Alfuzosin

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Generic Name: Alfuzosin Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is alfuzosin used for?

Alfuzosin is commonly used to treat the signs of an enlarged prostate in men. It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

How should I take alfuzosin?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Take alfuzosin with food with the same meal each day.

Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

Keep taking this medicine as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.

To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

How do I store alfuzosin?

Alfuzosin is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store alfuzosin in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of alfuzosin that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush alfuzosin down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using alfuzosin?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of alfuzosin or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have liver disease.

Tell all of your health care providers that you take alfuzosin. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.

To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing stairs.

If you are having cataract surgery or other eye procedure, 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.

Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.

This medicine is not approved for use in children. Talk with the doctor.

This medicine is not approved for use in women.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using alfuzosin during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking alfuzosin. Alfuzosin is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from alfuzosin?

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Feeling tired or weak

Call your doctor right away if you have a painful erection (hard penis) or an erection that lasts for longer than 4 hours. This may happen even when you are not having sex. If this is not treated right away, it may lead to lasting sex problems and you may not be able to have sex.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with alfuzosin?

Alfuzosin may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with alfuzosin?

Alfuzosin may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with alfuzosin?

Alfuzosin may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using alfuzosin.

What is the dose of alfuzosin for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Extended-release tablet: 10 mg orally once a day immediately after the same meal each day

What is the dose of alfuzosin for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is alfuzosin available?

Alfuzosin is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of alfuzosin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: September 20, 2017 | Last Modified: September 21, 2017

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