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Prazosin, Minipress

Description

Prazosin, an antihypertensive, a quinazoline derivative, is the first of a new chemical class of antihypertensives.

Action

antihypertensive

Indications

Prazosin hydrochloride capsules are indicated in the treatment of hypertension. They can be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive drugs such as diuretics or beta-adrenergic blocking agents.

Side Effects

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

* More common
o Dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position; fainting (sudden)

* Less common
o Loss of bladder control; pounding heartbeat ; swelling of feet or lower legs

* Rare
o Chest pain; painful inappropriate erection of penis (continuing); shortness of breath

Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

* More common
o Drowsiness; headache; lack of energy

* Less common
o Dryness of mouth; nervousness; unusual tiredness or weakness

* Rare
o Frequent urge to urinate; nausea

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