Hytrin®

Posted on February 15th, 2013 by

Class: Other

Generic Name: Terazosin

Trade Names: Hytrin®

How is this drug used? Hytrin is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and high blood pressure. It is a type of drug known as an alpha-blocker.

What is the mechanism of action? In the treatment of BPH, Hytrin relaxes a type of muscle in the prostate and at the opening of the bladder. This may improve urine flow and/or decrease BPH symptoms. Hytrin does not affect the size of the prostate.

How is Hytrin given (administered)? Hytrin is taken orally (by mouth).

How are patients monitored? Patients will usually have scheduled meetings with their healthcare provider while they are being treated with Hytrin.  Patients may also undergo physical examinations, blood tests, or other measures to assess side effects and response to therapy.

What are some of the potential side effects of treatment with Hytrin?

  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Difficulty getting or keeping an erection
  • Blurred or hazy vision
  • Nausea
  • Puffiness of the feet or hands
  • A sudden drop in blood pressure. This may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, or light-headed.
  • A prolonged, painful erection (this is rare)

This is not a complete list of side effects. Some patients may experience other side effects that are not listed here. Patients may wish to discuss with their physician the other less common side effects of this drug, some of which may be serious.

Some side effects may require medical attention. Other side effects do not require medical attention and may go away during treatment. Patients should check with their physician about any side effects that continue or are bothersome.

What can patients do to help alleviate or prevent discomfort and side effects?

  • Pay careful attention to the physician’s instructions, and discuss side effects with your physician.
  • Because of the risk of fainting or dizziness, get up slowly from a bed or chair until you learn how Hytrin affects you. Avoid driving and hazardous tasks until you’re used to Hytrin.
  • If you stop taking Hytrin for a few days, call your doctor. You may need to restart it at a lower dose and be cautious about dizziness.

Are there any special precautions patients should be aware of before starting treatment?

  • Patients should inform their physician about all medical conditions.
  • Patients should inform their physician of any other medication or supplement they are taking (whether prescription or over-the-counter).
  • Patients should be aware that Hytrin is not a treatment for prostate cancer.
  • Patients should tell their doctor if they are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant (applies to women who may be taking the drug for high blood pressure).

When should patients notify their physician?

Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects that bother you or don’t go away. Also seek immediate care if you notice signs of an allergic reaction, difficultly breathing or an abnormal heartbeat, or a prolonged, abnormal erection.

What is a package insert??

A package insert is required by the FDA and contains a summary of the essential scientific information needed for the safe and effective use of the drug for healthcare providers and consumers.  A package insert typically includes information regarding specific indications, administration schedules, dosing, side effects, contraindications, results from some clinical trials, chemical structure, pharmacokinetics and metabolism of the specific drug. By carefully reviewing the package insert, you will get the most complete and current information about how to safely use this drug. If you do not have the package insert for the drug you are using, your pharmacist or physician may be able to provide you with a copy.

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