Uroxatral (Alfuzosin Hydrochloride)
Uroxatral (Alfuzosin) Dosage and Side Effects
UROXATRAL is used to improve urination in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). UROXATRAL helps relax the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, making it easier to urinate.
Warnings and Precautions
You should not take UROXATRAL if you have moderate to severe liver disease.
There are many other drugs that can interact with UROXATRAL. Tell your doctor about all medications you use.
You should not take UROXATRAL if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- moderate to severe liver disease.
Some medicines can interact with UROXATRAL and should not be used at the same time. Your doctor may need to change your treatment plan if you use any of the following drugs:
- an antibiotic--clarithromycin, telithromycin;
- antifungal medicine--itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole;
- heart medication--nicardipine, quinidine;
- antiviral medicine to treat hepatitis C or HIV/AIDS--atazanavir, boceprevir, cobicistat, delavirdine, fosamprenavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, telaprevir; or
- medicines similar to UROXATRAL--doxazosin, prazosin, silodosin, tamsulosin, or terazosin.
To make sure UROXATRAL is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- low blood pressure, or a history of low blood pressure caused by taking medications;
- kidney disease;
- a personal or family history of long QT syndrome;
- heart disease, angina (chest pain), high blood pressure;
- coronary artery disease (hardened arteries);
- a history of prostate cancer; or
- a condition for which you take a nitrate medication (such as nitroglycerin).
UROXATRAL can affect your pupils during cataract surgery. Tell your eye surgeon ahead of time that you are using this medicine.
Although UROXATRAL is not for use in women, this medicine is not expected to harm an unborn baby or a nursing baby. If you are a woman and you take UROXATRAL, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
UROXATRAL is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- new or worsening chest pain;
- upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- penis erection that is painful or lasts 4 hours or longer.
Common side effects may include:
- feeling tired; or
- cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Interactions with this medication
This medicine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Proper Use of this medication
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.