Doxazosin 2 mg tablets
Each tablet contains 2.42 mg doxazosin mesilate equivalent to 2mg doxazosin.
Excipients with known effect:
Each Doxazosin 2 mg tablet contains 24 mg lactose.
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.
White to off-white coloured, caplet shaped uncoated tablet debossed with H02 on one side and breakline on other side.
The tablet can be divided into equal halves.
• Essential hypertension. Doxazosin is not appropriate for first-line treatment. It may be used as a monotherapy in patients who have failed to respond to or have contraindications to other agents. Alternatively, use should be limited to second or third line treatment in combination with other antihypertensives.
• Symptomatic treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Doxazosin may be administered in the morning or the evening.
Doxazosin is used in a once daily regimen: the initial dose is 1mg, to minimise the potential for postural hypotension and/or syncope (see section 4.4). Dosage may then be increased to 2mg after an additional one or two weeks of therapy and thereafter, if necessary to 4mg. The majority of patients who respond to Doxazosin will do so at a dose of 4mg or less. Dosage can be further increased if necessary to 8mg or the maximum recommended dose of 16mg.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia:
The recommended initial dosage of Doxazosin is 1mg given once daily to minimise the potential for postural hypotension and/or syncope (see section 4.4). Depending on the individual patient's urodynamics and BPH symptomatology dosage may then be increased to 2mg and thereafter to 4mg and up to the maximum recommended dose of 8mg. The recommended titration interval is 1-2 weeks. The usual recommended dose is 2-4mg daily.
The safety and efficacy of Doxazosin in children and adolescents have not been established.
Normal adult dosage.
Patients with renal impairment:
Sincethere is no change in pharmacokinetics in patients with impaired renal function, the usual adult dose of doxazosin is recommended.
Doxazosin is not dialyzable.
Patients with hepatic impairment:
There are only limited data in patients with liver impairment and on the effect of drugs known to influence hepatic metabolism (e.g. cimetidine). As with any drug wholly metabolised by the liver, Doxazosin should be administered with caution to patients with evidence of impaired liver function (see section 4.4 and section 5.2).
Method of administration
Doxazosin is contraindicated in:
• Hypersensitivity to the active substance or other types of quinazolines (e.g. prazosin, terazosin, doxazosin), or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.
• Patients with a history of orthostatic hypotension
• Patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia and concomitant congestion of the upper urinary tract, chronic urinary tract infection or bladder stones
• During lactation (for the hypertension indication only see section 4.6)
• Patients with hypotension (for benign prostatic hyperplasia indication only)
Doxazosin is contraindicated as monotherapy in patients with either overflow bladder or anuria with or without progressive renal insufficiency.
Initiation of therapy:
In relation with the alpha-blocking properties of doxazosin, patients may experience postural hypotension evidenced by dizziness and weakness, or rarely loss of consciousness (syncope), particularly with the commencement of therapy (see section 4.2). Therefore, it is prudent medical practice to monitor blood pressure on initiation of therapy to minimise the potential for postural effects.
When instituting therapy with any effective alpha-blocker, the patient should be advised how to avoid symptoms resulting from postural hypotension and what measures to take should they develop. The patient should be cautioned to avoid situations where injury could result, should dizziness or weakness occur during the initiation of doxazosin therapy.
Patients on a low sodium diet or treated with diuretics seem more sensitive for the potential for postural effects.
Use in patients with acute cardiac conditions:
As with any other vasodilatory anti-hypertensive agent it is prudent medical practice to advise caution when administering doxazosin to patients with the following acute cardiac conditions:
• pulmonary oedema due to aortic or mitral stenosis
• high-output cardiac failure
• right-sided heart failure due to pulmonary embolism or pericardial effusion
• left ventricular heart failure with low filling pressure.
In patients with severe ischemic heart suffering, a too fast or marked decrease in blood pressure can result in a worsening of anginal complaints.
Use in hepatically impaired patients:
As with any drug wholly metabolised by the liver, doxazosin should be administered with particular caution to patients with evidence of impaired hepatic function (see section 4.2). Since there is no clinical experience in patients with severe hepatic impairment use in these patients is not recommended.
