Tablets: 1 milligram,
Tablets: 2 milligrams,
Tablets: 4 milligrams,
Tablets: 8 milligrams.
Cardura is prescribed for the control of elevated blood pressure (hypertension) and for benign prostatic hyperplasia (noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland).
Cardura is prescribed in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate gland grows larger, pressing on the urethra and threatening to block the flow of urine from the bladder. The drug relieves symptoms such as a weak stream, dribbling, incomplete emptying of the bladder, frequent urination, and burning during urination.
Cardura is also prescribed in the treatment of high blood pressure. It is effective when prescribed alone or in combination with other blood pressure medications, such as diuretics, beta-blocking medications, calcium channel blockers or ACE inhibitors.
Doctors also prescribe Cardura, along with other drugs such as digitalis and diuretics, for treatment of congestive heart failure.
Cardura should be taken at doses specifically directed by your physician.
An uncommon but dangerous side effect is a drop in the white blood cells which normally help to fight infection.
Liver damage is uncommon. Dizziness and fainting can occur if the blood pressure is lowered too fast. Swelling of the ankles and fatigue may occur.
Most persons should have periodic blood studies while taking Cardura .
Cardura will rarely cause:
- Nasal Congestion;
- Sexual Dysfunction;
Cardura side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
Your doctor will adjust the dosage to fit your needs.
The usual starting dose is 1 mg taken once a day. To minimize the potential for dizziness or fainting associated with Cardura, which may occur between 2 and 6 hours after a dose, your doctor will monitor your blood pressure during this period and afterwards.
After the effects of the starting dose are measured, your doctor may increase the daily dose to 2 mg and then, if necessary, to 4 mg, 8 mg, or, in people with high blood pressure only, up to 16 mg. As the dose increases, the potential for side effects such as dizziness, vertigo, light-headedness, and fainting also increases.
The safety and effectiveness of this drug in children have not been established.