Hytrin is one of the medications that can manage hypertension. It is a prescription drug that should be used only according to recommendations of a healthcare provider. Hytrin has terazosin hydrochloride as its active ingredient. Another brand name of this drug is Zayasel.
Hytrin belongs to alpha-adrenergic blockers. It is used for treatment of different conditions, including hypertension, which helps prevent various serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes and kidney diseases. This drug acts by relaxing blood vessels, so that blood can flow easily. Also Hytrin can be used to relax muscles in the bladder neck and prostate, allowing urinating more easily.
The medication is available in tablets of 1, 2, 5 or 10 mg. Before you start using it, you should tell your healthcare provider about all the health conditions that you have.
You should start using this medication with low dose and increase it gradually if it is needed. Do not stop taking it suddenly. Several days are needed to discontinue using this drug. If Hytrin is used for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), you should start the intake with 1 mg before going to bed. The dosage can be gradually increased up to 10 mg if no severe side effects occur.
Usually, you should take this drug for 4–6 weeks. Although it is possible to take this medication in the dosage of 20 mg, it can be only recommended by your healthcare provider to reach the maximum effects of the drug. For treatment of hypertension, the dosage is used every 12 or 24 hours. The initial dose is 1 mg that may be increased up to 20 mg a day. It is important to check blood pressure every 2-3 hours to monitor the effectiveness of the drug.
What Side Effects It Can Cause
Once you start taking this drug, you should control your health condition. It is important to note all the side effects that you may have. The following are the most common adverse reactions:
If you experience severe side effects, you should not take Hytrin anymore. Also, you should call your healthcare provider immediately. The following are severe side effects that you may have:
Tingling in the feet or hands;
Swelling of the ankles, feet, or hands;
Rapid weight gain.
How to Use It with Other Medications
There are 391 medications that should not be combined with Hytrin due to possible drug interaction. The following five drugs used in a combination with Hytrin can cause a major interaction:
Timothy grass pollen allergen extract;
Mixed grass pollen allergen extract;
Ragweed pollen allergen extract;
Also, you should not use Hytrin with the following medicines:
Dutasteride, and others.