Brand Names : Hytrin
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia therapy agent
Terazosin (ter-AY-zoe-sin) is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
High blood pressure adds to the work load of the heart and arteries. If
it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly.
This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting
in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. High blood pressure may also
increase the risk of heart attacks. These problems may be less likely to occur
if blood pressure is controlled.
Terazosin helps to lower blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels so that
blood passes through them more easily.
Terazosin is also used to treat benign enlargement of the prostate (benign
prostatic hyperplasia [BPH]). Benign enlargement of the prostate is a problem
that can occur in men as they get older. The prostate gland is located below
the bladder. As the prostate gland enlarges, certain muscles in the gland
may become tight and get in the way of the tube that drains urine from the
bladder. This can cause problems in urinating, such as a need to urinate often,
a weak stream when urinating, or a feeling of not being able to empty the
Terazosin helps relax the muscles in the prostate and the opening of the
bladder. This may help increase the flow of urine and/or decrease the symptoms.
However, terazosin will not help shrink the prostate. The prostate may continue
to grow. This may cause the symptoms to become worse over time. Therefore,
even though terazosin may lessen the problems caused by enlarged prostate
now, surgery still may be needed in the future.
Terazosin is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -