Brand Name: Uroxatral
Generic Name: Alfuzosin
Modern doctors often prescribe Uroxatral to help their patients treat the basic symptoms of BPH, or enlarged prostate. This medication belongs to a group of meds called alpha blockers, so it works by relaxing muscles in the prostate and bladder neck.
This is what results in relieving BPH symptoms, including the feeling of needing to urinate urgently or frequently, weak stream, difficulty to start urinating and so on.
Sometimes, Uroxatral is also taken to help the body get rid of kidney stones via urination.
This medication should be taken by mouth, normally only once a day after a meal because it works best when it’s taken with food. Taking this pill on an empty stomach may reduce its absorption and effectiveness.
Patients should remember that this medicine may cause such unwanted symptoms as lightheadedness and dizziness.
If they want to avoid possible injuries, including accidental falls, their first dosage should be taken with a meal at their bedtime to let their bodies adjust to the effects of Uroxatral.
Like other pills, this medicine causes specific adverse effects, including:
However, most patients don’t develop any symptoms at all, so only a few of them risk ending up with the following serious side effects:
It’s necessary to go to the hospital right after noticing such dangerous symptoms as fainting, severe dizziness, chest pain and fast heartbeat.
Uroxatral is also associated with certain allergic reactions caused by its active ingredient and characterized by such symptoms as trouble breathing, swelling, rash, itching and so on.
Before starting this treatment, doctors should be well-informed about other medical conditions of their patients.
For example, if they have allergies to medications, liver problems, prostate gland disorders, heart complications, kidney issues and others, people need to consult their physicians before they take Uroxatral.
This medicine may make them feel dizzy, so they shouldn’t drive or perform other activities that require their alertness.
Patients also need to limit the consumption of different alcoholic beverages and get up slowly from lying and sitting positions to reduce the risk of dizziness. Pregnant and nursing women are not allowed to start this treatment.
There are certain medications that shouldn’t be combined with Uroxatral because of dangerous drug interactions.
This can be said for ED pills, meds that lower blood pressure, azole antifungals, macrolide antibiotics, HOV protease inhibitors and some others. They reduce its effectiveness and result in an increased risk of side effects.