Xatral (Alfuzosin Hydrochloride)
Xatral (Alfuzosin Hydrochloride) Dosage and Side Effects
XATRAL helps relax the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, making it easier to urinate.
Proper Use of this medication
XATRAL is usually taken once daily just after a meal. Do not take XATRAL on an empty stomach. Take the medicine at the same time each day.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.
XATRAL lowers blood pressure and may cause dizziness or fainting, especially when you first start taking it. You may feel very dizzy when you first wake up. Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
While using XATRAL, your blood pressure and prostate will need to be checked often.
Some things can cause your blood pressure to get too low. This includes vomiting, diarrhea, or heavy sweating. Call your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
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.
Warnings and Precautions
To make sure XATRAL 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).
XATRAL can affect your pupils during cataract surgery. Tell your eye surgeon ahead of time that you are using this medicine.
Although XATRAL 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 XATRAL, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
XATRAL is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
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.
Drinking alcohol with this medicine can cause side effects.
Many drugs can interact with XATRAL, and some drugs should not be used together. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with XATRAL. Give a list of all your medicines to any healthcare provider who treats you.
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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.