Alfuzosin - Drug InformationGeneric Name : Alfuzosin | Pronunciation : al-fyu-zoe-sin
Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is an alpha-blocker, prescribed for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate. It works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and bladder to allow urine to flow more easily.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Contraindicated in patients with severe kidney, liver impairment, intestinal obstruction and hypersensitivity.
Pregnancy Category :
Category B :Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
Adult: PO- The recommended dose is 2.5 mg 3 times/day. Max: 10 mg/day.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.
Warnings and Precautions :Caution should be exercised in patients with history of irregular heartbeat, prostate cancer, chest pain, low blood pressure, heart or kidney disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness, dizziness or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery and get up slowly from bed while taking this medication.
Avoid situations in which injury could occur because of fainting.
Rarely it may cause prolonged or painful erection; if it so consult with your doctor.
Side Effects :
Central Nervous System - Drowsiness, weakness, depression, headache, dizziness and lack of energy.
Heart - Low blood pressure, fainting, fast heart rate, palpitation, chest pain and flushing.
Gastrointestinal - Dry mouth and GI disturbances.
Miscellaneous - Swelling, blurred vision, runny nose, erectile disorders and hypersensitivity reactions.