Generic name: Prazosin
Brand name: Minipress
Minipress is prescribed to cure high blood pressure. Minipress relaxes and expands blood vessels. This remedy may also be prescribed for congestive heart failure or Raynaud’s disease. It may also be used in males for symptoms of prostate enlargement such as urinary hesitancy and/or urgency.
Your physician may prescribe this remedy for other purposes. Contact your doctor if you need to learn more information about this drug.
Don’t stop treatment with Minipress earlier than it was prescribed by your doctor even if you notice improvements of your condition. Stopping the medication too early may worsen your condition. Be careful about doing dangerous tasks, driving, operating machinery or climbing until you are aware how this drug affects you. Don’t drink alcohol. Always contact a medic before giving Minipress to a child.
What symptoms or conditions should I report to a doctor before I take this medicine?
It is important to report to a doctor if you have or had the following conditions:
- an unusual or allergic reaction to Minipress, other foods, dyes, medicines or preservatives
- heart problems
- kidney problems
How do I take this medicine?
Note: This remedy was prescribed to you only. Don’t share this medicament with others. Follow strictly your doctor’s recommendations. Don’t take more or longer than your doctor recommended.
Minipress is taken orally with a glass of water with or without food. Take it regularly to get the most benefit from it.
Taking any medicine in large doses you can have serious consequences for your health. If you feel an overdose, contact your health care professional instantly.
In large doses, this remedy may cause the following conditions:
If you miss a dose:
In case you forgot to take the dose, take it at your earliest opportunity. Never double your dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Take only one dose at once.
- vardenafil (Levitra)
- diabetes or insulin drugs taken orally: tolazamide (Tolinase), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), or tolbutamide (Orinase)
- tadalafil (Cialis)
- other blood pressure medications, including diuretics (water pills)
- digoxin (Lanoxin, digitalis)
- gout medication: colchicine (Colcrys), allopurinol (Zyloprim), or probenecid (Benemid)
- sildenafil (Revatio, Viagra)
- a sedative such as chlordiazepoxide (Librium, Librax), diazepam (Valium), or phenobarbital (Solfoton, Luminal)
- heart rhythm drugs: quinidine (Quinidex, Quinaglute, Quin-Release), procainamide (Pronestyl, Procan), or propranolol (Inderal)
- fever, pain, or arthritis drugs: indomethacin (Indocin), aspirin, or propoxyphene (Darvocet, Darvon)
This list of interactions may be not complete. Provide your medical practitioners entire list of medicines, herbs, dietary supplements or non-prescription drugs you take. Moreover tell them whether you drink alcohol, use illegal drugs or smoke. Particular items may interact with your drug.
Contact your physician immediately if you notice any of the following serious side effects:
- allergy like skin rash, swelling of the face, tongue, lips, hives, difficulty breathing, itching
- feeling short of breath
- irregular heartbeats
- painful penis erection or erection which lasts 4 hours or longer
- feeling like you might pass out
- swelling in your feet or hands
Less serious side effects:
- blurred vision
- spinning sensation
- tingly feeling or numbness
- tired feeling
- dry mouth
- stuffy nose
This list of side effects may be not complete, others may occur. Inform your medical practitioners about all side effects you experience.
Contact your physician in case you have a prolonged illness that causes vomiting or diarrhea. Check your physician on a regular basis. Check also your blood pressure regularly. Inform your doctor in case you feel an irregular or fast heart beat. Follow your docotor’s instructions according special diet. This remedy should be used only when clearly needed during the first three months of pregnancy.Consult your physician if your are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to get pregnant. Don’t treat yourself for colds, coughs, or pain while you are taking this drug. Avoid standing or sitting up quickly, especially if you are an older patient.
If you are going to have surgery, inform your surgeon or dentist that you are taking this medication. Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking Minipress, unless your doctor has told you to.
Minipress should be stored at room temperature, in a tightly closed container. Protect from moisture, direct heat, and light. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep Minipress out of the reach of children and away from animals.
Warning: Before taking the medicine you need to consult your doctor. The information contained in this article is not intended to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, adverse effects, directions, uses, allergic reactions or warnings.