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ALFUZOSIN

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Uroxatral

GENERIC NAME(S): ALFUZOSIN HCL

 

Description: Alfuzosin is a blockade of these adrenoreceptors causing relaxation of smooth muscle in the bladder neck and prostate, resulting in improvement in urine flow and a reduction in symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Alfuzosin helps to relieve symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, weak stream, and the need to urinate often or urgently (including during the middle of the night).  It does not shrink the enlarged prostate. .

Do not use this medication to treat high blood pressure.

How to use alfuzosin

Take by mouth, once daily after a meal as ti works best when taken with food. Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets.

This medication may cause a sudden drop in your blood pressure, which could lead to dizziness or fainting, usually within a few hours after you take it.

Common side effects include: Dizziness or lightheadedness

Very serious side effects, including: severe dizziness, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat, chest pain. And males may have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours

If you experience these symptoms and in case of allergic reactions, consult your doctor immediately.

Precautions

Inform your doctor or pharmacist your allergies, medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, heart problems (such as chest pain/angina, heart attack), low blood pressure, certain eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma).

This medication may also cause fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away.

Avoid activities that require alertness as this drug can make you drowsy.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women must consult their doctor first before using this medication.

 

Interactions

Some products that may interact with this drug include: other alpha blocker drugs (such as prazosin, terazosin).

Take extra caution when If you are also taking a drug to treat erectile dysfunction-ED or pulmonary hypertension (such as sildenafil, tadalafil), your blood pressure may get too low which can lead to dizziness or fainting.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Missed Dose: As soon as you remember, take a regular dose, or if the time of the next dose is near, wait for it before taking another dose and resume your usual schedule.  Do not increase the dose to compensate for the missed dose. 

Storage: Store medications in room temperature. Do not expose to light and moisture.  Do not store in bathroom.  Keep all medications away from pets and children.  Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour into a drain.

 

Brands:

Available Brands

  • Alfumax [ Sandoz ]
  • Fozal [ Westmont ]
  • Profuzosin [ Sandoz ]
  • RiteMED Alfuzosin HCl [ RiteMED ]
  • Xatral OD [ sanofi-aventis ]

Also marketed as

  • Alfuzin [ H & B Pharma ]

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