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Can you tell me about prazosin for anxiety?

Can you tell me about prazosin for anxiety?

Prazosin: Is actually a blood pressure medication that is often used off -label to help with nightmares/ insomnia in people who have post traumatic stress disorder. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Is prazosin and effective treatment for anxiety?

Is prazosin and effective treatment for anxiety?

Depends: Prazosin is a blood pressure medicine but has been shown in some treatment trials to improve nightmares associated w/ ptsd (post-traumatic stress disorder). It's still being studied, but is worth a try if someone has recurrent nightmares. It's not usually used for anxiety alone. ...Read more

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I used to take Propanderol for PTSD anxiety, my new dr stopped because I was also taking prazosin for nightmares. Was this dangerous? It helped.

I used to take Propanderol for PTSD anxiety, my new dr stopped because I was also taking prazosin for nightmares. Was this dangerous? It helped.

PTSD RX: Adrenalin blockers help PTSD responses and brain outputs. Propranolol is a beta blocker. Prazosin is an alpha blocker. They both can help. Prazosin may be more effective. Both can lower BP and make you tired, so hang in there. Your doc may be thinking caution is best. Stay in touch with her / him. ...Read more

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Is there difference between Doxazosin & Prazosin? Doxa is 1x/day, I'd like to switch to Doxa but want same effect for PTSD, Vasodilation, anxiety, etc

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Is there difference between Doxazosin & Prazosin? Doxa is 1x/day, I'd like to switch to Doxa but want same effect for PTSD, Vasodilation, anxiety, etc

Here are some. ..: From reviewing numerous records of PTSD patients over the years, I have noticed Prazosin has been used to help effectively control PTSD-related symptoms. So, if there is not particular reason, stick with Prozosin, although both are in the same group as alpha-blockers for dilating smooth muscles of vessels, bladder neck, prostate urethra, vasa deferens, distal ureters... Talk with Doc for detail. ...Read more

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I have ptsd & borderline personality disorder and breastfeed exclusively. Would prazosin be safe to take for my anxiety, insomnia and nightmares?

Possibly: This is a blood pressure medicine that has been used successfully "off label" for ptsd. It may be unsafe for your infant as it crosses into breast milk. Consider discontinuing breast feeding. ...Read more

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I have PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Is it OK to take trazodone, prazosin, buspar, and hydrochlorothiazide together?

I have PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Is it OK to take trazodone, prazosin, buspar, and hydrochlorothiazide together?

BP meds PTSD: This is a complex issue. I specialize in BP issues and would be happy to do a 2nd opinion to get more information and then we can decide if it is OK. But in general can think good reason you cannot take them all together. I recommend going to drugs. Com and look up drug interactions with these and any other over the counter things you are taking and then discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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What are prazosin side effects?

What are prazosin side effects?

Potential side: Effects are low blood pressure especially with the first dose, dizziness, nausea, headache, palpitations to name a few. ...Read more

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How can you tell if someone has abused prazosin?

How can you tell if someone has abused prazosin?

Excessive amounts: Would lead to low BP due to Alpha blocker effects...Probably not easy to tell however. ...Read more

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What is prazosin?

What is prazosin?

It is in a: Class of medications called Alpha blockers. It is used to treat high blood pressure. Also used to treat symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate (bph). ...Read more

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What is prazosin used for?

What is prazosin used for?

Minipress (prazosin): Is used to treat hypertension, ptsd, panic & anxiety, & for urinary hesitancy in prostatic hyperplasia. ...Read more

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What happened when you snort prazosin?

How about this: How about you just DON'T snort prazosin and we don't talk further about it. ...Read more

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Which are the drugs that cause the first dose effect? Except prazosin...

All: Wheather you feel or not all chemicals going into your system will have ist dose effect. ...Read more

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How should dosing of prazosin be increased? Currently on 2mg/3x/day. Is it one additional pill per day (1/6 increase) or 3 additional (1/3 increase)?

How should dosing of prazosin be increased? Currently on 2mg/3x/day. Is it one additional pill per day (1/6 increase) or 3 additional (1/3 increase)?

Hope this helps: For Congestive Heart Failure
Initial dose: 1 mg orally 2-3 times a day.
Maintenance dose: 6-15 mg daily given in divided doses.

