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Generic Cardura is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency.
It relieves the symptoms of BPH by relaxing the muscles of the bladder and prostate.
Generic Cardura is also used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Doxazosin is in a class of medications called alpha-blockers. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily through the body. High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure.
How to take
Generic Cardura comes as a tablet and an extended-release tablet to take by mouth. The Generic Cardura tablet is usually taken with or without food once a day in the morning or in the evening. Swallow the extended-release tablets whole; do not split, chew, or crush them.
Generic Cardura may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- shortness of breath
- weight gain
- muscle or joint pain or weakness
- abnormal vision
- runny nose
- decreased sexual ability
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- painful erection of the penis that lasts for hours
Doxazosin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Before taking Generic Cardura:
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to doxazosin, prazosin (Minipress), terazosin (Hytrin), or any other medications.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take.
Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio)
- tadalafil (Cialis);
- vardenafil (Levitra); or
- other blood pressure medications, including diuretics (water pills).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Generic Cardura.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses. If you miss several doses, call your doctor to see at what dose you should start again.
Keep out of the reach of children. Store away from heat and direct light. Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down. Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.
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