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Dr.Armughan Riaz
M.B.B.S, Dip Card
Consultant Cardiologist

 

PTSD Can Be Treated with High Blood Pressure Medications

PTSD Can Be Treated with High Blood Pressure Medications, Prazosin, a medication for treating high blood pressure and prostate enlargement, is also effective for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) even if your blood pressure is normal

PTSD Can Be Treated with High Blood Pressure Medications

It has been observed in recent years that Prazosin, a medication for treating high blood pressure and prostate enlargement, is also effective for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) even if your blood pressure is normal. This disorder is characterised by feelings of detachment or emotional numbness, amnesia, a feeling of distorted or altered reality, insomnia and nightmares and having the feeling of reliving the traumatic experience. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit a psychiatrist who will evaluate your case and determine the best mode of treatment for you. Besides Prazosin, a combination of psychotherapy and medications like anti-depressants, anti-anxiety or anti-psychotic are also used for the treatment of PTSD.

 

Prazosin and PTSD

Prazosin belongs to the family of adrenergic antagonists or alpha-blockers that work to facilitate blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels. It seems that Prazosin blocks the increase of glucocorticoids, steroid hormones that cause atrophy and cell death in nerves where impulses are transmitted in the brain. Use of prazosin increases the blood flow to the brain, hence, preventing or reversing the damage to the nerves caused due to high levels of glucocorticoids.

If you are prescribed Prazosin by your doctor, then inform him about other medications you may be taking or surgeries that you have gone through. When buy this medicine, make sure that you read the patient education material provided with the medicine and discuss it with the pharmacist, who would be able to explain to you its side effects, precautions and reactions with other medicines. Moreover, record the changes you feel after the use of Prazosin in a journal and show it to your doctor when you visit him or when you experience any alarming adverse affects.

Take the medicine exactly as the doctor has directed. He will probably start with a low dose and increase it gradually. Prazosin comes in oral capsule form. When you take it for the first time, do not drive or do anything that requires a lot of attention or is dangerous. Observe yourself for 24 hours for any side effects that may hamper your daily routine like drowsiness. Begin by taking the medicine at bedtime to avoid feeling drowsy during the day. Do not miss a dose and if you do, then do not try to double it up. Furthermore, without the doctor’s approval do not discontinue its use, even if you start feeling better.

If you feel weak, nauseous, a headache or unexplained fatigue for an extended period, then tell your doctor about them. These are some common side effects of Prazosin. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these: hives; rashes or itching; priapism (a painful erection that doesn’t go away); difficulty breathing or chest pain; and fast, pounding or irregular heart beat.

 



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