Prazosin - Drug Information

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General Information on Prazosin

Generic Name : Prazosin

Pronunciation : pra’ zoe sin

Latest prescription information about Prazosin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y51.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Adrenergic Blockers - Peripherally Acting

Why is Prazosin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an alpha-blocker, prescribed for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).  It works by relaxing the blood vessels.

When should Prazosin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Prazosin?

The recommended initial dose is 1 mg, two or three times a day. It may be increased if needed.

How should Prazosin be taken?

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Prazosin?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of chest pain, heart disease, narcolepsy, or kidney problems, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• It may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting, do not drive a car or operate machinery and get up slowly from bed while taking this medication.
• Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the side effects of Prazosin?

•   Most Common : Dizziness, headache, drowsiness, lack of energy, weakness, palpitations and nausea.
•   Gastrointestinal : Vomiting, diarrhea and constipation.
•   Heart : Edema, low blood pressure, difficulty in breathing and fainting.
•   Central Nervous System : Unsteadiness, depression and nervousness.
•   Skin : Rash.
•   Genitourinary : Urinary frequency.
•   Eye and ENT : Blurred vision, redness, nosebleed, dry mouth and nasal congestion.

What are the other precautions for Prazosin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Prazosin?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children.

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