Minipress treats high blood pressure. Can cause a low blood pressure when you stand up from sitting or lying down, so get up slowly. Slowly sit up before standing.
Minipress is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure. Minipress belongs to a group of drugs called alpha-blockers. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing veins and arteries so that blood can more easily pass through them.
This medication comes in capsule form and is usually taken 2 or 3 times a day.
Common side effects include dizziness, headache, and weakness. Minipress can cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how it will affect you.
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Minipress Cautionary Labels
Uses of Minipress
Minipress is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Minipress Drug Class
Minipress is part of the drug class:
Side Effects of Minipress
Serious side effects have been reported. See "Drug Precautions" section.
Common side effects include:
- lack of energy
This is not a complete list of Minipress side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- avanafil (Stendra)
- sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio)
- tadalafil (Cialis, Adcirca)
- vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)
- verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan)
This is not a complete list of Minipress drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Serious side effects have been reported including:
- Extremely rarely, Minipress and similar medications have caused painful erection of the penis, sustained for hours and unrelieved by sexual intercourse or masturbation. This condition, known medically as priapism, is serious, and if untreated it can be followed by permanent inability to have an erection. If you have a prolonged abnormal erection, call your doctor or go to an emergency room as soon as possible.
- Tell your surgeon if you take or have taken Minipress and plan to have surgery for cataracts (clouding of the eye). During cataract surgery, a condition called Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome (IFIS) can happen if you take or have taken Minipress.
- Minipress lowers blood pressure and may cause dizziness or fainting, especially when you first start taking it, or when you start taking it again. Call your doctor if you have severe dizziness or feel like you might pass out.
Minipress can cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Minipress affects you.
Do not take Minipress if you:
Minipress Food Interactions
Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Minipress there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.
Before taking Minipress, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:
- are allergic to Minipress or any inactive ingredient in Minipress
- have or have ever had prostate cancer
- have or have ever had liver disease
- have narcolepsy
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Minipress and Pregnancy
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.
Minipress falls into category C. There are no good studies in pregnant women. Minipress should be used during pregnancy only if the possible benefit outweighs the possible risk to the unborn baby.
Minipress and Lactation
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Minipress has been detected in human breast milk. Because of the possibility for adverse reactions in nursing infants from Minipress, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or to stop use of Minipress. Determining the importance of the drug to the mother should be considered.
- Take Minipress exactly as prescribed.
- Minipress is usually taken 2 or 3 times a day, at regular intervals.
- This medication can be taken with or without food.
- If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of Minipress at the same time.
Take Minipress exactly as prescribed. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Your doctor will likely start you on a low dose and gradually increase the dose as necessary.
The recommended starting Minipress dose is 1 mg two or three times a day. Your doctor may gradually increase your dose until your maintenance dose is reached.
Daily doses commonly range between 6 mg and 15 mg.
If you take too much Minipress, call your local Poison Control Center or seek emergency medical attention right away.
- Store at room temperature below 86°F (30°C).
- Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.