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I'm a middle aged woman. I've been on beta-blockers for over 30 years. Three of years ago, I was prescribed doxazosin in addition to atenolol. Originally I was prescribed 4mg taken last thing at night of the slow release form and had little trouble with it. However my GP changed this to 2mg of a generic standard doxazosin. I began to feel very 'hung-over' and thick headed in the mornings, but my GP insisted that this is a very good drug with a lot of benefits and advised me to continue with it. I then began to experience some 'stress incontinence'. I put it down to being menopausal. I couldn't confidently cough or sneeze and I gave up playing tennis. Six weeks ago, I decided to speak to my GP again about changing my medication, I was getting more and more 'hung over' in the mornings, but he was on holiday. I decided on radical action, bought a BP monitor and stopped the doxosin. Almost immediately I felt fine in the mornings. Then I suddenly realised that I could cough without embarassment. My BP was a little higher, but I feel that I can live with it if its under 150/90. I looked up doxazosin and discovered that it is also prescribed to relax the bladder and urethra in men with enlarged prostate. I 'd be interested to know if there are any other women on this medication experiencing possibly unnecessary stress incontinence. I will be seeing my GP to discuss my medication regime very soon!
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