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Overview

Cardura is used to treat high blood pressure. It may also be prescribed in combination with other drugs to treat congestive heart failure.

Doctors may also prescribe it to treat symptoms of benign prostate enlargement.

Side Effects and Interactions

People taking Cardura may experience drowsiness, and driving or operating complex equipment should be avoided unless the patient discovers that this is not the case for him or her.

Dizziness appears to be the most common reaction, followed by fatigue.

Abnormal vision, runny nose, and low blood pressure have also been reported. Report any symptoms to the physician promptly.

Cardura does not appear to interact with many other medications, but check with your doctor and pharmacist to make sure.

Special Precautions

The first few doses of Cardura may cause dizziness or fainting, especially for older people.

Be especially careful when sitting or standing up until your body adjusts.

Take the first dose at bedtime to minimize the risk of falling. If you miss a few pills or change to a new dose, exercise the same level of caution.

Taking the Medicine

Cardura may be taken when convenient, with or without food. It is taken once a day.

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About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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