Generic Name(s): Terazosin
Drug Class: Alpha blockers
Treats: Hypertension, Hyperplasia of Prostate
Hytrin (Terazosin) is a drug that falls in the Alpha 1 Antagonist medications, prescribed for hypertension and hyperplasia of the prostate which causes difficulties in passing urine. It works by relaxing concerned muscles in the prostate and the arteries.
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Hytrin was approved in 1987 by FDA as a prescription drug in the event of urine obstruction and in Hypertension cases. In older men, the prostate gland often enlarges with age and starts to press on the urethra. This causes obstruction of urine. Hytrin relaxes the muscles in the prostate so urine can pass freely. To curb high blood pressured, Hytrin is used to suppress the Alpha Receptors in the walls of blood vessels so that blood can flow easily. When a person is on high blood pressure medication, Hytrin is given as a physical boost to the intended processes. Below you will find the uses of Hytrin.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia
- Difficulty urinating
The dosage of Hytrin may vary according to body weight. It also be prescribed either as a combination with blood pressure medication or as a single prescription to combat bladder obstruction. Hytrin has been recorded to cause drowsiness and is thus best taken at bedtime at the start. Below you will find a typical dosage of Hytrin.
- For enlarged prostate 1 mg at bedtime. This dosage may be increased on a weekly basis to 2-5 mg according the physician's discretion.
- For hypertension, 1 mg at is taken. Depending on the patient, this may be increased to 1 mg to 5 mg once or twice a day.
Hytrin Side Effects
Hytrin has been known to exhibit these side effects upon use. This list has those common in all patients and not very serious. Note that not all possible side effects are listed.
- Blurred Vision
- Mild Dizziness
These can be counteracted by not standing for long periods. Avoid working in conditions that cause your body to heat up. Contact your doctor immediately should you exhibit any side effects or a combination of these. Serious side effects
- Chest pains
- Sudden fainting
- Prolonged or painful erection
- Pounding heartbeat
Like any drug, Hytrin may interact with other drugs and substances. Tell your doctor about any drugs you are taking, including over the counter medications. Do not take if you are allergic to Terazosin as Hytrin contains Terazosin. Should you miss a dose, take as soon as you remember but if it is close to the time for the next dose, just take the next dose. Let your doctor know if you have skipped a dose for several days. Below you will find drugs that may interact with Hytrin. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.
- Water pills or diuretics