What is Cardura?
Cardura is used to treat high blood pressure and a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland). Cardura contains the active ingredient doxazosin, which works by widening the blood vessels and relaxing the muscles in the prostate gland and the bladder neck. In addition to reducing blood pressure in the vessels, this medicine also has a positive effect on cholesterol and other lipids. Cardura tablets are modified release tablets. This means that the active ingredients are released and absorbed slowly to reduce side effects and elongate their effect.
What is it used for?
Cardura is prescribed in the treatment of high blood pressure because it widens the blood vessels and improves circulation, and in doing so, brings down blood pressure. Cardura is also used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia and helps men to fully empty their bladder and get a stronger urinary stream.
How to use Cardura
Cardura tablets should be swallowed whole with plenty of water and can be taken with or without food. The tablets should not be crushed or chewed. This medicine should be taken once a day, preferably at the same time each day to avoid missing a dose. If you stop taking this medicine, the symptoms may reappear. Always consult your doctor before stopping the treatment.
You may sometimes notice the tablet shell in your stools. This is normal and nothing to worry about. Cardura tablets have a specially designed shell that is not absorbed by the body and is excreted in the faeces after the active ingredients have been released.
The usual dose is 4 mg a day, once a day. If the prescribed dose does not produce the desired effect, your doctor may increase the dose to 8 mg a day.
Cardura can have side effects, although side effects will be minimal due to the prolonged release characteristics. Possible side effects include:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
- Muscular pain
See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.
When not to use Cardura
Cardura should not be used in people with:
- hypersensitivity or an allergy to doxazosin;
- bladder infection;
- low blood pressure.
See the package leaflet for a full list of cautions and contraindications.
Cardura should not be used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Cardura may cause dizziness, especially during the first days of treatment. Do not drive until you know how the medicine affects you. Alcohol is known to increase the chance of side effects, so you should consume alcohol with caution.