Doxacard - 4 mg (Cardura)
US Brand Name Cardura
Strength 4mg
Generic Name Doxazosin Mesylate
Manufacturer Cipla
Pharmaceutical Form Tablet/s

Doxacard-4 MG


This drug is most often called as Doxazosin Mesylate, a kind of drug which belongs to a family of alpha- adrenergic blockers. It is sold under various trade names including Cardura, Doxacarad (made by Cipla) and other brand names that are sold in different countries.  Doxazosin Mesylate is primarily prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure, and to improve urination in men who have the problem of benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate which makes urination difficult). It is also prescribed for other purposes which are not listed here.


This drug is helpful in relaxing the blood vessels (veins and arteries) so that blood flow smoothly. Doxazosin Mesylate also relaxes the muscles in prostate and bladder neck, thereby making urination easier in person who have enlarged bladder problem.



Important information about Doxazosin Mesylate


You should not take Doxazosin Mesylate (Cardura, Doxacard), if you have known allergy to it, or if you are using similar medicines such as alfuzosin, prazosin, terazosin, silodosin, or tamsulosin. It affects the eye pupils during cataract surgery. It is extremely important to inform your eye surgeon that you are taking this medicine. Don’t stop taking this medicine without your doctor’s permission. You may experience fainting or giddiness in the starting days of taking Doxazosin Mesylate or when you take it after a long time period.  


If you have liver disease or a history of prostate cancer, you may need special care about dose adjustment to safely take Doxazosin Mesylate. It belongs to a class of FDA pregnancy C drug. It is not known whether it can harm an unborn baby if the drug has taken during the pregnancy stage. It is always advisable to ask your doctor if it is safe to in take this medicine while you are breast feeding.   



Before taking Doxazosin Mesylate


Take care of all the precautions mentioned above before taking Doxazosin Mesylate (Cardura, Doxacard) medicine. Discuss all the conditions with your doctor and clear all the doubts about this medicine.  



Dosage Information


You should take Doxazosin Mesylate strictly by following the instructions given by your doctor. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advices you to do so. Prohibit the use of this drug if the prescription period is over. All medicines are come with a patient leaflet; you should go through the leaflet to know detailed information. Always store the medicine in a cool and dry place. It may lower down your blood pressure and may results into dizziness, or feel like you may faint. When you first wakeup after the dose of Doxazosin Mesylate, you may feel very dizzy, so take extra care while standing up from a sitting or lying position.


It is extremely important to do regular checkup of your blood pressure and prostate. If you may watch out the conditions like vomiting, diarrhea, heavy sweating, heart disease, low salt diet, heart disease, or taking diuretics (water pills), while being treated with Doxazosin Mesylate, let you doctor know immediately.



What if you miss a dose


If you miss a dose of Doxazosin Mesylate, take it as soon as you remember. Don’t take the missed one dose if the next dose time is up.



What if you overdose


In case of an overdose, seek medical attention immediately or contact your doctor. Overdose of this drug may cause some serious symptoms such as dizziness and fainting.



Things and activities to avoid


Doxazosin Mesylate persuade the impact on your reflexes and mental awareness. You should avoid the activities which require high degree of mental awareness and reflexes such as driving. Also, avoid the habit of getting up suddenly from sitting or lying posture. Limit the consumption of alcohol.   



Side Effects


Some serious side effects pertaining to this medicine are chest pain (new or deteriorating), feeling like you may faint, fever, nausea, stomach pain, appetite loss, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, or painful and prolonged penis erection that can last for 4 hours or longer. Contact your doctor or seek the medical emergency in case of these conditions. Some less serious side effects caused by Doxazosin Mesylate are mild dizziness, headache, overall weakness, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, back pain, dental problems, blurred vision, sleep problems (insomnia), lower libido, abnormal ejaculation, runny nose, sore throat, or cough. These are not all the side effects mentioned above. There may be others as well.



Interaction with other drugs


Many other drugs can interact with Doxazosin Mesylate such as Sildenafil, Tadalafil, Vardenafil, or other blood pressure medicines, including diuretics. These are not only the drugs which can interact with it. There may be some others which lead to serious effects. Always consult your doctor about starting a new medication.

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