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Cardura XL is an extended release medication your doctor may recommend to control your blood pressure and avoid the risks that hypertension can cause, including a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease. Unless your hypertension is severe, you will not ‘look’ or ‘feel’ like you have high blood pressure because there are usually no symptoms. This is why it is so important to have regular doctor exams so this can be diagnosed and treated with Cardura XL or generic Doxazosin. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When taken as directed, Cardura XL will work as an alpha blocker by binding to alpha-adrenergic receptors that can be found lining blood vessels. This action will prevent the receptors from reacting to chemical compounds, such as noradrenaline, that your body can release and cause muscle contractions that narrow your blood vessels.
As Cardura XL blocks the signals to contract muscles, your blood vessels remain dilated so the blood flow is not restricted and your blood pressure will come down. The action of Cardura XL also helps men with an enlarged prostate gland that is causing problems with a normal urine flow. This conditions is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
The prostate gland is found below the bladder and works to produce fluid components of semen. As you become older, your prostate gland can continue to grow and may eventually start to interfere with your ability to urinate with ease. If the flow of urine is interrupted and you begin to notice the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia, see your doctor.
The way Cardura XL works for widening blood vessels is great news for men with BPH, but it will not shrink your prostate gland or cure the condition. BPH is a non-cancerous (benign) growth that can cause you to feel as if you must go pee NOW, like you haven’t emptied your bladder completely, or you have trouble stopping the stream after finally getting it to start.
For women with hypertension, ask your doctor if Cardura XL is safe to take while you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Before taking Cardura XL, discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have with your doctor and list any current OTC or Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements. This will help your doctor determine if Cardura XL is the right medicine for your situation.
Until you know how Cardura XL will affect you, avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing any task that could be considered risky if you are not alert. For those with hypertension, you may not need Cardura XL long-term if you begin eating healthier, exercising, and stop smoking. Do not stop taking or change the dosage of Cardura XL or start any new medications without consulting with your doctor.