Use with PDE-5 inhibitors:
Concomitant administration of doxazosin with phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors (e.g. sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil) should be done with caution as both drugs have vasodilating effects and may lead to symptomatic hypotension in some patients. To reduce the risk of orthostatic hypotension it is recommended to initiate the treatment with phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors only if the patient is hemodynamically stabilized on alpha-blocker therapy. Furthermore, it is recommended to initiate phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitor treatment with the lowest possible dose and to respect a 6-hour time interval from intake of doxazosin. No studies have been conducted with doxazosin prolonged release formulations.
Use in patients undergoing cataract surgery:
The 'Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome' (IFIS, a variant of small pupil syndrome) has been observed during cataract surgery in some patients on or previously treated with tamsulosin. Isolated reports have also been received with other alpha-1 blockers and the possibility of a class effect cannot be excluded. As IFIS may lead to increased procedural complications during the cataract operation current or past use of alpha-1 blockers should be made known to the ophthalmic surgeon in advance of surgery.
Prolonged erections and priapism have been reported with alpha-1 blockers including doxazosin in post marketing experience. If priapism is not treated immediately, it could result in penile tissue damage and permanent loss of potency, therefore the patient should seek immediate medical assistance.
Screening for Prostate Cancer:
Carcinoma of the prostate causes many of the symptoms associated with BPH and the two disorders can co-exist. Carcinoma of the prostate should therefore be ruled out prior to commencing therapy with doxazosin for treatment of BPH symptoms.
Doxazosin contains lactose monohydrate
Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, total lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.
Doxazosin contains Sodium
This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per tablet, that is to say essentially 'sodium-free'.
Phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors (e.g. sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil):
Concomitant administration of doxazosin with a PDE-5 inhibitor may lead to symptomatic hypotension in some patients (see section 4.4). No studies have been conducted with doxazosin prolonged release formulations.
Doxazosin is highly bound to plasma proteins (98%). In vitro data in human plasma indicates that doxazosin has no effect on protein binding of the drugs tested (digoxin, phenytoin , warfarin or indomethacin.
Conventional doxazosin has been administered without any adverse drug interaction in clinical experience with thiazide diuretics, furosemide, beta-blocking agents, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, oral hypoglycaemic drugs, uricosuric agents, oranticoagulants. However, data from formal drug/drug interaction studies are not present.
Doxazosin may influence plasma renin activity and urinary excretion of vanillylmandelic acid. This should be considered when interpreting laboratory data.
In vitro studies suggest that doxazosin is a substrate of cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP 3A4). Caution should be exercised when concomitantly administering doxazosin with a strong CYP 3A4 inhibitor, such as clarithromycin, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, telithromycin, or voriconazole (see section 5.2).
Doxazosin potentiates the blood pressure lowering activity of other alpha-blockers and other antihypertensives.
In an open-label, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in 22 healthy male volunteers, the administration of a single 1 mg dose of doxazosin on day 1 of a four-day regimen of oral cimetidine (400 mg twice daily) resulted in a 10% increase in mean AUC of doxazosin, and no statistically significant changes in mean Cmax and mean half-life of doxazosin. The 10% increase in the mean AUC for doxazosin with cimetidine is within intersubject variation (27%) of the mean AUC for doxazosin with placebo.
Sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effect of doxazosin; doxazosin may reduce blood pressure and vascular reactions to dopamine, ephedrine, epinephrine, metaraminol, methoxamine and phenylephrine.
For the hypertension indication:
As there are no adequate and well controlled studies in pregnant women, the safety of doxazosin during pregnancy has not yet been established. Accordingly, during pregnancy, doxazosin should be used only when, in the opinion of physician, the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk. Although no teratogenic effects were seen in animal testing, reduced foetal survival was observed in animals at extremely high doses (see section 5.3).
The excretion of doxazosin in breast milk was demonstrated to be very low (with the relative infant dose less than 1%) however human data is very limited. A risk to the newborn or infant cannot be excluded and therefore doxazosin should be used only when in the opinion of the physician, the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk.
For the benign prostatic hyperplasia indication:
This section is not applicable.
