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Prazosin

INFORMATION

Uses

Prazosin is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), increased blood pressure and heart failure.

How it works

Prazosin works by relaxing muscle around the bladder exit and prostate gland so urine is passed more easily. lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels.

Common side effects

Frequent and excessive erections of penis, Burning sensation, Itching, Chest pain, Decreased blood pressure, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Weakness, Dizziness, Headache, Nausea, Altered heart rate

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Expert advice

  • The drug can cause dizziness, drowziness or nausea. Consult your doctor, if these side effects do not improve.
  • Take the drug with food or at bedtime to avoid side effects.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this drug and consult your doctor, if it has not improved.
  • Do not drive or use any tools or machinery after taking prazosin.

Frequently asked questions

Prazosin

Q.What is minipress xl?
Minipress XL is a brand (proprietary) name of prazosin drug. Prazosin is an alpha blocker used in the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension)

Q.Is prazosin an opiate, narcotic, benzodiazepine, or beta-blocker?
No. Prazosin is not narcotic. It doesn't belong to opiate, benzodiazepine or beta blocker class. Prazosin is an alpha blocker used in the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension)

Q.Is prazosin safe?
Prazosin is generally well tolerated. Self-medication is always harmful, so it should be used only under the guidance and recommendations of a doctor

Q.Is prazosin addictive?
No. Prazosin does not have habit forming potential.


Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)