Alfuzosin review

Alfuzosin is a drug categorized under the group of alpha-adrenergic blockers. It is primarily used in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Alfuzosin helps in relaxing the muscles of the urinary system making it easy for the patient to urinate.

Alfuzosin is distributed under the brand name Uroxatral by the Sanofi Aventis. On 2003, the FDA approved this drug as a medication for patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Alfuzosin is in a form of tablet that can be taken orally. For the standard dosage, a 10mg must be taken daily after meals. It is best to take the medicine at the same time daily so as to maintain the schedule and avoid the tendency of missing a dose. Avoid crushing or chewing the medicine. Take the medicine with a glass of water to make it easier to swallow in whole.

If you have missed a dose, forget about it and just take the next dose. Do not attempt to take two dosages at a time to make up for the missed dose because you will get overdosed which might harm your health.

In the event of overdose, seek for immediate medical attention.

Most drugs have side effects when used and in the case of Alfuzosin it also has known side effects. The side effects are categorized into two, less serious side effects and the serious side effects.

Less serious side effects include headache, dizziness, diarrhea, sore throat, runny nose, cough and fatigue. More serious side effects may occur such as chest pain, painful penis erection for male, loss of appetite, swelling of the face, dark colored stools, yellowish skin and eyes, nausea and dark colored urine.

There may be other side effects that are not included here. If any of these side effects occur or there are unwanted results, it is highly recommended to seek for immediate medical attention to avoid any complications.

Before using Alfuzosin, it is best to discuss your medical condition with a doctor. Tell your doctor if you have other medical problems like liver disease, kidney problem, prostate cancer, long QT syndrome, chest pain, low blood pressure, allergies and artery problems. You must also inform the doctor if you are taking drugs for treatment of AIDS or HIV.

Other alpha-blocker drugs may interfere or may react with Alfuzosin so it is best to inform your doctor if you are taking other similar medicine.

If you are going to undergo for a cataract surgery, you must inform your doctor because this drug can affect the pupil of the eye during the surgery.

For the safety of the baby and the mother, pregnant women should consult a doctor before taking Alfuzosin as medication. Breast-feeding mothers should also discuss to a doctor prior to medication.

Alfuzosin may hamper the normal alertness of the brain and body so it is recommended to avoid activities that require mental and physical alertness. This includes driving, swimming, operating machines, biking and other extreme activities.

Some medicines may react with Alfuzosin. You must inform your doctor any medication you are taking prior to using Alfuzosin.

Alfuzosin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of alfuzosin

• Molecular formula of alfuzosin is C19H27N5O4
• Chemical IUPAC Name is N-[3-[(4-amino-6,7-dimethoxy-quinazolin-2-yl)-methyl- amino]propyl]tetrahydrofuran-2-carboxamide
• Molecular weight is 389.449 g/mol
Alfuzosin available : 10mg tablets

Brand name(s): Uroxatral, Xatral

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