The ability to drive or use machinery may be impaired, especially when initiating therapy.
Hypertension: In clinical trials involving patients with hypertension, the most common reactions associated with doxazosin therapy were of a postural type (rarely associated with fainting) or non-specific.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia: Experience in controlled clinical trials in BPH indicates a similar adverse event profile to that seen in hypertension.
The following undesirable effects have been observed and reported during treatment with Doxazosin with the following frequencies.
Very common (≥ 1/10), common (≥ 1/100 to <1/10), uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to <1/100), rare (≥ 1/10,000 to <1/1,000), very rare (<1/10,000) and not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).
System Organ Class
(≥1/100 to <1/10)
(≥1/1,000 to <1/100)
(≥1/10,000 to <1/1,000)
(frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
Infections and infestations
Respiratory tract infection, urinary tract infection
Blood and the lymphatic system disorders
Immune system disorders
Allergic drug reaction
Metabolism and nutrition disorders
Gout, increased appetite, anorexia, thirst, hypokalaemia
Agitation, depression, anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, emotional liability
Nervous system disorders
Somnolence dizziness, headache
Cerebrovascular accident, hypoesthesia, syncope, tremor, apathy
nightmares, memory loss, Dizziness postural, paresthesia
Photophobia, Abnormal tear flow
Intraoperative floppy iris syndrome (see section 4.4)
Ear and labyrinth disorders
Angina pectoris, myocardial infarction
Bradycardia, cardiac arrhythmias
Hypotension, postural hypotension
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders
Bronchitis, cough, dyspnea, rhinitis, nasal congestion
Abdominal pain, dyspepsia, dry mouth, nausea
Constipation, flatulence, vomiting, gastroenteritis diarrhoea
Abnormal liver function tests, increased liver enzymes
Cholestasis, hepatitis, jaundice
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders
Urticaria, alopecia, purpura
Musculoskeletal, connective tissue and bone disorders
Back pain, myalgia
Muscle cramps, muscle weakness, Muscle stiffness
Renal and urinary disorders
Cystitis, urinary incontinence
Dysuria, micturition frequency, hematuria,
Increased diuresis, micturition disorder, nocturia, Increases in plasma urea and creatinine polyuria
Reproductive system and breast disorders
General disorders and administration site conditions
Asthenia, chest pain, influenza-like symptoms, peripheral oedema
Pain, facial oedema, general oedema, chills, fever, paleness
Decreased body temperature in the elderly
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
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Should overdosage lead to hypotension, the patient should be immediately placed in a supine, head down position. Other supportive measures may be appropriate in individual cases.
If this measure is inadequate, shock should first be treated with volume expanders. If necessary, vasopressor should then be used. Renal function should be monitored and supported as needed.
Since doxazosin is highly protein bound, dialysis is not indicated.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Alpha-adrenoreceptor antagonists
ATC code: C02CA04
Mechanism of action
Doxazosin is a potent and selective post-junctional alpha-1-adrenoceptor antagonist.
This action results in a decrease in systemic blood pressure. Doxazosin is appropriate for oral administration in a once daily regimen in patients with essential hypertension.
Doxazosin has been shown to be free of adverse metabolic effects and is suitable for use in patients with coexistent diabetes mellitus, gout and insulin resistance.
Doxazosin is suitable for use in patients with co-existent asthma, left ventricular hypertrophy and in elderly patients. Contrary to the non-selective alpha-adrenergic-receptor blocking substances, no tolerance has been observed during long-term treatment with doxazosin. Increase in plasma-renin activity and tachycardia has only rarely been observed during continued treatment. Treatment with doxazosin has been shown to result in regression of left ventricular hypertrophy, inhibition of platelet aggregation and enhanced activity of tissue plasminogen activator. Additionally, Doxazosin improves insulin sensitivity in patients with impairment.
In a controlled clinical trial in hypertensive patients, doxazosin therapy was associated with an improvement in erectile dysfunction. Furthermore, fewer cases of erectile dysfunction have been reported in patients treated with doxazosin than in patients treated with other antihypertensive agents.
