Peripheral Adrenergic Inhibitors

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Thu, 06/24/2010
Hypertension Medicine Peripheral Adrenergic Inhibitors

Peripheral-acting adrenergic antagonists reduce resistance to blood flow in small arteries by inhibiting the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine.

Peripheral Alpha-Adrenergic medications

Peripheral adrenergic inhibitors or antagonists drugs are rarely used unless other medications don't help. Commonly prescribed Peripheral-acting adrenergic blockers medications on the market, include:

  1. Guanadrel (brand name: Hylorel)
  2. Guanethidine mono sulfate (brand name: Ismelin)
  3. Reserpine (brand name: Serpasil)
  4. Doxazosin (brand name: Cardura)
  5. Prazosin (brand name: Minipress)
  6. Terazosin (brand name: Hytrin)
  7. Tamsulosin (brand name: Flomax)
  8. Silodosin (brand name: Rapaflo)
  9. Alfuzosin (brand name: Uroxatral)
  10. Mecamylamine (brand name: Inversine, Vecamyl)

Who should avoid peripheral alpha-adrenergic blockers?

Elderly and people who have liver problems should discuss with the doctor about the risks of using these medications.

What are the side effects of peripheral alpha-adrenergic blocker?

Potential effects include dizziness, tiredness, lightheadedness, diarrhea, heartburn, vision problems, swelling (of the hands, feet, ankles, or legs), decreased sexual ability and a stuffy nose. Reserpine is commonly used in people with severe hypertension and is often prescribe in combination with a diuretic and a beta-blocker (or another medication that slows the heart rate).

If you have nightmares, insomnia, or depressed, you should stop using the drug.

What are the warning signs of peripheral alpha-adrenergic blocker?

Consult a doctor immediately if having; chest pain, irregular heartbeat, painful erection in men.