What is this medication for?
Alfuzosin belongs to a group of medications known as alpha 1A receptor antagonists. It is used to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH).
Alfuzosin helps to relax the muscles in the prostate and the opening of the bladder. This helps to improve urine flow and decrease symptoms of BPH. Alfuzosin does not slow or stop the progression of an enlarged prostate.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Uroxatral® is available as:
- tablet (extended release)
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended dose is one 10 mg tablet daily, after a meal. The tablet should be swallowed whole, not chewed or crushed. It should be taken immediately after the same meal each day.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
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Who should NOT take this medication?
Alfuzosin should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to alfuzosin or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is taking one of the following medications:
- erythromycin or clarithromycin
- itraconazole or ketoconazole
- has moderate-to-severe impairment of liver function