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Doxazosin

Basics

Name

Doxazosin

Pronunciation

(doks AY zoe sin)

Brand Names: US

  • Cardura
  • Cardura XL

Therapeutic Category

  • Alpha-Adrenergic Blocking Agent, Oral
  • Antihypertensive Agent
  • Vasodilator

Medication Safety Issues

Sound-alike/look-alike issues:

Doxazosin may be confused with doxapram, doxepin, DOXOrubicin

Cardura may be confused with Cardene, Cordarone, Cordran, Coumadin, K-Dur, Ridaura

Geriatric Patients: High-Risk Medication:

Beers Criteria: Doxazosin is identified in the Beers Criteria as a potentially inappropriate medication for hypertension in patients 65 years and older due to its high risk of orthostatic hypotension. Avoid use for hypertension treatment (alternative agents have superior risk-benefit profiles) (Beers Criteria [AGS 2019]).

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