Alfuzosin Generic Name:
Alfuzosin (al-FUE-zoe-sin)Brand Name:
Alfuzosin is used for:
Treating symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Alfuzosin is an alpha-blocker. It works by blocking receptors in the lower urinary tract, causing smooth muscles in the bladder neck and prostate to relax. This relaxation improves urine flow and reduces the symptoms of BPH.
Do NOT use Alfuzosin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Alfuzosin
- you have moderate to severe liver disease
- you are taking an alpha-blocker (eg, prazosin), an azole antifungal (eg, ketoconazole), or an HIV protease inhibitor (eg, ritonavir)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Alfuzosin :
Some medical conditions may interact with Alfuzosin . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have low blood pressure, chest pain, heart problems (eg, irregular heartbeat), liver problems, kidney problems, other prostate gland problems, or cancer
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Alfuzosin . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Alpha-blockers (eg, prazosin), azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), HIV protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir), or phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (eg, sildenafil) because the risk of side effects, such as severe low blood pressure, may be increased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Alfuzosin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Alfuzosin :
Use Alfuzosin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Alfuzosin . Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Take Alfuzosin by mouth with food. Take with the same meal every day.
- Swallow Alfuzosin whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
- Taking Alfuzosin at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
- Take Alfuzosin on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
- If you miss a dose of Alfuzosin , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Alfuzosin .
Important safety information:
- Alfuzosin may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Alfuzosin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Alfuzosin may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
- Avoid situations in which injury could occur due to fainting.
- Stop using Alfuzosin and contact your health care provider if chest pain occurs or worsens.
- Alfuzosin should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Alfuzosin while you are pregnant. It is not known if Alfuzosin is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Alfuzosin , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Alfuzosin :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Dizziness; drowsiness; headache; stomach pain; stuffy nose.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); back pain; chest pain; dark urine; decreased sexual ability; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; joint pain; painful, prolonged erection; pale stools; severe or persistent dizziness; severe or persistent stomach pain; unusual fatigue or weakness; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Low blood pressure may occur if Alfuzosin is taken in higher doses than prescribed. Symptoms may include fainting; irregular heartbeat.Proper storage of Alfuzosin :
Store Alfuzosin at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Alfuzosin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Alfuzosin , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Alfuzosin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Alfuzosin . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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