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Cardura for Prostate: Benefits and Risks You Need to Know

By    |   Thursday, 18 February 2016 06:59 PM

A primary complication for men who have an enlarged prostate gland is trouble urinating. A prescription drug called Cardura may alleviate these symptoms.

Cardura is the brand name of the generic drug called doxazosin. It belongs to a class of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers. These drugs work by relaxing arteries and veins, making blood pass through more easily.

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According to Drugs.com, Cardura can also relax the muscles in the prostate gland and bladder as well, making urination easier. Cardura is used to treat both hypertension, or high blood pressure, and benign prostatic hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate gland.

The prostate gland sits just below the bladder in men, and as it gets larger, it may press on the tube that drains urine from the bladder, according to the Mayo Clinic. This is why a weak urine stream, needing to urinate frequently, and an inability to empty the bladder completely each time is common with enlarged prostate.

Taking Cardura can help relax the muscles so urine can pass freely from the bladder. However, Cardura does not treat the root cause of the problem, the enlarged prostate itself, says Mayo Clinic. Since it is only treating symptoms, the enlarged prostate may continue to grow over time. Surgery may still be needed if the condition continues to get worse.

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Like most prescription medications, the potential benefits come with possible side effects. eMedicineHealth lists the less serious side effects of Cardura as:

• Mild dizziness
• Feeling tired or drowsy
• Runny nose
• Headache
• Nausea

Mayo Clinic cautions patients taking Cardura to be careful when driving a car or getting up from a sitting or laying position because dizziness can occur. The Clinic also recommends caution when exercising in hot weather or standing for long periods of time. Patients should avoid drinking alcohol until they know how the drug affects them.

Finally, eMedicineHealth advises calling your doctor immediately if you are taking Cardura and feel as though you might pass out, have trouble breathing, notice swelling in the hands, experience a painful erection that lasts for more than 4 hours, or have a pounding, rapid heartbeat.

You should discuss all medications you are taking and your personal situation with your physician before taking Cardura for enlarged prostate.

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