Doxazosin, in addition to its antihypertensive effect, has in long term studies produced a modest reduction in plasma total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations and therefore may be of particular benefit to hypertensive patients with concomitant hyperlipidaemia. A small increase in HDL/total cholesterol ratio has been observed (approximately 4 to 13% of the initial value). Therefore, it is an advantage over diuretics and beta-blockers that negatively affect these parameters. It is known that hypertension and increased plasma lipids are both associated with coronary disease.
Administration of doxazosin to patients with symptomatic BPH results in a significant improvement in urodynamics and symptoms. The effect in BPH is thought to result from selective blockade of the alpha-adrenoceptors located in the muscular stroma and capsule of the prostate, and in the bladder neck.
One daily dosage results in a clinically significant reduction in blood pressure, which will continue for 24 hours. After administration, a gradual reduction in blood pressure occurs; orthostatic effects at the start of treatment may occur. The largest decrease in blood pressure is obtained approximately 2 to 6 hours after administration.
During treatment with doxazosin in patients with hypertension, blood pressure will be equal in lying and standing position.
An in vitro study demonstrated the antioxidant properties of the 6 'and 7' hydroxymetabolites of doxazosin at concentrations of 5 micromolar.
Interim Analysis of the Antihypertensive and Lipid Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT) indicated that hypertensive patients with at least 1 other major risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD) treated with doxazosin experienced a double risk of congestive heart failure (CHF) with a 25% higher risk of major cardiovascular disease (CVD) events as compared to chlorthalidone-treated patients. The doxazosin arm of ALLHAT was discontinued as a result of these findings. No difference regarding mortality was present. The results may be confounded by various issues such as differences in effect on systolic blood pressure and withdrawal of diuretics in the doxazosin treated group before treatment was started.
Absorption: Following oral administration in humans (young male adults or the elderly of either sex), doxazosin is well absorbed and approximately two thirds of the dose is bioavailable.
Biotransformation/Elimination: The plasma-elimination occurs in two phases. Approximately 98% of doxazosin is protein-bound in plasma. Doxazosin is predominantly metabolized less than 5% of the dose is excreted as unchanged doxazosin. Doxazosin is mainly metabolised by O-demethylation and hydroxylation.
Doxazosin is extensively metabolised in man and in the animal species tested, with the faeces being the predominant route of excretion.
The mean plasma elimination half-life is 22 hours thus making the drug suitable for once daily administration.
After oral administration of doxazosin the plasma concentrations of the metabolites are low. The most active (6' hydroxy) metabolite is present in man at one fortieth of the plasma concentration of the parent compound, which suggests that the antihypertensive activity is in the main due to doxazosin.
There are only limited data in patients with liver impairment and on the effects of drugs known to influence hepatic metabolism (e.g. cimetidine). In a clinical study in 12 subjects with moderate hepatic impairment, single dose administration of doxazosin resulted in an increase AUC of 43% and a decrease in apparent oral clearance of 40%. As with any drug wholly metabolised by the liver, doxazosin should be administered with caution to patients with impaired liver function (see section 4.4).
Doxazosin is extensively metabolized in the liver. In vitro studies suggest that the primary pathway for elimination is via CYP 3A4; however, CYP 2D6 and CYP 2C9 metabolic pathways are also involved for elimination, but to a lesser extent.
Pharmacokinetic studies in elderly and patients with renal insufficiency did not show significant pharmacokinetic differences compared to patients with a normal renal function.
Preclinical data reveal no special hazard for humans based on conventional animal studies in safety pharmacology, repeated dose toxicity, genotoxicity and carcinogenicity.
Although no teratogenic effects were seen in animal testing, reduced foetal survival was observed in animals at doses approximately 300 times greater than the maximum human recommended dose.
Studies in lactating rats given a single oral dose of radioactive doxazosin indicate that doxazosin accumulates in rat milk with a maximum of concentration about 20 times greater than the maternal plasma concentration.
Sodium starch glycolate (Type A)
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
PVC-PVDC Aluminium blisters:
Pack size: 10, 14, 15, 20, 28, 30, 50, 56, 60, 90, 98, 100 and 140 tablets
Pack size: 100 tablets
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
No special requirements.
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