Indoramin

  • As your body is getting used to indoramin you may feel dizzy or light-headed when standing or sitting up quickly - getting up more slowly will help.
  • Indoramin may make you feel sleepy. If this happens, do not drive or use tools or machines.
Type of medicine Alpha-blocker
Used for Hypertension
Enlargement of prostate in men
Also called Doralese®
Available as Tablets

Indoramin works in hypertension (high blood pressure) by relaxing the blood vessels. This allows blood and oxygen to circulate more freely around the body, lowering blood pressure and reducing the strain on the heart. It is used alongside other medicines to reduce blood pressure when these medicines are not sufficient on their own.

Enlargement of the prostate gland can reduce the flow of urine from the bladder and can lead to other urinary problems. Indoramin helps to treat these symptoms by relaxing muscles around the bladder and prostate so that urine can be passed more easily.

Before taking indoramin make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:

  • If you have liver, kidney or heart problems.
  • If you have Parkinson's disease or epilepsy.
  • If you have ever had depression.
  • If you feel dizzy or faint when standing up, or if you have ever fainted after passing urine.
  • If you are are due to have cataract eye surgery.
  • If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.
  • If you are taking any other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
  • Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
  • Take indoramin exactly as your doctor has told you. It is usually taken two or three times a day.
  • It is not important whether you take indoramin before or after food.
  • Try to take indoramin at the same times each day to avoid missing any doses.
  • If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is nearly time for your next dose, in which case leave out the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
  • Keep your regular appointments with your doctor so your progress can be monitored.
  • If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are taking indoramin. This is particularly important if you are due to have cataract eye surgery.
  • Do not drink alcohol with indoramin as it can interfere with the way the medicine is absorbed by your body. Drinking alcohol will also increase feelings of sleepiness and dizziness which you may experience with indoramin.

Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.

Possible side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who take this medicine What can I do if I experience this
Drowsiness, sleepiness If this happens, do not drive or use tools or machines. Do not drink alcohol
Dizziness, light-headedness or fainting especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position Getting up slowly may help. If you begin to feel dizzy, lie down so that you do not faint, then sit for a few moments before standing to prevent the dizziness returning
Dry mouth Try chewing sugar-free gum or sugar-free sweets
Stuffy nose, increase in weight, sexual problems, depression, and headache If any of these become troublesome, speak with your doctor

If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.

  • If you buy any medicines check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with your other medicines.
  • Never take more than the prescribed dose. If you suspect that you or someone else has taken an overdose of this medicine go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital at once. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
  • This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
  • Never keep out of date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.
  • If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.

Further reading & references

  • British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London

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Original Author:
Helen Allen
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Last Checked:
07/06/2011
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