The pharmacokinetics of doxazosin were determined in hypertensive subjects after a single dose of 1 mg, and at steady-state while receiving doses of 1, 2, 4 and 8 mg of the drug daily. Chlorothiazide 500 mg once daily was administered as additional therapy throughout the study. After a single dose doxazosin was rapidly absorbed, with peak plasma drug concentrations (Cmax) occurring after 2.1 +/- 0.4 hours. The elimination half-life in plasma was 10.7 +/- 1.2 hours. These parameters remained essentially unchanged during maintenance administration of doxazosin at each of the dose levels. Calculations of Cmax and area under the concentration-time curve (AUC0----infinity) indicated that the pharmacokinetic disposition of the drug remained linear over the dose range 1 to 8 mg.