Medically reviewed on September 10, 2018
(ter AY zoe sin)
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.
Generic: 1 mg, 2 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg
- Alpha1 Blocker
Alpha1-specific blocking agent with minimal alpha2 effects; this allows peripheral postsynaptic blockade, with the resultant decrease in arterial tone, while preserving the negative feedback loop which is mediated by the peripheral presynaptic alpha2-receptors; terazosin relaxes the smooth muscle of the bladder neck, thus reducing bladder outlet obstruction
Rapid and complete
Hepatic; minimal first-pass
Feces (~60%, ~20% as unchanged drug); urine (~40%, ~10% as unchanged drug)
Onset of Action
Antihypertensive effect: 15 minutes; Peak effect: Antihypertensive effect: 2 to 3 hours
Time to Peak
Plasma: ~1 hour; delayed ~40 minutes with food
Duration of Action
Antihypertensive effect: 24 hours
90% to 94%
Special Populations: Elderly
Plasma clearance was decreased by 31.7% and half-life was 14 hours in patients ≥70 years.
Use: Labeled Indications
Benign prostatic hyperplasia: Treatment of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
Hypertension: Management of hypertension. Note: Alpha blockers are not recommended as first line therapy (ACC/AHA [Whelton 2017]).
Off Label Uses
Based on the National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents, terazosin given to children for hypertension is an effective and recommended treatment option in the management of this condition.
Ureteral calculi (distal)
Use of alpha-1 adrenergic blockers, including terazosin, for treating ureteral calculi is recommended by US and European guidelines and is supported by data from meta-analyses as well as numerous controlled trials. Tamsulosin has the most data, but terazosin has demonstrated efficacy in facilitating expulsion of ureteral stones (less than 10 mm) as medical therapy alone or as an adjunct to shock wave lithotripsy. Some trials indicate a class effect of alpha-1 adrenergic blockers, with tamsulosin reported to be equally effective as terazosin, doxazosin, and alfuzosin.
Hypersensitivity to terazosin or any component of the formulation
Note: If terazosin is discontinued for several days or longer, consider beginning with initial dose and retitrate as needed.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia: Oral: Initial: 1 mg at bedtime; thereafter, titrate upwards, if needed, over several weeks, balancing therapeutic benefit with terazosin-induced postural hypotension; most patients require 10 mg once daily; if no response after 4 to 6 weeks of 10 mg/day, may increase to 20 mg/day (maximum: 20 mg/day).
Hypertension (alternative agent): Oral: Initial: 1 mg once daily; titrate as needed based on patient response up to a dose of 20 mg daily in 1 or 2 divided doses (ACC/AHA [Whelton 2017]). Note: Administration at bedtime may help limit orthostasis.
Ureteral calculi (distal) (off-label use): Oral: 2 to 5 mg at bedtime for up to 2 weeks or until stone expulsion; may be used as adjunctive therapy to shock wave lithotripsy (Gurbuz 2011; Wang 2009).
Refer to adult dosing. In the management of hypertension, consider lower initial doses (eg, immediate release: 0.5 mg once daily) and titrate to response (Aronow 2011).
Hypertension (off-label use): Children and Adolescents: Oral: Initial: 1 mg once daily typically administered at bedtime; slowly increase dose to achieve desired blood pressure as tolerated; maximum daily dose: 20 mg/day (NHBPEP 2004; NHLBI 2011).
Dosing: Renal Impairment
No dosage adjustment necessary.
Hemodialysis: 10% dialyzable; supplemental dose not necessary.
Dosing: Hepatic Impairment
There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer’s labeling.
Oral: Administer at the same time each day.
Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F); protect from light and moisture.
Alpha-/Beta-Agonists: Alpha1-Blockers may diminish the vasoconstricting effect of Alpha-/Beta-Agonists. Similarly, Alpha-/Beta-Agonists may antagonize Alpha1-Blocker vasodilation. Monitor therapy
Alpha1-Agonists: Alpha1-Blockers may diminish the vasoconstricting effect of Alpha1-Agonists. Similarly, Alpha1-Agonists may antagonize Alpha1-Blocker vasodilation. Monitor therapy
Alpha1-Blockers: May enhance the antihypertensive effect of other Alpha1-Blockers. Avoid combination
Amifostine: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Amifostine. Management: When amifostine is used at chemotherapy doses, blood pressure lowering medications should be withheld for 24 hours prior to amifostine administration. If blood pressure lowering therapy cannot be withheld, amifostine should not be administered. Consider therapy modification
Amphetamines: May diminish the antihypertensive effect of Antihypertensive Agents. Monitor therapy
Antipsychotic Agents (Second Generation [Atypical]): Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Antipsychotic Agents (Second Generation [Atypical]). Monitor therapy
Barbiturates: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Benperidol: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Beta-Blockers: May enhance the orthostatic hypotensive effect of Alpha1-Blockers. The risk associated with ophthalmic products is probably less than systemic products. Exceptions: Levobunolol; Metipranolol. Monitor therapy
Brigatinib: May diminish the antihypertensive effect of Antihypertensive Agents. Brigatinib may enhance the bradycardic effect of Antihypertensive Agents. Monitor therapy
Brimonidine (Topical): May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Bromperidol: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Bromperidol. Bromperidol may diminish the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Avoid combination
Calcium Channel Blockers: Alpha1-Blockers may enhance the hypotensive effect of Calcium Channel Blockers. Monitor therapy
Dapoxetine: May enhance the orthostatic hypotensive effect of Alpha1-Blockers. Monitor therapy
Diazoxide: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
DULoxetine: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of DULoxetine. Monitor therapy
