Everything about Hytrin (Terazosin HCL)

What is Hytrin?

Terazosin HCL (Generic Hytrin) is widely prescribed by the doctors for the treatment of elevated blood pressure. It is an alpha-1-selective adrenoceptor blocking agent and falls under the class of quinazoline derivative drugs. As per the condition of the patient this medicine is either prescribed alone or combined with other medications. It is also useful for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Terazosin HCL also restricts excessive urination during night. It is an FDA approved drug and is also available in almost all the stores. This is a prescription drug. There is enough information regarding the medicine over the internet. You can also gather information from this FAQ page. 

How does Hytrin work? 

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Side Effects of Hytrin

The side effects of Hytrin are mostly mild and do not require medical attention. The common side effects include nausea, vomiting and mild rashes. If any of these symptoms persists then it is recommended to consult the doctor. Overdose of this drug may cause some serious side effects and they are difficulty in breathing, irregular heartbeat, swelling of body parts and in rare case one may experience hives. This needs to be reported to the doctor immediately. If the symptoms aggravate then hospitalizing the patient will be a wise decision. In extremely rare cases male patients may experience penile erection for more than 4 hours and this certainly needs immediate medical treatment. Basically the symptoms vary depending on the physiology of the body. 

Guidelines before taking Hytrin


Discontinuation of the dosages without the permission of the physician may reduce the effectiveness of the medication.


Patients will prostate cancer, liver diseases, kidney disorders and with a history of fainting should discuss with the pharmacist. If you are allergic to any of the properties of the medicine then you should not use it as it might lead to severe allergic reactions


 Avoid taking alcohol as it can not only elevate the blood pressure level but can also add to the side effects. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should speak to the doctor before starting the medication.

What are the common dosages of Hytrin?

You can purchase Hytrin in form of tablets and the available strengths are 1 mg, 2mg, 5 mg & 10 mg.

Difference between Brand Hytrin and Generic Terazosin HCL

The most obvious difference between the two formulations is the name of the manufacturers. Abbott Laboratories prepares the Brand Hytrin and the generic versions are prepared by various pharmaceutical companies. The formation, packaging and pricing of these two drugs also differ. The Generic versions are much cheaper than the branded one. However, in terms of effectiveness both the drugs are more or less same.