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Prazosin HCl - Overview

Prazosin is a medication used in the management of high blood pressure in some patients. People who might need a prazosin medication prescription, including prazosin 1 mg and prazosin 3 mg capsules, can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe prazosin HCl medication, including prazosin 1 mg capsules, when appropriate to do so.

What Is Prazosin Used For?

Prazosin prescription medication, sometimes marketed under the brand name Minipress, is a medication sometimes used for high blood pressure treatment in some people. Prazosin hydrochloride is a medication derived from quinazoline - a compound used as the base for several types of medications. The exact mechanism of action as to how prazosin exerts its effects on blood pressure is unclear although it likely causes the relaxation of smooth muscle within blood vessels. Belonging to a larger class of medications known as alpha blockers such as alfuzosin (UroXatral), doxazosin (Cardura), and tamsulosin (Flomax), prazosin medication differs in that it does not typically cause the heart rate to increase as the result of its actions. Most of the effects of prazosin seem to be on diastolic blood pressure and it has not been found to increase the activity of renin in any meaningful way.

Prazosin - Dosage and Cost

Many prazosin medication prescriptions start at prazosin 1 mg two times per day after which the dosage is titrated to the needs of the patient. Ultimately, the prazosin regimen depends on the judgement of the prescribing medical provider. After oral administration, prazosin levels peak in the plasma at around three hours in healthy people and is found extensively bound to proteins. Prazosin has a half life of 3 hours in the body. Prazosin is largely metabolized via the bile and feces. Generic prazosin is affordable, costing under 50 cents per prazosin 1 mg capsule at many pharmacies in the United States. Prazosin coupons can sometimes be found online or through the manufacturer. Some insurance plans may also cover the costs associated with a prazosin medication prescription. Research is still underway as to whether prazosin prescription capsules might help with nightmares related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Can I Buy Prazosin Online?

One cannot just buy prazosin online as prazosin is a prescription medication that requires a consultation with a licensed provider in the United States before it can be dispensed by a pharmacy. Because of this, prazosin OTC is not available, either. People who need a prazosin capsule prescription, however, can use Push Health to connect with a local medical provider who can prescribe prazosin capsules, including prazosin 1 mg and prazosin 2 mg medication, when appropriate to do so.

Prazosin - Side Effects

Prazosin prescription medication can cause side effects when used. Side effects resulting from prazosin use include diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, rash, nervousness, mood disorders and abnormal liver function. People who have had a prior allergic reaction or hypersensitivity to prazosin, quinazolines or similar medications should not use prazosin capsules. Prazosin and alcohol should not be used concomitantly. Before using prazosin, it is important to discuss possible side effects with one's pharmacist and medical provider.

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Last updated July 14, 2021. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.