Brand Names : Hytrin
Proper Use of This Medicine
taking this medicine for high blood pressure
In addition to the use of the medicine your doctor has prescribed,
treatment for your high blood pressure may include weight control and care
in the types of foods you eat, especially foods high in sodium. Your doctor
will tell you which of these are most important for you. You should check
with your doctor before changing your diet.
Many patients who have high blood pressure will not notice any signs
of the problem. In fact, many may feel normal. It is very important that you
take your medicine exactly as directed
you keep your appointments with your doctor even if you feel well.
Remember that terazosin will not cure your high blood pressure but
it does help control it. Therefore, you must continue to take it as directed
if you expect to lower your blood pressure and keep it down. You may have to take high blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life
. If high blood pressure is not treated, it can cause serious problems
such as heart failure, blood vessel disease, stroke, or kidney disease.
For patients taking this medicine for benign enlargement
of the prostate
Remember that terazosin will not shrink the size of your prostate
but it does help to relieve the symptoms.
It may take up to 6 weeks before your symptoms get better.
To help you remember to take your medicine, try to get into the habit of
taking it at the same time each day.
Dosing - The dose of terazosin will be different for
different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the
directions on the label
. The following information includes only the
average doses of terazosin. If your dose is different,
do not change it
unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The number of tablets that you take depends on the strength of the medicine.
dosage form (tablets):
For benign enlargement of the prostate:
Adults - At first, 1 milligram (mg) taken at bedtime. Then, 5
to 10 mg once a day.
For high blood pressure:
Adults - At first, 1 mg taken at bedtime. Then, 1 to 5 mg once
Children - Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
Missed dose - If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as
soon as possible the same day. However, if you do not remember the missed
dose until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular
dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Storage - To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other
damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure
that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.