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  • Generic Name: (alfuzosin hydrochloride)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 08/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Uroxatral is a medicine used to treat signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition that may be referred to as an enlarged prostate.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Uroxatral is an extended-release medicine (a type of tablet that releases medicine into your body throughout the day). Uroxatral works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and bladder.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Uroxatral has been shown to lessen symptoms of BPH and improve urine flow.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Uroxatral exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      Your healthcare provider may order tests and ask you questions from time to time to check how well this medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: dizziness, upper respiratory infection, headache, tiredness.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Sudden drop in blood pressure after you stand up from a lying or sitting positing. Symptoms may include fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness. Your risk of having this problem may be increased if you take Uroxatral with medicines for high blood pressure or a nitrate medicine for angina (chest pain). If you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded, sit or lie down with your legs and feet up.

      Painful erection of the penis, sustained for hours, and unrelieved by sexual intercourse or masturbation. This condition is extremely rare but serious, and if untreated can lead to permanent inability to have an erection.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take Uroxatral if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not take Uroxatral if you have moderate or severe liver impairment.

      Do not take Uroxatral if you take antifungal medicines (like ketoconazole or itraconazole) or anti-HIV medicine (like ritonavir).

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Uroxatral. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems, a heart problem called angina or a family history of a rare heart condition known as congenital prolongation of the QT interva, or prostate cancer; have had low blood pressure (especially after taking another medicine); or plan to have cataract surgery.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Men: The recommended dose is one 10-milligram tablet once a day.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take Uroxatral exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Uroxatral without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Take Uroxatral after the same meal each day. Do not take it on an empty stomach.

      Swallow Uroxatral tablets whole. Do not crush, split, or chew the tablets.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not drive, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Uroxatral affects you.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Uroxatral is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Uroxatral may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      Uroxatral is not for use in women.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Uroxatral, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Protect from light and moisture.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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