What is Alfuzosin used for?
Alfuzosin is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). It belongs to a group of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers. By relaxing the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, Alfuzosin makes it easier to urinate.
This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Alfuzosin?
Like other medicines, Alfuzosin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Alfuzosin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Alfuzosin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Alfuzosin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Alfuzosin can cause side effects such as headache, dizziness, diarrhea, constipation, cough, and loss of appetite. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Alfuzosin.
What is the recommended dosage of Alfuzosin?
The dosage of Alfuzosin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Alfuzosin with a full glass of water. It should be taken after a meal.
What if you miss a dose of Alfuzosin?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Alfuzosin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Alfuzosin?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Alfuzosin, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Alfuzosin?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Alfuzosin.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Alfuzosin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Alfuzosin can interact with HIV/AIDS medicines, antifungal medicines, antidepressants, and antibiotics.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Alfuzosin?
Is it possible for me to take Alfuzosin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Alfuzosin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Alfuzosin?
How will Alfuzosin work in my body?
How should Alfuzosin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Alfuzosin drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Alfuzosin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.