Prazosin is a prescription medicine that is used for treatment of hypertension. It can be used alone or with other drugs to lower blood pressure, which increases the risks of occurrence of a range of serious health conditions, such as stroke or heart attack.
Doses and Administration
Usually, this medication is prescribed in the dosage of 1 mg to take 2-3 times a day. If this dosage does not decrease blood pressure enough, it can be increased up to 5 mg. Do not start using this medication with high doses, because, first of all, you should make sure that the drug does not cause any severe side effects. You should increase the dose gradually, according to the recommendations of your healthcare provider.
How to Use It Safely?
When you use Prazosin for the first time, you may experience drowsiness and dizziness. That is why it is recommended to avoid driving or using machinery during the first 24 hours after you start taking this drug. If you stand up quickly, you may experience lightheadedness, dizziness and even fainting, so try not to get up too quickly. The same effects may take place if you use this medication along with alcohol. Try to reduce or at least limit alcohol consumption.
Before you are prescribed with this medication, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have the following conditions:
Plans to get pregnant in the nearest future;
Using herbal preparation, medicines (prescription or non-prescription), or dietary supplement;
Allergic reactions to foods, medications or other substances;
Plans to have an eye surgery
Do not use this drug if you have an allergy to its components.
What Side Effects Prazosin Can Cause
You may experience different side effects if you use this medication. The most common ones are the following:
Lack of energy;
Tell your healthcare provider if you have side effects, especially if he or she recommends increasing the dosage. If you start experiencing severe side effects, you should stop taking Prazosin. In this case, you may need immediate medical help, so you should call your healthcare provider. The following are severe side effects:
Swelling of your feet and hands;
Loss of consciousness;
Extremely fast heartbeat;
Erection that lasts for several hours;
How to Use Prazosin with Other Medications?
You should combine Prazosin with other medications wisely. There are 441 drugs that can interact with Prazosin. However, drug interaction may be dangerous, and that is why you should consult your healthcare provider before taking another medicine along with Prazosin. In particular, you should not mix Prazosin with the following remedies:
Mixed grass pollen allergen extract;
Timothy grass pollen allergen extract;
Ragweed pollen allergen extract;