What is Doxacard (Doxazosin) used for?
Doxacard (Doxazosin) is an oral alpha-adrenergic blocker prescribed to treat patients suffering from hypertension or urinary retention caused by an enlarged prostate. It operates by relaxing the veins and arteries in the body allowing easier circulation reducing the amount of work placed on the heart. This action may also reduce the size of an enlarged prostate allowing easier urination and preventing involuntary leakage from the bladder. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Doxacard (Doxazosin)?
Always follow your physician's instructions while using Doxacard (Doxazosin) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally administered each day, but your particular dosage will depend on the condition being treated, your weight, current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and can be taken on an empty stomach, but a snack or meal is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Never split, chew, or crush the tablets before use to prevent destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Note that the medication may cause faintness or dizziness within two to six hours following administration. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Doxacard (Doxazosin)?
Some patients using Doxacard (Doxazosin) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical assistance include faintness, irregular heartbeats, unusual swelling of the extremities, difficulty breathing, or a painful erection lasting longer than four hours. Always inform your physician about any unusual symptoms you encounter that are intense or worrying to make sure the correct changes are made to your regimen to prevent further complications from occurring.
Do not use Doxacard (Doxazosin) if you are breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, allergic to quinazoline medications, if the patient being treated is a child, or if you have overflow incontinence, postural hypotension, a urinary tract infection, or hypotension. It is also suggested to disclose if you are elderly or have pulmonary edema, heart failure, or decreased liver function as these conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Doxacard (Doxazosin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.