For Hypertension
Initial dose: 1 mg orally 2-3 times a day.
Maintenance dose: 6-15 mg daily given in divided doses.

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Initial dose: 1 mg orally 2-3 times a day.
Maintenance dose: 6-15 m ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to prazosin for hypertension?

Are there any alternatives to prazosin for hypertension?

Natural and drugs: Mild to moderate hypertension often responds to weight loss, exercise, meditation and stress reduction. Acupuncture, nutritional changes, and biofeedback. One or more of these may well help. There are also dozens of other pharmaceutical choices. ...Read more

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Are doses as high as 30 mg of prazosin ever used? I'll consult my pcp but the effect I get at 15 is ok but def not enough. What's most you used?

Are doses as high as 30 mg of prazosin ever used? I'll consult my pcp but the effect I get at 15 is ok but def not enough. What's most you used?

15mg: The most I have sen used is 15mg not sure if 30mg would do much of a difference since to what I recall most of the receptors are affected with 15mg dose ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Prazosin allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Prazosin allergy?

Prazosin Allergy: Allergic reactions to Prazosin occur in less than 0.1% of people who take this medication. Potential allergic symptoms inlcude a drug rash, hives & itchy eyes or skin. ...Read more

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What are possible mental side effects to taking prazosin? I've heard they can make you feel numb.

What are possible mental side effects to taking prazosin? I've heard they can make you feel numb.

Drowsiness: Headache, drowsiness, tiredness, weakness, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Lightheadedness or dizziness upon standing may also occur, especially after the first dose and shortly after taking a dose of the drug. ...Read more

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Prescribed prazosin for ptsd-is there an alternative I could ask for that wouldn't need to be taken daily?

Prescribed prazosin for ptsd-is there an alternative I could ask for that wouldn't need to be taken daily?

Prazosin: Prescribing prazosin for nightmares is like putting a bg bandage on a badly infected wound--you can cover it up for a while the infection is still there. Many people report immediate return of nightmares, if it even worked at all, and many have worse nightmares than before prazosin. Please check out the better, faster & permanent resolution with No More Nightmares- with Planned Dream Intervention ...Read more

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Will I feel sedated if I take prazosin hydrochloride?

Will I feel sedated if I take prazosin hydrochloride?

Possibly: First, remember that everyone is unique and respond to medications slightly differently. Some people may feel sedated with prazosin, not everyone will. It also depends on what dose you are taking and how often.

Prazosin trials suggest that about 8 in 100 people feel a sedating effect. Dizziness, headache and weakness are just as common.

Always tell your doctor side effects you experience. ...Read more

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Doez Prazosin cross the BBB and work in the CNS? I've read conflicting things on pubmed and elsewhere. Does any alpha-1 blocker cross the BBB?

Doez Prazosin cross the BBB and work in the CNS? I've read conflicting things on pubmed and elsewhere. Does any alpha-1 blocker cross the BBB?

You must be reading: About its use as it treats nightmares in the brain. So yes, it clearly crosses the BBB and clearly WORKS. I treat many people with PTSD and nightmares from war vets to civilians, rape victims, assault, other abuse victims who have terrible nightmares and it practically clears everything up inside of 1 week or 2. Problems are lowered blood pressure, allergic reactions, and, first dose syncope. ...Read more

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How to taper off Prazosin, 5mg 3x/day? I'm worried about getting off this too quickly, although I'm taking it for PTSD which is "under control."

How to taper off Prazosin, 5mg 3x/day? I'm worried about getting off this too quickly, although I'm taking it for PTSD which is "under control."

Prazosin: Better method to treat nightmares is Planned Dream Intervention. I teach this in my No More Nightmares class and book. Learning this skill first allows the person to actually have the skill to be able to sleep through any dreams. My patients often just forget to take prazosin because they know they are going to be able to sleep through any dreams. Even in combat zone my patients slept peacefully t ...Read more

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Since I started taking prazosin for ptsd I began getting uncontrollable head movements. Any thoughts on why this might be?

Discuss: Discuss with your doctor to substitute medication asap. Some medications can cause idiosyncaratic reactions. ...Read more

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I have ptsd and take seroquel (quetiapine) I have nightmares is it alright to take prazosin if I take hydralazine?

