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Alfuzosin

Generic Name: Alfuzosin [al-FUE-zoe-sin]
Name Of The Brand: Uroxatral
Dosage Format: Oral tablet, extended release (10 mg)
Drug Class: Alpha-adrenoreceptor antagonists

What is Alfuzosin?

Alfuzosin is an alpha-adrenergic (AL-fa Ad-ren-ER-Jk) blocker that helps patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) produce more urine.

Alfuzosin is also employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline.

Side Effects Of Alfuzosin

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that are warning signs of an allergic response, such as difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of your lips, face, or tongue,

Alfuzosin may cause serious side effects. Consult your physician right away. If you suffer from:

  • A lightheaded sensation, similar to feeling like you're about to pass out.

  • New or worsening chest pain that isn't getting better or worse;

  • Upper stomach pain, nausea bloody urine, dark-colored stool, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin), 

  • Penis erections that are painful or last for four hours or more

Common adverse effects of alfuzosin could include:

  • Dizziness;

  • Headache 

  • Feeling exhausted.

Other negative effects could manifest; this is not a comprehensive list of potential side effects. Seek medical advice from your doctor about any side effects.You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Warnings

It is not recommended to take alfuzosin when you suffer from moderate or severe kidney disease.

Numerous drugs can affect alfuzosin. Some are not recommended to be used in conjunction with it. Inform your doctor about all your medications currently used as well as any new medications you begin or stop taking.

Alfuzosin reduces blood pressure and can cause dizziness or fainting, particularly when you are taking blood pressure or heart medication. Avoid driving or engaging in hazardous activities until you understand the effects of alfuzosin on your health.

Consult your physician immediately. If you experience a feeling of lightheadedness and are frightened of passing out,

Before You Take This Drug

Alfuzosin should not be taken if you have an allergy to this substance or suffer from:

  • Moderate to severe liver disease from moderate to severe.

Certain medicines may cause undesirable or harmful effects when combined with alfuzosin. Your doctor might alter the treatment plan in the event that you are also taking:

  • An antibiotic;

  • Antifungal medicine;

  • Heart medicine;

  • Antiviral medication to treat Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS and

  • Doxazosin, prazosin, silodosin, tamsulosin, or terazosin are medications that act similarly to alfuzosin..

Inform your doctor if you have ever suffered from:

  • Low blood pressure, particularly if the cause is medication use;

  • Liver disease;

  • Kidney disease;

  • Prostate cancer, 

  • The long QT disorder (in either you or an immediate family member).

Alfuzosin can affect your pupils. If you've had cataract surgery, be sure to inform your surgeon before you start taking alfuzosin.

Alfuzosin is not recommended for women. The effects of this medicine on lactating women or pregnant women are not known.Alfuzosin is not a drug that has been approved for use by anyone less than 18 years old.

How To Take Alfuzosin?

The doctor will examine the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to detect prostate cancer prior to taking alfuzosin.

Follow the directions on the label of your prescription and read the medication guide or instructions sheets. Your doctor may alter your dosage. Follow the medication exactly as prescribed.

Use alfuzosin right after an eating meal, in the exact same order throughout the day. Don't take this medication on an empty stomach.

Suck the tablet completely and make sure you don't crush, chew, or break it.

Alfuzosin decreases blood pressure and can cause fainting or dizziness, particularly when you are first taking it. You might feel extremely dizzy upon waking up. Be careful not to get up too quickly from a lying or seated position. You could be dizzy.

Your blood pressure is likely to be checked regularly.

Certain conditions could cause blood pressure levels to drop too low. This could include diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive sweating. Consult your physician if you have a stomach ache or diarrhea.

Keep at room temperature, away from heat, humidity, and light.

Details on Dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia:

Tablet with extended-release: 10 mg taken orally every day, immediately following the same meal on a daily basis.

What Happens If I Miss a Dose?

Do not take the medicine for as long as you can. However, avoid your missed dose if you are close to the time of the next dose. Don't take two doses at a time.

What Happens If I Overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What Should Be Avoided?

Avoid driving and other hazardous activities until you understand how alfuzosin affects your body. Your reaction could be affected.

Consuming alcohol while taking this medication could cause adverse effects.

Interaction With Other Drugs

Inform your doctor about the medicines you are taking currently. Certain medications can increase the risk of developing extremely low blood pressure, such as alfuzosin. This includes:

  • Heart or blood pressure medication;

  • Nitrate medications (such as Nitroglycerin) as well as

  • Sildenafil (viagra) and other erectile dysfunction medications.

This list isn't complete. Numerous other medications can influence alfuzosin. Some medications should not be taken together. Discuss with your doctor all the medicines you are currently taking and any medications you begin or stop taking. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Not all interactions are included in this list.

 

 

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