What is Prazosin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Minipress Perazosin HCL Pressin

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Prazosin is commonly used in the treatment of hypertension, nightmares related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), benign prostatic hyperplasia, or Raynaud's syndrome.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Nightmares 351 186
Post-traumatic stress disorder 195 98
Flashbacks 14 7
Bladder problems 9 4
Night or sleep terrors 8 7
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder 7 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 27
Moderate 35
Mild 61
None 116

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Prazosin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 18
Drowsiness 9
Lightheadedness 6
Dry mouth 5
Fainting 5
Dizziness with hypotension upon standing 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Prazosin

Dosage Patients Percentage
2 mg daily 17
1 mg daily 10
5 mg daily 8
10 mg daily 8
4 mg daily 6
3 mg daily 5
8 mg daily 2
1 mg twice daily 1
4 mg twice daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Prazosin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 45
Did not seem to work 35
Doctor's advice 30
Other 15
Change in health plan coverage 6
Course of treatment ended 6
Expense 5
Personal research 4
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Duration

Currently taking Prazosin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Prazosin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 29
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 176
Usually 39
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 43
Not at all hard to take 169
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 2
$25-49 8
< $25 114
Not specified 112

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Prazosin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Trazodone (Desyrel) 7
Zolpidem (Ambien) 3
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 2
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 2
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 2

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Prazosin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5
Sertraline (Zoloft) 4
Cyproheptadine (Periactin) 3
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 2
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 2

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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9 patient evaluations for Prazosin

Aug 13, 2018 (Started Apr 12, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nightmares)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tension headache)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have upped the nightly dosage d/t return of graphic violent nightmares. Better now!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Apr 12, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nightmares)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This was prescribed to help w/ disturbing nightmares on nightly basis causing sleep-deprivation signs & symptoms. Have been increasing dose slowly, but still no actual viable benefits
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2018 (Started Nov 07, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nightmares)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 29, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nightmares)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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