I have ptsd and take seroquel (quetiapine) I have nightmares is it alright to take prazosin if I take hydralazine?

Possibly: This might be a possibility, but your blood pressure will need close monitoring you'll also need to be careful about getting up from a laying down position, at least initially. Your doctors need to confer, and each know about your full list of medicines. Doses may need adjusting. ...Read more

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Will I feel sedated if I take methadone and prazosin hydrochloride together?

Will I feel sedated if I take methadone and prazosin hydrochloride together?

Probably: Probably, but not necessarily. Since I do not know the details of your situation I suggest you talk to the prescribing doctor if this is of concern to you. ...Read more

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I get bizarre, unexplainable abstract dreams that are very vivid and tiring me out, I never feel rested. They're not nightmares. Would Prazosin help?

I get bizarre, unexplainable abstract dreams that are very vivid and tiring me out, I never feel rested. They're not nightmares. Would Prazosin help?

Be careful: Self-diagnosis can be risky, but self-prescribing even more so. Find yourself a psychologist to do a real neuro-psych eval on the area of your vivid dreaming and include the anxiety and your other conditions - this may lead to further evaluations and treatment recommendations ad tat could include a drug like Prazosin. It is for hypertension - so your safety regarding that is crucial. Best! ...Read more

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I was tortured as a kid take 200mg seroquel (quetiapine) have nightmares np wouldn't give prazosin with seroquel (quetiapine) saying that's insane can pcp or nuero give it?

I was tortured as a kid take 200mg seroquel (quetiapine) have nightmares np wouldn't give prazosin with seroquel (quetiapine) saying that's insane can pcp or nuero give it?

Work w/psychiatrist: With serious post-traumatic stress issues (as one might have after childhood torture) it's important to work with a psychiatrist who's experienced in treating this problem. Nurse practitioners can serve well for uncomplicated issues, but do not have the level of experience psychiatrists do -- even if they're "psychiatric np's." prazosin ; seroquel (quetiapine) can help, and is not "insane.". ...Read more

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Why would someone take minipress (prazosin) other than for high blood pressure problems?

Why would someone take minipress (prazosin) other than for high blood pressure problems?

See below: In the past it was sometimes used for treatment of benign prostate enlargement. In a patient with normal blood pressure it could result in low blood pressure. There are better medicine for this purpose now. ...Read more

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What meds can I not take if I have POTS, Verapamil, Nicardipine, Prazosin or Carvedilol safe to take?

What meds can I not take if I have POTS, Verapamil, Nicardipine, Prazosin or Carvedilol safe to take?

Nothing safe: POTS has a number of causes, and one can be the use of almost any anti hypertensive, including the ones you list. So, because of the Postural Orthostatic part of the disorder, if you have high pressure lying down and low standing, its hard to find an agent that will help. Definitely need to consult your primary practitioner and get a referral to a specialist, usually a cardiologist. ...Read more

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What causes me to yell and scream and fight in my sleep during my dreams I have ptsd from vietnam service. I take prazosin but not helping?

What causes me to yell and scream and fight in my sleep during my dreams I have ptsd from vietnam service. I take prazosin but not helping?

Polysomnogram: The only way to obtain an accurate answer for this is to obain a polysomnogram. Although the subject is not well studied, we obtained polysomnograms on the majority of our combat ptsd patients in one program. A very high percentage had sleep disorders with only a moderate % having a rem sleep disorder. Ask your physician about a consultation with a sleep specialist. This is the starting point. ...Read more

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I've started prazosin (abt 2 wks) and have been suffering from frequent urination and night sweats. Are these common side effects and will they stop?

I've started prazosin (abt 2 wks) and have been suffering from frequent urination and night sweats. Are these common side effects and will they stop?

Prazosin effects: I understand your distress.
Thank you for informing that you are 20 years old. It is not clear –for what condition, you are using Prazosin.
It is prescribed for high blood pressure. Frequent urination can be its side effect.
At times, it is used for PTSD, which can have symptoms of nightmares and sweating. For traumatic experiences, see a Psychiatrist for Therapy; and discuss other medications ...Read more