Alfuzosin

Alfuzosin

Alfuzosin is a drug to relieve symptoms of benign prostate gland enlargement, such as difficulty urinating, feeling incomplete after urinating, frequent urination, especially at night, or a sluggish flow of urine.

Alfuzosin belongs to the class of alpha-blocking drugs ( alpha-blockers ). This drug works by relaxing the prostate gland and bladder muscles, so that urine flow is smoother and complaints subside. This drug cannot reduce the size of the prostate gland or cure benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).

Alfuzosin can cause a decrease in blood pressure, but is not recommended for treating hypertension.

Alfuzosin trademark : Xatral XL

What is Alfuzosin

group Prescription drugs
Category Alpha blockers ( alpha-blockers )
Benefit Relieves symptoms of benign prostate gland enlargement or benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).
Consumed by Adult 18 years old
 

Alfuzosin for pregnant and lactating women

Category B: Animal studies have shown no risk to the fetus, but there have been no controlled studies in pregnant women.

It is not known whether alfuzosin is absorbed into breast milk or not. This drug is only intended for male patients. Women, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers should not take this drug.

Drug form Slow release tablets

Warnings Before Taking Alfuzosin

Alfuzosin should only be taken according to a doctor's prescription. Before taking this drug, you need to pay attention to the following:

  • Tell your doctor about any allergies you have. Alfuzosin should not be taken by someone who is allergic to this drug.
  • Alfuzosin is only intended for adult male patients, so it should not be consumed by women or children who are less than 18 years old.
  • Tell your doctor if you have severe liver disease . Alfuzosin should not be given to patients with this condition.
  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had liver disease, prostate cancer , kidney disease, cataracts, or heart and blood vessel disease, including heart rhythm disorders , hypertension, hypotension , angina, or heart failure .
  • Tell your doctor that you are taking alfuzosin if you plan to have surgery, including dental surgery, or cataract surgery.
  • Do not drive a vehicle or do activities that require alertness while you are taking Alfuzosin, as this medicine can cause dizziness.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking certain supplements, herbal products, or medications, including antihypertensive drugs.
  • Call your doctor right away if you experience a drug allergic reaction , overdose, or serious side effects after taking alfuzosin.

Alfuzosin Dosage and Rules

The dose and duration of use of alfuzosin will be determined by the doctor according to the patient's condition. In general, the dose of slow-release alfuzosin tablets to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) for adults is 10 mg, once a day, taken at bedtime.

For the elderly who experience acute urinary retention due to benign prostate enlargement, the dose is 10 mg, once a day, taken for 3-4 days starting from the first day of urinary catheter insertion.

How to Take Alfuzosin Correctly

Follow the doctor 's advice and read the instructions on the medicine package before taking alfuzosin. Do not reduce or increase the dose without consulting your doctor.

Take alfuzosin with or immediately after a meal. Do not take alfuzosin before meals or on an empty stomach. Swallow the alfuzosin tablet whole, do not chew or crush the medicine. Take alfuzosin regularly at the same time every day for maximum treatment effect.

The use of alfuzosin can increase the risk of low blood pressure or hypotension, which is characterized by dizziness or even fainting. Therefore, avoid standing for too long and be sure to stand up slowly, after you take this medicine.

If you forget to take alfuzosin, take this drug immediately if the interval between the next consumption schedule is not too close. When it is close, ignore and do not double the dose.

Take control according to the schedule that has been given while taking alfizosin, so that your condition can be monitored. Store alfuzosin tablets in a closed container at a cool temperature. Protect this medication from exposure to direct sunlight. Keep this medicine out of reach of children.

Alfuzosin Interaction with Other Drugs

Some of the effects of drug interactions that can occur if alfuzosin is used with certain drugs are:

  • Increased levels of alfuzosin in the blood which can cause a drastic drop in blood pressure when used with erythromycin , ketoconazole, itraconazole , or ritonavir
  • Increased risk of postural hypotension and fainting when used with other alpha-blocking drugs or antihypertensive drugs , including nitrous
  • Increased risk of an irregular heartbeat if used with amiodarone , haloperidol, citalopram, gatifloxacin, or methadone

Side Effects and Dangers of Alfuzosin

Common side effects after taking alfuzosin are dizziness, headache, and unusual tiredness. This drug can also increase the risk of infection in the respiratory tract . Check with your doctor if the side effects above do not improve or get worse. Immediately see a doctor if you experience an allergic drug reaction or serious side effects, such as:

  • Chest pain , fast, or irregular heartbeat
  • Upper abdominal pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Dizziness so heavy that you feel like passing out
  • Penile erection is prolonged and painful
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