What do doxazosin tablets do?
DOXAZOSIN (Cardura(R)) is an antihypertensive. Doxazosin lowers, but does not cure, high blood pressure. It works by relaxing your blood vessels. It also can be used to treat enlargement of the prostate gland in men. Generic doxazosin tablets are available.
What should my health care professional know before I take doxazosin?
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
• kidney disease
• liver disease
• low blood pressure
• an unusual or allergic reaction to doxazosin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take doxazosin tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. Take your doses at regular intervals even if you feel better. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with doxazosin?
• antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen)
• female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
• medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
• medicines for high blood pressure
• water pills
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your prescriber or health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking doxazosin?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
• difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
• dizziness or drowsiness
• fainting spells
• numbness in hands or feet
• palpitations or pounding heart, irregular heartbeat
• swelling of the legs or ankles
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• unusual tiredness