Prazosin for PTSD
What To Think About
Since prazosin is more commonly used for Reference high blood pressure Opens New Window, your doctor may want to look into its benefits for PTSD.
Prazosin may help reduce your nightmares, but it is not a cure for PTSD. Nightmares and anxiety may come back if you stop taking your medicine.
Prazosin lowers blood pressure (hypotension), which can make you feel dizzy. This usually stops when your body is used to prazosin. Be careful not to stand up too fast, especially if your dose has just been changed.
Erection drugs like Viagra also can lower your blood pressure. If you're taking erection drugs along with prazosin, your blood pressure may drop very fast. Tell your doctor if you're taking drugs for erection problems.
Prazosin can be taken safely with other PTSD medicines, such as antidepressants, but not with trazodone. Taking prazosin with trazodone can cause the rare side effect of priapism. This is an erection that doesn't go away, which can cause serious health problems.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 13, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Jessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder