia Hypertension
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia - Lower urinary tract symptoms
Risk factors for serious side effects
CarduraRapafloHytrinFlomaxUroxatral
  • Age 65 years or older
    • Cataract surgery
    Detailed Cardura (Doxazosin) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy category
    CarduraRapafloHytrinFlomaxUroxatral
    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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    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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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
    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    See the FDA package insert
    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    • Take this 30 minutes after the same meal every day.
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    Kidneys and liver
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    Sex
    • Rare reports of a painful erection unrelieved by sex have been reported by men who take Cardura (Doxazosin), which is also called priapism. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop this as impotence can happen if this isn't treated in time.
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    • Can reduce sex drive.
    • Can cause changes in sex drive.
    No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
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    Weight
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    Upsides and benefits
    CarduraRapafloHytrinFlomaxUroxatral
    • A first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate. Makes it easier to urinate.
    Coming soon.Coming soon.
    • First-choice medication for relieving the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
    • Helps make urinating easier.
    • Available as a generic medication.
    • Also available in a combination form with another medication to treat more severe symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
    • Since it works only on the muscles around the prostate, it has fewer blood pressure and heart-related side effects than other medicines in the same class.
    Coming soon.
    Downsides and risks
    CarduraRapafloHytrinFlomaxUroxatral
    • 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.
    Coming soon.Coming soon.
    • Has to be taken the same time every day.
    • It can take up to one month to see the full effects of the medication.
    • Can reduce sex drive.
    • Flomax (Tamsulosin) can't be stopped suddenly, so you'll need to talk to your doctor about how to stop taking it safely.
    • It doesn't shrink the size of the prostate.
    Coming soon.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    CarduraRapafloHytrinFlomaxUroxatral
    • Can cause dizziness or fainting in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Can cause fatigue or headache.
    • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.
    • You might need to check your blood pressure from time to time while taking this medicine.
    • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
    Coming soon.Coming soon.
    • Take this 30 minutes after the same meal every day.
    • Can cause dizziness, muscle pain, headache and stuffy/runny nose.
    • Can cause changes in sex drive.
    • Don't stop taking this medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.
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