Common Name: alfuzosin
How does Xatral work?Alfuzosin belongs to a group of medications known as alpha 1A receptor antagonists. It is used to treat the symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Alfuzosin helps to relax the muscles in the prostate and the opening of the bladder. This helps to improve urine flow and decrease symptoms of BPH. Alfuzosin does not slow or stop the progression of enlarged prostate. Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
How should I use Xatral?The usual recommended dose is one 10 mg tablet daily, after a meal. The tablet should swallowed whole, not chewed or crushed. It should be taken after the same meal each day. Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor. It is very important that this medication be used on a regular schedule as prescribed by the doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication, check with your health care professional. Do not double-up on doses.
What form(s) does Xatral come in?Each round, prolonged-release tablet contains 10 mg alfuzosin. Nonmedicinal ingredients: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, hydrogenated castor oil, ethylcellulose, yellow ferric oxide, colloidal hydrated silica, magnesium stearate, mannitol, povidone, and microcrystalline cellulose.
What should I NOT take with Xatral?Alfuzosin should not be used by people who: are allergic to alfuzosin or any ingredients of the medication have moderate to severe impairment of liver function
Are there any other precautions or warnings for Xatral?Angina: People with angina (chest pain) should stop using this medication if their symptoms reappear or become worse. Orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure upon arising): Alfuzosin can cause orthostatic hypotension, leading to dizziness or fainting when rising from a sitting or lying position. If you feel faint or dizzy when getting up, lie down until the symptoms pass. This effect often goes away as treatment with alfuzosin is continued. People with orthostatic hypotension should use cautioun while taking alfuzosin, as it may worsen their condition. Prostate cancer: Prostate cancer and BPH cause many of the same symptoms. These two diseases frequently coexist. Before starting alfuzosin therapy, an evaluation should take place to rule out prostate cancer. Women: Alfuzosin is not recommended for use by women. Children: Alfuzosin is not recommended for use by children.