Northera Side Effects
Generic Name: droxidopa
Note: This document contains side effect information about droxidopa. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Northera.
More frequent side effects include: hypertension. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
For the Consumer
Applies to droxidopa: oral capsule
Along with its needed effects, droxidopa (the active ingredient contained in Northera) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking droxidopa:More common
- Bladder pain
- bloody or cloudy urine
- blurred vision
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- frequent urge to urinate
- lower back or side pain
- pounding in the ears
- slow or fast heartbeat
Some side effects of droxidopa may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to droxidopa: oral capsule
Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension (greater than 5%)
Frequency not reported: Supine hypertension, exacerbation of existing heart disease, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Nausea[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Urinary tract infections (15% in the elderly)[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Falls (24% in the elderly)[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 15%), syncope (13% in the elderly), dizziness (up to 11%)[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Northera (droxidopa)." Chelsea Therapeutics Inc, Charlotte, NC.
Some side effects of Northera may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
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