Herbs (Hypertensive Properties): May diminish the antihypertensive effect of Antihypertensive Agents. Monitor therapy
Herbs (Hypotensive Properties): May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Hypotension-Associated Agents: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Hypotension-Associated Agents. Monitor therapy
Levodopa: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Levodopa. Monitor therapy
Lormetazepam: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Methylphenidate: May diminish the antihypertensive effect of Antihypertensive Agents. Monitor therapy
Molsidomine: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Nicorandil: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Nitroprusside: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Nitroprusside. Monitor therapy
Obinutuzumab: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Management: Consider temporarily withholding blood pressure lowering medications beginning 12 hours prior to obinutuzumab infusion and continuing until 1 hour after the end of the infusion. Consider therapy modification
Pentoxifylline: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Pholcodine: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Pholcodine. Monitor therapy
Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Alpha1-Blockers (Nonselective). Management: Ensure patient is stable on one agent prior to initiating the other, and always initiate combination using the lowest possible dose of the drug being added. When tadalafil is used for treatment of BPH, concurrent alpha 1-blockers are not recommended. Consider therapy modification
Prostacyclin Analogues: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Quinagolide: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Rilmenidine: Alpha1-Blockers may enhance the hypotensive effect of Rilmenidine. Monitor therapy
Yohimbine: May diminish the antihypertensive effect of Antihypertensive Agents. Monitor therapy
Central nervous system: Dizziness (9% to 19%), myasthenia (7% to 11%)
1% to 10%:
Cardiovascular: Peripheral edema (1% to 6%), orthostatic hypotension (1% to 4%), palpitations (≤4%), tachycardia (≤2%), syncope (≤1%)
Central nervous system: Drowsiness (4% to 5%), paresthesia (≤3%), vertigo (1%)
Endocrine & metabolic: Decreased libido (≤1%), weight gain (≤1%)
Gastrointestinal: Nausea (2% to 4%)
Genitourinary: Impotence (≤2%)
Neuromuscular & skeletal: Limb pain (≤4%), back pain (≤2%)
Ophthalmic: Blurred vision (≤2%)
Respiratory: Nasal congestion (2% to 6%), dyspnea (2% to 3%), sinusitis (≤3%)
<1%, postmarketing, and/or case reports: Abdominal pain, anaphylaxis, anxiety, arthralgia, arthritis, arthropathy, atrial fibrillation, bronchitis, cardiac arrhythmia, chest pain, conjunctivitis, constipation, cough, diaphoresis, diarrhea, dyspepsia, epistaxis, facial edema, fever, flatulence, flu-like symptoms, gout, hypersensitivity reaction, insomnia, intraoperative floppy iris syndrome (IFIS), myalgia, neck pain, pharyngitis, polyuria, priapism, pruritus, rhinitis, shoulder pain, skin rash, thrombocytopenia, tinnitus, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infection, vasodilatation, visual disturbance, vomiting, xerostomia
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• CNS depression: May cause CNS depression, which may impair physical or mental abilities; patients must be cautioned about performing tasks that require mental alertness (eg, operating machinery or driving).
• Floppy iris syndrome: Intraoperative floppy iris syndrome has been observed in cataract surgery patients who were on or were previously treated with alpha1-blockers; there appears to be no benefit in discontinuing alpha-blocker therapy prior to surgery. May require modifications to surgical technique.
• Orthostatic hypotension/syncope: May cause significant orthostatic hypotension and syncope, especially with first dose or first few days of therapy; anticipate a similar effect if therapy is interrupted for a few days, if dosage is rapidly increased, or if another antihypertensive drug (particularly vasodilators) or a PDE-5 inhibitor is introduced.
• Priapism: Priapism has been associated with use (rarely); seek immediate medical assistance for erections lasting longer than 4 hours.
• Heart failure: In a scientific statement from the American Heart Association, terazosin has been determined to be an agent that may exacerbate underlying myocardial dysfunction (magnitude: moderate) (AHA [Page 2016]).
Concurrent drug therapy issues:
• Drug-drug interactions: Potentially significant interactions may exist, requiring dose or frequency adjustment, additional monitoring, and/or selection of alternative therapy. Consult drug interactions database for more detailed information.
• Appropriate use: BPH: Rule out prostatic carcinoma before beginning therapy (many symptoms of BPH and prostate cancer are similar).
Standing and sitting/supine blood pressure, especially following the initial dose at 2-4 hours following the dose and thereafter at the trough point to ensure adequate control throughout the dosing interval; urinary symptoms
Hypertension: The 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults (ACC/AHA [Whelton 2017]):
Confirmed hypertension and known CVD or 10-year ASCVD risk ≥10%: Target blood pressure <130/80 mm Hg is recommended
Confirmed hypertension without markers of increased ASCVD risk: Target blood pressure <130/80 mm Hg may be reasonable
Pregnancy Risk Factor
Adverse events have not been observed in animal studies. Untreated chronic maternal hypertension is associated with adverse events in the fetus, infant, and mother. If treatment for hypertension during pregnancy is needed, other agents are generally preferred (ACOG 2013).
• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)
• Patient may experience fatigue, rhinitis, rhinorrhea, nausea, loss of strength and energy, or headache. Have patient report immediately to prescriber severe dizziness, passing out, vision changes, sexual dysfunction, tachycardia, arrhythmia, swelling of arms or legs, or priapism (HCAHPS).
• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.
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