It is advisable not to use hytrin or terazosin if you know that you are allergic to it. Hytrin or terazosin may cause fainting or dizziness especially at the first time of taking it or when you start to take it again. If the medication makes you feel lightheaded it is good to take it during bedtime. For those who drive one should be very careful due to the side effects of the drug for example dizziness or fainting.

How Effective is Hytrin?

How Effective is Hytrin?

Hytrin or terazosin is in a particular group of drugs namely alpha-adrenergic blockers. Hytrin is effectively used to relax a person's veins arteries and veins to enable blood to pass through them easily.

Hytrin or terazosin also helps to effectively relax muscles in the bladder neck and prostrate which makes it easier for one to urinate. Hytrin or terazosin is used to effectively treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and also help men with enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) during urination.

One should also avoid standing for long hours or being overheated during hot seasons and during exercise. Due to dizziness one should avoid waking up fast from a lying or sitting position. In case you stop taking hytrin or terazosin for a given reason it is important to inform your doctor before you restart the drug again since you may require a dose adjustment.

Hytrin or terazosin affects someone's pupils during the time of cataract surgery that is why it is very important to inform your surgeon before the surgery that you are using hytrin. Also note that you should not stop using this drug before your surgery unless your surgeon tells you not to use it. Most importantly inform your doctor about any other medication prescribed to you especially medications for blood pressure which include water pills (diuretics).

Before Taking Hytrin

Hytrin or terazosin affects ones pupils during cataract surgery and it is very important to inform your eye surgeon before the surgery that you are using hytrin. Also do not stop using hytrin or terazosin before your surgery unless you surgeon advises you to stop using it. If you ever suffer from prostate cancer you will need some special tests or dose adjustment so that you can be safe to use hytrin

One should not use hytrin or terazosin if he or she is allergic to terazosin. FDA pregnancy which is in category C, it is not clearly known whether hytrin or terazosin can harm the unborn baby. Before or when using this medication, inform your doctor if you are at that time pregnant or have any plans of becoming pregnant. It is not known yet whether hytrin or terazosin is passed to the baby during the period of breastfeeding or not, that is why it is important to inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding even before using hytrin.

How Should I Take Hytrin?

You should take hytrin or terazosin according to the doctor's prescription. Be careful not to take smaller or larger amounts or even for a long time than the doctor's recommendation. Make sure to follow the instructions on the prescription label. The doctor is likely to change your dosage for your own benefit.

Hytrin or terazosin is used to lower a person's blood pressure and it is likely to cause fainting or dizziness especially when it the first time to take it or if you are restarting it. At some point one may wish to take this medication during bedtime if it makes you feel lightheaded. It is good to reach out to your doctor if may feel to pass out or have some dizziness. Also be careful especially when sitting or standing up from any lying position since you may feel kind of dizzy when you wake up very fast.

In case you stop taking hytrin or terazosin for a given reason it is important to inform your doctor before you restart taking it since you may require a dose adjustment.

Your prostrate or blood pressure will require frequent checkup. It is good to visit your personal doctor more often.

If you are taking hytrin or terazosin to treat high blood pressure you should continue using it even after you feel well. High blood pressure is known to often have no symptoms. One may be required to treat blood pressure continuously in the future without stopping, this is because some things may cause low blood pressure which includes diarrhea, vomiting, heart disease, heavy sweating, low salt diet or even taking diuretics. Make sure to inform your doctor if you have any prolonged disease that cause vomiting or diarrhea.

What are the Side Effects of Hytrin?

You should get immediate medication if you experience any of the following allergic reactions after using hytrin or terazosin; difficulties breathing, hives and swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue. It is also important to inform your doctor you experience the following side effects:

  • Pounding or fast heartbeats
  • Any fluttering in the chest
  • Swelling of your feet ankles or hands
  • Feeling to pass out
  • Pain during penis erection lasting for 4hrs or longer.

The following are less serious side effects caused by hytrin:

  • Headache, nausea, blurred vision
  • Mild dizziness and weakness or drowsiness.

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Last Modified On: September 29, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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