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Minipress is a blood pressure medication used to treat arterial hypertension (high blood pressure) and congestive heart failure.
This antihypertensive medication is generally well-tolerated and offers effective treatment for those with mild to severe high blood pressure. Minipress has been associated with postural hypotension after the first dose, but this can be avoided by taking low initial doses.
Uses and Dosage
The dose of Minipress prescribed will vary depending on the individual being treated. Always follow your doctor’s instructions and read packaging labels carefully.
- Swallow tablets whole
- Take with or without food
- Adults should take an initial dose of 1mg two or three times a day
- For monotherapy maintenance, doses can slowly increase to 20mg divided daily
- Most doses range from 6 to 15mg daily but some can benefit from up to 40mg daily
- When used with other drugs, doses should reduce to 1 or 2mg three times a day
- Continue taking Minipress as directed even if you feel well
- Your blood pressure should be checked frequently
- Minipress may cause dizziness, especially when first taking it or when your dose changes
- Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat
Minipress can cause some side effects to develop while it lowers your blood pressure. Speak with your doctor for more specific information relating to any symptoms that may occur when taking prazosin.
Common Minipress side effects:
- Dizziness, drowsiness
- Feeling weak or tired
Serious Side Effects
Some more serious adverse effects may occur when taking prazosin. Stop taking Minipress and call your doctor as soon as you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Light-headed feeling like you might pass out
- Pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest
- New or worsening chest pain
- Upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-coloured stools, jaundice
Seek immediate medical attention if you have a painful erection or ones that lasts longer than 4 hours. A prolonged erection can cause damage to the penis.
Do not use Minipress if you are allergic to Prazosin. If you notice signs of an allergic reaction, stop taking this medication and contact your doctor.
Minipress allergy symptoms may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
Avoid driving or performing any hazardous tasks while taking Minipress until you know how it will affect you. Prazosin may impair your reactions.
Drinking alcohol while taking Minipress can cause an increase in adverse effects.
To avoid getting dizzy, move slowly when getting up from a seated or lying position.
To ensure your safety in taking Minipress, tell your doctor if you have ever had low blood pressure, especially if it was caused by any medications.
Prazosin can affect your pupils; tell your surgeon that you take Minipress before having cataract surgery.
Some other drugs can interact with prazosin and may cause adverse reactions. Tell your doctor about all the medications you take, including over the counter medicine, vitamins, and herbal products, but especially any of the following:
- Other blood pressure medication
- Diuretic or water pill
- Sildenafil or other medications for erectile dysfunction
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking this medication. Minipress’s effects on unborn babies are unclear but having high blood pressure while pregnant can cause dangerous complications.
Before breastfeeding your child, ask your doctor about the risks of doing so while taking Minipress.
Minipress is not an approved treatment for anyone younger than 18 years of age.
Form and Strength
This antihypertensive medication is available in tablet form.
Minipress tablet strengths:
These Minipress tablets are all available in quantities of 100.
What precautions should be taken with Minipress?
When taking Minipress to treat hypertension or congestive heart failure, you should avoid driving or preforming any hazardous activities until you know how the drug will affect you. Prazosin may impair your reactions and could cause dizziness or drowsiness that may make these tasks dangerous. Thankfully however, this medication has a lower incidence of adverse effects.
What medications should not be taken with Minipress?
Minipress is often taken in combination with diuretics or other antihypertensive drugs, but some can cause adverse drug reactions. You should consult with your doctor before using this medication with propranolol or erectile dysfunction medicines such as sildenafil.
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