In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02240588 ||APO-DOXAZOSIN 1MG TABLET|
|02240589 ||APO-DOXAZOSIN 2MG TABLET|
|02240590 ||APO-DOXAZOSIN 4MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Doxazosin belongs to the family of medications called antihypertensives, specifically the alpha-1 receptor antagonists (alpha blockers). It is used to treat mild to moderate high blood pressure. It may be used alone or in combination with other medications that treat high blood pressure. It works to control blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels.
It is also used to treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH or enlarged prostate). It works to relax the muscles around the neck of the bladder, allowing urine to flow out more freely. You may notice an improvement in symptoms within 1 to 2 weeks.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
High blood pressure: The recommended adult dose of doxazosin ranges from 1 mg to 16 mg daily, depending on the needs and circumstances of the person. The recommended initial dose of doxazosin for blood pressure is 1 mg once daily. This dose can be doubled every 1 to 2 weeks to a maximum of 16 mg once daily.
BPH: The recommended dose for symptoms of enlarged prostate ranges from 1 mg to 8 mg once daily, depending on the needs and circumstances of the person. The recommended initial dose of doxazosin for BPH is 1 mg once daily. This dose can be doubled every 1 to 2 weeks to a maximum of 8 mg once daily.
Doxazosin can be taken with or without food.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
This medication is available as 1 mg, 2 mg, and 4 mg tablets.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to doxazosin, quinazolines or any ingredients of the medication.