Cardura General Information
Cardura is an alpha blocker used for treating high blood pressure and treating signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
In high blood pressure Cardura works by relaxing muscles in the blood vessels. This allows blood and oxygen to circulate more easily around the body, lowering blood pressure and reducing the strain on the heart.
In BPH, Cardura works by relaxing muscles around the urethra (the tube that drains urine from the bladder), which improves urinary symptoms. Cardura relieves symptoms such as a weak stream, dribbling, incomplete emptying of the bladder, frequent urination, and burning during urination.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Cardura exactly as directed.
Cardura tablet is usually taken with or without food once a day in the morning or in the evening.
It may take a few weeks before you feel the full benefit of Cardura. Do not stop taking Cardura without talking to your doctor.
If you miss a dose of Cardura, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store Cardura at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture.
Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.
Cardura Possible Side Effects
Dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, headache, constipation, loss of appetite, dry mouth, tiredness, stuffy nose, blurred vision, dry eyes or trouble sleeping may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication.
If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly.
Also limit your intake of alcoholic beverages and avoid getting overheated which will aggravate these effects.
Notify your doctor if you experience trouble breathing, chest pain, depression, skin rash, swelling of hands or feet or sexual problems.
Males: Very unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if painful, prolonged erection occurs.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.
Cardura Missed Dose
If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Check with your doctor if 2 or more doses have been missed.
Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use (both prescription and nonprescription).
Avoid any drugs that increase your heart rate or make you excited like decongestants because it may counteract your blood pressure medicine.
Decongestants are commonly found in over-the-counter cough and cold products.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.