Chemical Name: TERAZOSIN (ter-AY-zoe-sin)
Terazosin is an alpha blocker used to treat high blood pressure and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Terazosin may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Terazosin. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE Terazosin if you are also taking certain medicines for erectile dysfunction such as sildenafil, tadalafil, or vardenafil. ADDITIONAL MONITORING of your dose or condition may be needed if you are also taking verapamil. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Follow the directions for using Terazosin provided by your doctor. STORE Terazosin at room temperature, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Terazosin, take it as soon as possible. If you are taking 1 dose daily and do not remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Terazosin may cause drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Terazosin. Terazosin MAY CAUSE dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting after the first dose. Take the first dose at bedtime. If you get up during the night, sit up and stand up slowly. Continue to sit up and stand slowly while you are taking this medicine. BE CAREFUL DURING exercise, hot weather, and if you must stand for long periods of time. BEFORE DRINKING ALCOHOL, discuss it with your doctor. Alcohol may worsen dizziness or lightheadedness. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF Terazosin IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Terazosin, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include dizziness, headache, nausea, drowsiness, lack of energy, dry mouth, or nasal congestion. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience chest pain, swelling of hands or feet, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, decreased sexual ability, easy bleeding or bruising, or irregular or unusually fast heartbeat. IF YOU EXPERIENCE difficulty breathing; tightness of chest; swelling of eyelids, face, or lips; or if you develop a rash or hives, tell your doctor immediately. Do not take any more doses of Terazosin unless your doctor tells you to do so. If you notice other effects not listed above contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job. Use our drug interaction checker to find out if your medicines interact with each other.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include dizziness and weakness.
DO NOT SHARE Terazosin with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Terazosin for other health conditions. KEEP Terazosin out of the reach of children. IF USING Terazosin FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.