Cardura

(Doxazosin)

2.8/ 5 average rating with 101 reviewsforCardura
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Lowers blood pressure and makes it easier to urinate.

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Our bottom line

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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Quick facts about Cardura
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (doxazosin)

Upsides

  • A first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate. Makes it easier to urinate.
People’s experience with Cardura

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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.

Quick facts about Cardura
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (doxazosin)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
People’s experience with Cardura

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Side effect rates for Cardura (Doxazosin)

From 965 clinical trials of Cardura when taken for benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Dizziness
    16%16%
    9%9%
  • Headache
    10%10%
    9%9%
  • Fatigue
    8%8%
    2%2%
  • Edema
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Somnolence
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Back Pain
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Pain
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Hypotension
    2%2%
  • Abdominal Pain
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Dyspepsia
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Nausea
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Dyspnea
    2%2%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Cardura.

Cardura (Doxazosin)
Placebo

People taking Cardura felt side effect more

People taking Cardura felt side effect less

No difference

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.

Pharmacist Q&A

Cardura (Doxazosin) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).

Common concerns from people taking Cardura (Doxazosin)

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Pregnancy

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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Cardura
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Food
  • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.