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Alfuzosin

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Uroxatral®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Alfuzosin®;Sandoz-Alfuzosin;Teva-Alfuzosin PR;Xatral
    • Mexican Brand Names: Xatral OD
    • Pharmacologic Category: Alpha1 Blocker

    Uses
    • In men, it is used to treat the signs of an enlarged prostate.
    • It is used to treat kidney stones.
    • Alfuzosin calms muscles of the prostate, making signs better.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take this drug at the same time of day.
    • Take this drug with food.
    • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to alfuzosin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have liver disease.

    Precautions

    • If you are having cataract surgery, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have low blood pressure, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood pressure checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have a rectal exam (to check prostate gland) and blood work (PSA test). Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Avoid beer, wine, or mixed drinks.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • Be careful in hot weather. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Headache.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Change in sex ability. This most often goes back to normal.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Erection that lasts more than 4 hours.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Chest pain or pressure.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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