Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adult: Initially, 1 mg at bedtime, may be doubled at 1-2 wk intervals according to response. Maintenance: Up to 4 mg once daily. Max: 16 mg/day. Extended-release: Initially, 4 mg once daily, may increase to max 8 mg once daily after 4 wk.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia
Adult: Initially, 1 mg at bedtime, may be doubled at 1-2 wk intervals according to response. Maintenance: 2-4 mg/day. Max: 8 mg/day. Extended-release: Initially, 4 mg once daily, may increase to max 8 mg once daily after 4 wk.
May be taken with or without food.
Patient w/ history of orthostatic hypotension; benign prostatic hyperplasia and concomitant congestion of the upper urinary tract, chronic urinary tract infection or bladder stones; monotherapy in patients w/ either overflow bladder or anuria w/ or w/o progressive renal insufficiency.
Special Precautions
Prostatic carcinoma should be ruled out before starting therapy. Hepatic impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Orthostatic hypotension may occur at the initiation of therapy or during dose increase, Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome (IFIS) during cataract surgery, hypotension, syncope, palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, lethargy, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, dry mouth, oedema, rhinitis, dyspnoea, arthralgia/arthritis, muscle weakness, myalgia, muscle cramps, pruritus, rash, facial oedema, polyuria, urinary incontinence, visual abnormalities, tinnitus; reduced leukocyte and neutrophil counts. Rarely, priapism can occur.
Patient Counseling Information
May impair ability to drive and operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor BP and renal function.
Symptoms: Hypotension. Management: Place patient in supine, head down position. If necessary, a vasopressor may be used.
Drug Interactions
Concomitant admin w/ phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors (e.g. sildenafil) may lead to symptomatic hypotension. Potentiates the BP lowering activity of other α-blockers and other antihypertensives.
Description: Doxazosin competitively blocks the α1-adrenoceptors on postsynaptic effector cells in arteriolar and venous vascular beds resulting in vasodilation of veins and arterioles and decrease in total peripheral resistance and BP.
Duration: >24 hr.
Absorption: Well absorbed from the GI tract. Bioavailability: Approx 65%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 2-3 hr.
Distribution: Plasma protein binding: Approx 98%.
Metabolism: Extensively hepatic primarily via CYP3A4, secondary pathways via CYP2D6 and CYP2C19.
Excretion: Via faeces as metabolites and as unchanged drug (small amount). Terminal half-life: Approx 22 hr.
Store below 30°C.
MIMS Class
Drugs for Bladder & Prostate Disorders / Other Antihypertensives
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