Uroxatral is a medication used to treat enlarged prostates in men. This drug is also referred to as Alfuzosin in the medical field.
How it works
This medication does not treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate by shrinking the prostate. On the contrary, it treats the condition by relaxing the muscles in the bladder and prostate. This medication belongs to a group of drugs known as alpha blockers.
The drug is mainly used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is useful in alleviating various symptoms of this condition. These include weak stream of urine and the need to urinate urgently. Furthermore, this medication can also be useful in helping you get rid of kidney stones through urination.
You need to take this medicine by mouth, as advised by your physician. Generally, this medication is only consumed once a day, after mealtime. This medicine works best when it is consumed with food. If you consume the drug without food, you will not be able to experience its best results.
You must not chew or crush the tablets. Doing so can release the entire tablet inside your mouth at once. This will increase your risk towards the side effects of this medication. Therefore, you must swallow the tablet whole without chewing or biting.
This medication can decrease your blood pressure and therefore can result in fainting or dizziness. This usually happens during the early days of the treatment. Therefore, make sure to avoid situations where there is a risk for falling. In order to avoid this side effect, your physician might ask you to take your daily dose at bed time as you are less likely to get injured. In this case, make sure to adhere to the instructions of your physician.
Furthermore, if your condition worsens or persists over the course of the treatment, make sure to inform your physician immediately.
During the treatment period, you are highly likely to experience dizziness and lightheadedness. Even though these symptoms will go away soon, you must inform your healthcare provider if they worsen with time.
It is also possible for you to come across some severe side effects such as irregular heartbeat, fainting, chest pain and severe dizziness. At the event of such effects, get immediate medical help.
In rare occasions, it is possible for you to experience a painful or prolonged erection. If this happens, immediately stop using the medication and get help.
The following are some precautionary methods that you need to use during the treatment period to ensure your own safety.
Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used in this drug.
Inform your physician if you previously suffered from a kidney or liver disease.
Do not operate machines, Drive or get involved in any task that requires you to be alert as this medication can make you dizzy and drowsy.
Be careful when giving this medication to older adults. They are more susceptible to side effects such as dizziness and low blood pressure. Furthermore, when rising from a sitting or lying position, get up slowly. This will enable you to avoid dizziness.