Terazosin is used for treatment urinary obstruction caused by enlarged prostate. Hytrin increases urine flow by relaxing the smooth muscles of prostate. Terazosin is used together with another medications for treatment of high blood pressure as well.
Hytrin belongs to class of alpha 1 blockers which relaxes the smooth muscles of the arteries, the prostate, and the bladder neck.
Terazosin should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. The best way is to take Hytrin at one estimated time daily. Note, hat Hytrin may cause dizziness or fainting. To avoid this we advice to take the first dose of Terazosin near the bedtime.
You may take Terazosin with food or milk to avoid stomach upset.
If this medicine was prescribed to you and you feel well, do not stop to take it abruptly, because your dose may need to be decreased gradually. Especially this concerns those patients to whom Hytrin was prescribed for high blood pressure treatment.
If you miss a dose of Hytrin, take as soon as possible. Each dose must be taken at the same time daily. However if it is almost time for the next dose of Terazosin skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule instead of taking two doses of Terazosin. Do not "double-up" Hytrin the dose to catch up.
It is advisable to store Hytrin at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Store Terazosin away from children and pets.
Hytrin Safety Information
Follow these rules to make Terazosin intake safe:
- Use Terazosin at the same time each day;
- Do not exceed suggested doses;
- Before taking Hytrin tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, allergies (especially drug allergies);
- Take your first dose of Hytrin in seated position before bedtime to avoid fainting and dizziness;
- Do not perform any unsafe activity if you just took Terazosin for the first time;
- Limit your intake of alcohol while treatment with Terazosin.
Hytrin Side Effects
If any of these possible side effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor as soon as possible. Not that the first two side effect listed is normal adjustment of your body to the new medication and must stop in 3-4 days after you begin taking Terazosin.
- Dizziness, drowsiness, headache, constipation, loss of appetite;
- fatigue, nasal congestion or dry eyes;
- chest pain, swelling of the hands or feet,
- decreased sexual ability, easy bleeding or bruising, irregular or unusually painful, prolonged erection;
- fast heartbeat
- ringing in the ears;
- allergic reaction (rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing).
Allergic reaction is unlikely.
Other side effects not listed above also may occur. If so, contact your doctor for further treatment.