It is used to treat hypertension and BPH i.e. benign prostate hyperplasia.
However, your doctor may also prescribe Generic doxazosin for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Generic doxazosin
The ideal way to use Generic doxazosin is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Generic doxazosin should/may be taken with or without a meal to avoid stomach problems.
The ideal way is to take the very first dose at bedtime since the generic doxazosin may cause a sudden drop in blood pressure. Hence ,if the patient needs to stand a very careful and a gradual progression from the lying position to sitting and then to the standing position is suggested.
Preferably, Generic doxazosin should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Generic doxazosin without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Generic doxazosin mainly is a quinazoline which is an alpha blocker. It basically relaxes the muscles in the blood vessels which has thus reduces their contraction thus resulting in reducing the blood pressure. Generic doxazosin also relaxes the muscles around the urethra ,which drains urine from the bladder and thus helps in easy urination.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Generic doxazosin to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Generic doxazosin between 68 to 77 degrees F (20 and 25 Degrees C).Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets
Consult your doctor before using Generic doxazosin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Generic doxazosin as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
In the extremely rare event that you experience a painful erection that lasts for 4 hours or more, then you must contact your doctor immediately for it may lead to permanent damage of the penile tissues and lead to impotency
Dizziness and light headedness on sudden postural changes so avoid hence change your postures gradually and slowly
Be very cautious during stressful exercise and prolonged standing in hot weather.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Generic doxazosin as Generic doxazosin may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Generic doxazosin is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Generic doxazosin can interact with certain medicines. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests including while taking Generic doxazosin. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.