Missed dose

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I'm goin to miss taking a otal of 3 doses (1mg) due to unforseen shortage. What's the best course of action?

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    I would ask the Pharmacist at the chemist where you normally get them from. He or she will be able to advise you. Failing that, check with your surgery. I take Doxazocin for high blood pressure, and I don't think you are meant to stop taking this type of medication suddenly
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      Hi carolyn58665...You are quite right. This medication is not meant to be stopped suddenly. I have pretty much advised david the same as you.

      Sometimes the pharmacy will give a few tablets to cover the time 'til the doctor is consulted, or they'll contact him asking for a prescription renewal. I too take the Doxazosin to help control bp.

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      Thank you for your comments , but the pharmacy (being attached the surgery), is closed at weekends. I'll divide up my last tablet over next couple of days as per NellGwyn's suggestion.
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    I agree with Carolyn58665. Call your surgery. Most will elctronically transfer a prescription through to your pharmacy of choice.  

    But in the interim, if you have any tablets left, halve them until you get more. 

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    david43749..you mentioned "unforseen shortage"...what are you meaning?

    If you mean you will be short of the meds prior to seeing your Dr. again, perhaps you might contact him/her to advise or to ask that the prescription be extended so you'll have enough medication. I don't know about where you are, but here in Canada, if you are about to run out, & your doctor isn't available, they will let you have some extra medication to see you through. If you have been prescribed Doxazosin 1mg to be taken 1x/daily I'm assuming you will be missing 3 days worth. So I will suggest you either contact the doctor or your pharmacy.

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    I was forced to urgently withdraw from third line Doxazosin after getting faecal incontinence immediately after a dosage increase from 2 mg/day to 4 mg/day.

    Having discovered that Doxazosin had been withdrawn from a drugs trial in the ALLHAT study because of its implications for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) I monitored myself using high resolution pulse oximetry using a pulse oximeter.

    The resulting traces were in fact indicative of unstable blood oxygen saturation (%SpO2) indicative of early stages of CHF. A full washout of co-administered drugs was necessary to achieve stable %SpO2 traces.

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      Crikey, Bob, your post has unnerved me! I've been taking Doxazosin 2mg for several months, and get a little breathless when going for a walk.  I also get achy which makes me wonder if insufficient oxygen might be getting around.

      Surely if the drug was withdrawn from a drugs trial it wouldn't be on the market?

      Wondering if I need to monitor myself?  Is it simple and where do you get the pulse oximeter from please?  What was the reaction of your GP when you told him you'd been monitoring yourself  and discovered early CHF?

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      There were indeed physicians at the time of the ALLHAT drug trial who said they wouldn't prescribe Doxasozin for their patients.

      Its benefits when used as a third line medication for blood pressure have been published and it may be tolerated by many people but you may find that the Patient Information Leaflet does make reference to the ALLHAT study and possible consequences of CHF.

      I used a recording pulse oximeter Contec Full-Colour OLED USB Finger Pulse Oximeter & Heart Rate Monitor w/ 24hr Memory.

      Doctor had a fit when I showed him the results.

       

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      Thanks for your quick reply, Bob, even if it does leave me even more concerned!  The problem for me is that I have already reacted badly to about 6 other BP meds, and I desperately need to get my BP down as I have CKD3 and only one kidney to boot.  The BP pills that don't seem to cause any discernible side effects unfortunately don't control my BP either.

      Is the monitor easily available and is it very costly, please?

      Also, did you experience a turnaround in the early CHF?

      Sorry for so many questions, Bob, but do appreciate your replies.

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      The monitor is readily available through Amazon. If you go to their site and enter the description of my pulse oximeter it will come up on the screen (about £60). It is important to get the recording version with software which will monitor your overnight blood saturation through your finger and after transfer to a computer prepare an official looking %SpO2 tracing. I can send an image of mine that I showed to my GP.

      Turnaround did occur after a couple of weeks during which %SpO2 gradually stabilised. I've been in touch with a doctor in the US specialising in high resolution pulse oximetry and he is excited about my findings.

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      Here's a strip chart report from my pulse oximeter showing noctural instability of %SpO2 of a 'sawtooth' nature with following dip below an alarm level which should normally cause arousal from sleep. I set the alarm after this episode to make sure I woke up.

      What I show here is not an adverse effect of taking Doxaxosin but about a fortnight later after its withdrawal from co-administered drugs.

      I trusted my opinion that I should go for a complete drug washout rather than continue with remaining drugs as GP insisted (basically because my recordings were showing increasing %SpO2 instability).

      That was four years ago and I'm stiil here - drug free.

       

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    Thank you all for your help.'Crisis' averted, managed to get some..
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