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    Alfuzosin

    Information about Alfuzosin

    Alfuzosin uses

    Alfuzosin is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

    How alfuzosin works

    Alfuzosin is an alpha blocker. It works by relaxing muscle around the bladder exit and prostate gland so urine is passed more easily.

    Common side effects of alfuzosin

    Dizziness, Ejaculation disorder

    Available Medicine for Alfuzosin

    • ₹375
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹428
      Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹204
      Cipla Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹98
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹116
      Zydus Cadila
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹95
      La Renon Healthcare Pvt Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹86
      Overseas Healthcare Pvt Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹119
      Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹111
      Hetero Drugs Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹72
      Bharat Serums & Vaccines Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Alfuzosin

    • Fully effective within 2 weeks in most men, but some men show improvement within hours or days of starting treatment.
    • Does not decrease the size of the prostate or prevent it from growing. Some men will eventually need surgery to relieve their symptoms.
    • No or mild side effects even on long-term use. Low strength (asthenia), sleepiness and a slight fall in blood pressure may occur.
    • Retrograde ejaculation may occur as a side effect but should disappear when treatment is stopped.
    • It may affect your eye muscles; this should be harmless unless you are scheduled for a cataract surgery.

    Frequently asked questions for Alfuzosin

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    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 the same category of drugs and are equally effective and safe in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Always follow doctor's advice regarding its use.
    Q. Does Alfuzosin contain sulfa?
    No, Alfuzosin does not contain sulfa. However, please refer to the package insert of the prescribed brand before use for the composition.
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    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.
    Q. How to use Alfuzosin with a catheter?
    Alfuzosin can be given to a patient with a catheter in place and can continue even after removal of the catheter. Clinical studies have shown beneficial results of using Alfuzosin in patients catheterised for acute urinary retention caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). These patients could pass urine more easily after catheter removal with a lesser need for re-catheterisation.
    Q. Does Alfuzosin cause ejaculation problems?
    Ejaculatory problems like retrograde ejaculation and ejaculation failure are a common side effect associated with the use of Alfuzosin and are dose-dependent, i.e., a higher dose will cause more side effects. Priapism (painful erection) is also seen to be a rare and serious side effect with its use.
    Q. Is Alfuzosin a steroid?
    Alfuzosin is not a steroid. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
    Q. Is Alfuzosin available over the counter?
    Alfuzosin is not an over the counter medicine. It belongs to a class of prescription medicines.
    Q. How does Alfuzosin work?
    Alfuzosin relaxes the smooth muscles of the prostate and decreases the pressure on the urethra. This helps in relieving the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia as it allows easy passage of urine and decreases urge to urinate repeatedly both during day and night time, and it allows complete emptying of the bladder.
    Q. Does Alfuzosin help in erectile dysfunction?
    Alfuzosin is not indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Please consult your doctor if you are suffering from erectile dysfunction for its right treatment.
    Q. Is Alfuzosin a diuretic?
    No, Alfuzosin is not a diuretic. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
    Q. How does Alfuzosin help in removal of kidney stones?
    Alfuzosin helps in removal of kidney stones which are in the distal ureter. It works by relaxing the muscles of the urinary tract which causes an easy removal of the stones. It does not break the kidney stones. Use of Alfuzosin also decreases the need for painkillers.
    Q. Is Alfuzosin better than tamsulosin?
    Alfuzosin and tamsulosin belong to the same class of drugs and are equally good in relieving the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. However, tamsulosin is seen to cause more ejaculatory problems like retrograde ejaculation and anejaculation and has more chances of causing floppy iris syndrome which can affect the clinical outcomes in cataract surgery.
    Q. Why should I stop taking Alfuzosin before my cataract surgery?
    Alfuzosin can cause floppy eye syndrome in which the muscles of the iris become floppy and the pupil constricts unexpectedly during cataract surgery. So, when the eye surgeon actually needs a dilated pupil, it will constrict and restrict the field of surgery and can affect the surgical outcomes.
    Q. Why does Alfuzosin cause stuffy nose?
    Alfuzosin relaxes the smooth muscles of the blood vessels and this vasodilation of the blood vessels can cause a stuffy nose.

    Content on this page was last updated on 01 November, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)