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 314 162
Post-traumatic stress disorder 180 92
Bladder problems 9 4
Flashbacks 9 6
Night or sleep terrors 8 7
Difficulty sleeping through night 7 4

Show all 73 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
26
Moderate
32
Mild
54
None
99

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Prazosin

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 15
Drowsiness 10
Dizziness and feeling faint 7
Fainting 6
Lightheadedness 6
Dry mouth 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Prazosin

Dosage Patients
2 mg daily 38
1 mg daily 34
4 mg daily 14
5 mg daily 14
10 mg daily 10
3 mg daily 9
2 mg twice daily 7
8 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 3
1 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Prazosin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 41
Did not seem to work 28
Doctor's advice 20
Other 10
Change in health plan coverage 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Expense 4
Personal research 4
See all 87 patients who've stopped taking Prazosin

Duration

Currently taking Prazosin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Prazosin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 159
Usually 29
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 38
Not at all hard to take 148
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 2
$25-49 8
< $25 106
Not specified 92

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Prazosin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 6
Zolpidem (Ambien) 3
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 2
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 2
Cyproheptadine (Periactin) 2

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Prazosin and switched to:

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

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

7 patient evaluations for Prazosin

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Apr 12, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nightmares)
  • 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

Sep 19, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nightmares)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 8, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for nightmares)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for complex post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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