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General Information
Brand names and manufacturer
Type: OTC/Prescription/schedule
Pronunciation

Uses
 
What should I know before taking this drug
 
Precautions
 
Dosage information
  
Adverse reactions
 
Storage
 

 

Fual (Alkem)
Xelflo ( Sun)
 
Alfuzosin is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
 
Alfuzosin is pronounced as: al fyoo ZOE sin. 
 
Alfuzosin is a cardio vascular drug belongs to class peripherally acting anti adrenergic agent.
 
Alfuzosin is used for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged gland). 
Alfuzosin gives the relief from the symptoms of BPH by relaxing the muscles of the prostrate and bladder neck.
 
Take alfuzosin exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
 
Do not take alfuzosin on empty stomach, take it with glass full of water just after eating the food.
 
Do not stop taking alfuzosin even your condition is improved until your doctor advised to stop the medication.
 
Extended release tablet should be taken as a whole. Do not crush, chew or break the tablet.
 

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking alfuzosin?
Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any OTC or prescription drugs like

  • Atenolol
  • Cimetidine
  • Itraconazole, ketoconazole

Inform your doctor if you have following medical diseases , as alfuzosin should be used cautiously in these conditions

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Angina (Chest pain)
  • Low blood pressure
Do not take the alfuzosin if you are suffering severe liver or kidney disease.  

Do not use alfuzosin if you are taking itraconazole, ketoconazole, ritonavir.

What are the precautions I should follow for alfuzosin?

Children: Alfuzosin should not be used in children; its safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.

Old people: This should be given to old age people under the supervision of doctor.

Pregnant woman: Alfuzosin belongs to FDA pregnancy category B. This means that alfuzosin is safe during pregnancy and is not expected to cause any harm to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.

Lactating women: It is not known whether alfuzosin passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take alfuzosin with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding baby.
Other:

It is available in the form of tablet.
 
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.

Generally it is given as 2.5 mg three times daily for old age people it is started with 2.5 mg two times daily.
 
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
  
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
 
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
The overdose symptoms are
  • Weak pulse rate 
  • Dizziness 
  • Cold skin 
Less common side effects are
  • Dizziness 
  • Diarrhea
  • Tiredness 
  • Sore throat
If you have any of the following side effects then stop taking this medication and consult your health expert immediately.
  • Chest pain is worsening or feel light-headed
  • Fainting 
  • Painful erection of penis
Store alfuzosin at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any left over portion is disposed off safely.
 
  • Alfuzosin can affect the pupils of your eyes during the cataract surgery so inform your doctor if you are on treatment with alfuzosin.
  •  If you are consuming alfuzosin you should be away from the work that requires you to be alert and awake.
  • Do not take alcohol if you are using alfuzosin.
  • You need to monitor your blood pressure regularly while you are taking alfuzosin.  
 
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
 
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last modified: July 8, 2011