Generic Name: Droxidopa (drox i DOE pa)
Brand Name: Northera
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 10, 2020.
- This medicine may cause high blood pressure, especially when lying down. You will need to watch your blood pressure closely before you start droxidopa and during treatment. Do this also with any increase in dose. Be sure to rest and sleep with your upper body raised. If high blood pressure is not controlled well, the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death may be raised.
Uses of Droxidopa:
- It is used to treat dizziness or the feeling that you are about to black out.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Droxidopa?
- If you have an allergy to droxidopa or any other part of droxidopa.
- If you are allergic to droxidopa; any part of droxidopa; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Linezolid or methylene blue.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take droxidopa.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with droxidopa.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take droxidopa with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Droxidopa?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take droxidopa. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Check your blood pressure as you have been told.
- If you are allergic to tartrazine, talk with your doctor. Some products have tartrazine.
- Heart problems like abnormal heartbeat and heart failure may get worse with droxidopa. If you have heart problems, talk with your doctor. Call your doctor right away if you have an abnormal heartbeat, shortness of breath, big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs that is new or worse.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using droxidopa while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Droxidopa) best taken?
Use droxidopa as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, open, or crush.
- Take with or without food but take the same way each time. Always take with food or always take on an empty stomach.
- Be sure to take your last dose of the day at least 3 hours before bedtime. This will help lower the chance of high blood pressure during sleep.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) like blood in the urine, burning or pain when passing urine, feeling the need to pass urine often or right away, fever, lower stomach pain, or pelvic pain.
- Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
- A very bad and sometimes deadly health problem called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) may happen. Call your doctor right away if you have any fever, muscle cramps or stiffness, dizziness, very bad headache, confusion, change in thinking, fast heartbeat, heartbeat that does not feel normal, or are sweating a lot.
What are some other side effects of Droxidopa?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Upset stomach.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Droxidopa?
- Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about droxidopa, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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Other brands: Northera