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Alfuzosin is used to treat problems with urination in men with enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia).

How it works

Alfuzosin belongs to group of medicines called alpha-blockers. It works by blocking the action of  a chemical adrenalin, thereby relaxing the muscles in the bladder and prostate, relieving difficulty in urination.

Common side effects

Abdominal pain, Nausea, Constipation, Cough, Decreased sexual function, Fatigue, Dizziness, Headache, Heartburn, Running nose, Nasal congestion, Sore throat, Chills, Fever


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Expert advice

  • Alfuzosin tablets should be swallowed whole just before bedtime.
  • Do not take alfuzosin while driving as it may cause dizziness or fainting.
  • If you are undergoing cataract surgery, inform your doctor before surgery that you are using or have previously used alfuzosin.
  • If you suffer from drop in blood pressure when getting up from lying position, don’t get up until the symptoms disappear.
  • Alfuzosin may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting, especially when you get up too quickly from a lying position. This is more common when you first start taking alfuzosin. To avoid this problem, get out of bed slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is alfuzosin/Uroxatral a diuretic, blood thinner, beta blocker, alpha blocker or antibiotic?
Alfuzosin belongs to group of medicines called alpha-blockers. Alfuzosin is not a diuretic, not a blood thinner, is not a beta-blocker, not an antibiotic.
Q. Is alfuzosin safe?
Alfuzosin is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is alfuzosin better than tamsulosin?
Alfuzosin and tamsulosin belong to same category of drugs and are equally effective and safe in treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Always follow doctor’s advice regarding its use.
Q. Is alfuzosin generic?
Yes, alfuzosin is a generic drug marketed under brand names like Uroxatral, Afdura, Alfoo, Alfusin, Alfanage, Alfupro, etc.
Q. Is alfuzosin gluten free or contain sulfa?
Yes alfuzosin is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use. It does not contain sulfa.
Q. Can I take saw palmetto (fruit extract used to treat symptoms of enlarged prostate) with alfuzosin?
Yes, saw palmetto and alfuzosin can be taken together. Please consult your doctor before use.
Q. Does alfuzosin cause constipation, weight gain, hair loss, retrograde ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, or fluctuations in blood pressure?
Alfuzosin may cause constipation, low blood pressure, or retrograde ejaculation. It does not cause weight gain and hair loss when taken as prescribed. Alfuzosin may rarely cause prolonged erection, if it goes untreated, can result in erectile dysfunction.
Q. Does alfuzosin lower prostate specific antigen?
Alfuzosin can lower the prostate specific antigen. However the effect may vary with the individual taking the medicine.

Content on this page was last updated on 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)