An enlarged prostate can be common among men of a certain age. My husband falls into that category. Therefore, he has been prescribed a drug to help deal with the issue. It is called alfuzosin; sometimes known by the brand name uroxatral.
The purpose of this drug it to deal with the symptoms that are associated with BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). The medication is known as an alpha-blocker. It is used to relax the muscles around the bladder neck as well as the prostate itself. When used successfully, it removes the feeling of urgency that can attack people suffering from an enlarged prostate.
Like most drugs; however, alfuzosin has side effects. The most typical are decreased sexual drive, a feeling of being lightheaded and headache. For most people those symptoms disappear as soon as the body becomes acclimated to the medication. If that doesn’t occur within a short span of time, it is important to contact your physician.
In some cases more serious side effects are possible. These may include abdominal pain, black out, chest pain, dark urine, irregular heartbeat, nausea, unexplained fatigue or muscle weakness and vomiting. Those symptoms should be reported to a physician if they occur. The drug may need to be adjusted or changed altogether.
In a few cases, it is possible that alfuzosin can cause a prolonged erection for a period of four or more hours. If that takes place, it is important to cease taking the drug and contact a physician for further instruction.
Alfuzosin can also elicit allergic reactions in some people. These could include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: difficulty breathing, extreme dizziness, itching, skin rash and unexplained swelling. Anyone experiencing those symptoms should report to an ER facility as quickly as possible.
There are also precautions that should be taken when using alfuzosin. Inform your physician if you have experiencing an allergy to other alpha-blockers. Chances are good that you will have the same response to alfuzosin.
People with heart, kidney or liver problems will not always make good candidates for alfuzosin use. Therefore, make certain your physician is aware of any one or more of those conditions before accepting a prescription of this medication.
Alfuzosin can affect heart rhythm, making the heart beat faster, slower, or at an uneven pace. While this condition is rarely fatal, it can be disconcerting and even uncomfortable. It that is a problem, your doctor may wish to switch out your medications. In the mean time, avoid taking drugs such as midofetilide, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine, and sotalol, which may add to the problem.
Avoid drinking alcohol while using this medication. Since it can make you dizzy on your own, the extra introduction of alcohol could create a dangerous situation. In any case, refrain from operating heavy equipment while taking the drug.
Because kidney function changes as you age, excess alfuzosin may not be effectively removed from the bodies of the elderly. Therefore, it is important to have the drug’s presence monitored from time to time through blood and urine tests.
Medications meant to deal with erectile dysfunction or pulmonary hypertension could be dangerous when taken in conjunction with alfuzosin. These include drugs such as atenolol, diltiazem, sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafile,
Certain other drugs can have an impact on alfuzosin. These include antifungal medications, certain antibiotics, anti-seizure medications, HIV medications and over-the-counter St. John’s wort. More specifically, avoid the use of alfuzosin if you are taking clarithromycin, cimetidine, erythromycin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, rifamycins and rifampin
Alfuzosin generally comes in pill form with a 10-milligram dose being a starting place. It is usually prescribed for use once a day. It should be taken with a meal in order to achieve the best absorption rate.
It is important to swallow the medication whole. It should never be crushed or chewed since that would cause its immediate release into the bloodstream rather than measured dose intended.
Do not eat grapefruit or drink the juice of the fruit while taking alfuzosin. Grapefruit products can alter how the drug is released into the bloodstream.
Take alfuzosin only as prescribed. Do not double up if you miss a dose. Simply take the drug as soon as the missed dose is discovered unless the time to the next dose it shorter than the time from the missed dose.
Store alfuzosin at room temperature, around 75 degree Fahrenheit. Also keep it away from sources of heat, light and excessive moisture.
Do not flush excess medication down the drain or toilet. Instead, call your local pharmacist for disposal instructions.