Minipress belongs to a class of medications called alpha blockers.
Minipress is used for treating hypertension (high blood pressure).
Minipress can be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive medicines.
Minipress works by relaxing and widening blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. This helps to lower blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Minipress exactly as directed.
Take Minipress by mouth with or without food. Minipress is usually taken two or three times daily or as directed by your doctor.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
If you miss a dose of Minipress, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight.
Do not store in the bathroom.
Dizziness, drowsiness, headache, constipation, loss of appetite, fatigue, nasal congestion or dry eyes may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication.
Inform your doctor promptly if you develop chest pain, difficulty breathing, difficulty urinating, skin rash, swelling of the hands or feet, or ringing in the ears.
Males: very unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if painful, prolonged erection occurs.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history especially if you have heart or kidney problems and of any allergies.
To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly.
Also limit your intake of alcoholic beverages and avoid getting overheated which will aggravate these effects.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Minipress is excreted into breast milk.
Though to date, there have been no reports on harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not double the dose to catch up.
Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially of verapamil or beta-blockers (e.g., propranolol).
Avoid drugs that increase your heart rate or make you excited like decongestants because it may counteract your blood pressure medicine.
Decongestants are commonly found in over-the-counter cough-and-cold products.
Ask your pharmacist if you are uncertain your cold/allergy medicine contains a decongestant.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.