Uroxatral, also known as Alfuzosin, falls within the group of medications called alpha-adrenergic blockers.
Every pill of Uroxatral consists of 10 mg of alfuzosin hydrochloride as the main active component. Alfuzosin looks like a white crystalline powder and melts at about 240 degrees. Alfuzosin hydrochloride can be solved in water and is hardly soluble in alcohol.
Uroxatral pills also contain such inactive components as ethyl cellulose, hydrogenated castor oil, magnesium, stearate, colloidal silicon dioxide, povidone and yellow ferric oxide.
Uroxatral is intended for treatment of the male enlarged prostate. The drug acts by relaxing the muscles of prostate and bladder, which makes it easier to urinate. The medicine is mostly used to improve urination in people suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (also referred to as an enlarged prostate).
Uroxatral allows opening the urinary canal, which carries urine out of the bladder, allowing it to flow fast. Therefore, the symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia such as weak stream, making it difficult to start the flow of urine, the wish to urinate frequently or immediately gradually disappears. This medicine is used to help the body eliminate kidney stones via urine.
Uroxatral must be taken orally after eating, generally once a day. The drug is more effective when taken with meal.
If you take Uroxatral without food, it may be useless. Follow your doctor’s prescriptions strictly. Avoid crushing or chewing the pill, as it can reduce the drug effect and increases the risk of health complications.
Never change the dosage of Uroxatral without the doctor’s approval. To make the drug work better, take the drug at the same time every day.
Uroxatral may cause a sharp drop in blood pressure that may cause blackouts, sickness, vertigo particularly in the initial stage of treatment. When you wake up, you may experience vertigo, so you should get up gradually.
Your doctor may ask you to take the drug after eating during bed time so that your organism gets used to the adverse effects of the drug. Contact your doctor if you experience vertigo, lack of appetite, breast pain, change in the color of urine, yellowing of the skin, pain during erection or priapism.
Some non-prescription pills, vitamins, herbal additives and pain killers may interact with this drug. So tell your doctor beforehand if you have been taking any of them before beginning the treatment.
If you have allergy to any component of Uroxatral, you must stop taking it and inform your physician. You should inform your doctor if you suffer from the following diseases: liver/kidney dysfunction, prostate cancer, history of LQTS, ischemic heart diseases, angina and hypertension. You should inform your doctor if you’re taking any other drugs as they can negatively interact with Uroxatral. They include: similar prostate drugs, HIV drugs, atenolol, arsenic trioxide, cimetidine, conivaptan, diltiazem, droperidol, enoxacin, imatinib, isoniazid, pain killers, antidepressants, antifungal medicationes, nitrates, anti-malarials, heart drugs, sickness or vomiting pills, psychiatric drugs, head pain medicines and narcotic drugs.