About Terazosin (Hytrin)

Terazosin is commonly known by its brand name hytrin and belongs to a group of drugs known as alpha-adrenergic blockers. This drug has a relaxing effect on your arteries and veins, aiding the blood to pass through the vessels with ease. It also causes a relaxing effect on the muscles present in the bladder neck and prostate, which eases urination. Hytrin has been developed for people who suffer from condition of hypertension (high blood pressure) and to aid in urination for men who suffer from enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia). Terazosin is a prescription drug and cannot be purchased over the counter at any pharmaceutical store. Terazosin comes in the form of capsules and is usually prescribed once a day before or after the meals. Make sure you consult with your doctor and pharmacist about the right dosage and time when Terazosin is to be taken. This drug has been developed to control high levels of blood pressure and facilitate urination, but it may take about 6 to 8 weeks until you experience the complete benefits. Since the drug has been engineered to reduce the blood pressure levels, you may occasionally experience lightheadedness for a few days. The doctor will start your Terazosin medication from a low dosage level and will gradually increase it with time and effectiveness. For any reason, if you stop your regular Terazosin dosage, inform the doctor and they will ask you to start with the drug from a low dosage and increase the dose gradually again. 


During the beginning of taking Terazosin, you might experience dizziness, so it is been advised to consume the medicine before bedtime. When starting with a regular dose of Terazosin, be alert when performing tasks such as driving, handling heavy machinery or any other physical activity. If you have been diagnosed to be allergic to Terazosin, your doctor may advise you any other medication. During cataract surgery, this drug can affect the pupils. Inform your surgeon that you are consuming the drug before the surgery, do not stop taking the drug without the advice of the surgeon. If you have a medical history of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, special laboratory tests and dose adjustment may be required before you can take Terazosin. In context to pregnancy, this is an FDA pregnancy category C drug, which means that its adverse effects on the health of the unborn baby are not yet tested. If you are planning a pregnancy, or are already pregnant while using this medication, inform your doctor about it and follow their advice. It is unknown whether Terazosin is passed to the infant through the breast milk of the mother, so it is advised that you consult your doctor when you are nursing a baby. 


When you first start with Terazosin, the lowered blood pressure may reflect symptoms of dizziness and the feeling of passing out. These symptoms are not dangerous, but it is advised to consult your doctor if the feeling does not go away for a long time. The doctor might have to reduce the dosage so that your blood pressure does not become too low. Visit your doctor for a regular checkup to have your blood pressure checked and your prostate examined. You must continue your Terazosin medication even if you feel alright. There are no symptoms often associated with an escalated blood pressure, so you may have to continue the medication for lifetime. In case you miss your dose of Terazosin, take the medication as soon as you remember. However, if you remember about the missed dose only just some time prior to the next dosage, skip the missed dose of the medication. Avoid taking extra dose of medication to make up for the missed dose and if you have missed your regular dose of Terazosin for several days, consult your doctor before you begin taking the medication again. In case you consume an excessive amount of the medication and overdose, reach out for the Poison helpline immediately at 1-800-222-1222. Some of the symptoms of Terazosin overdose may include fainting or extreme dizziness. When starting with this medication, look out for signs of allergic reactions such as difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, lips throat and tongue. This medication has been associated with side effects such as pounding heartbeats and fluttering, extreme dizziness, and an erection that may be painful and last for hours at a stretch. Consult your doctor immediately if you encounter any of the above symptoms or side effects. 

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