Alfuzosin is an alpha blocker. It works by relaxing muscle around the bladder exit and prostate gland so urine is passed more easily.
Uses of Solifenacin
Solifenacin is used in the treatment of Overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. OAB is a collection of urinary symptoms, including frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination.
Solifenacin side effects
Dryness in mouth, Constipation, Blurred vision, Dry eye, Urinary retention.
No, Alfuzosin does not shrink the size of the prostate. It belongs to alpha-blocker class of medicines. It works by relaxing muscles of bladder and prostate to allow urine to flow more easily. It helps in relieving symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
Q. Can Alfuzosin cause erectile dysfunction?
No, Alfuzosin does not cause erectile dysfunction. On the contrary, it may help in improving such condition. However, this medicine may cause painful erection (priapism) which does not go away. If priapism is not treated you may not be able to get an erection in the future.
Q. When should I take Alfuzosin?
Alfuzosin should be taken after meals at the same time each day. Do not cut, crush, or chew the medicine, but swallow it whole with water.
Q. Does Alfuzosin have any effect on liver?
In very rare cases your liver may be affected and cause liver function abnormality. Inform the doctor if you already have liver disease before starting the medication. The doctor will prescribe a lower dose of Alfuzosin once or twice daily.
Q. Can Alfuzosin be taken by old or elderly people?
Yes, it can be taken by elderly or old people, but they need to be careful. Regular monitoring is required in case the patient also has high blood pressure.
Q. Can Alfuzosin affect my eyes?
In rare cases, Alfuzosin may cause abnormal vision. But, it is important to know that this medicine may cause complications during surgery, if you are to be operated for cataract. Hence, inform your doctor before surgery that you are taking Alfuzosin. Your doctor may perform surgery differently and complications can be prevented.
Q. Can the use of sildenafil or vardenafil cause trouble when taken along with Alfuzosin?
Extreme care should be taken if you are taking sildenafil or vardenafil along with Alfuzosin. The combination may cause a significant decrease in blood pressure which can be serious. Inform your doctor if you are taking these medicines.
Q. What can patients do to help alleviate or prevent discomfort and side effects due to Alfuzosin?
Alfuzosin may lower your blood pressure especially when you suddenly stand up after lying down. You may feel dizzy or fainting and therefore you should get up slowly from bed or chair. This medicine may impair your reactions. Hence, avoid driving or hazardous activities until you know how this medicine will affect you.
Solifenacin should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Generally, it is recommended that the medicine should be taken once daily, preferably at the same time. It can be taken with or without food.
Q. Does Solifenacin cause dementia?
In rare cases, Solifenacin may cause confusion and hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist) as side effects. It may also cause delirium in very few people (disturbed state of mind characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence). Though there are studies which support that Solifenacin may cause dementia, it is still to be confirmed.
Q. What is overactive bladder?
Overactive bladder is a condition where the nerve signals coming from the brain directs your bladder to empty even when it is not full. Consequently, this may affect a person’s ability to control bladder contractions. Rapid uncontrollable contractions cause symptoms of overactive bladder which are urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and urinary incontinence (leakage).
Q. Do I need to take Solifenacin everyday?
Yes, Solifenacin needs to be taken once daily as advised by your doctor. You should not take it only when the symptoms are bothersome as it will not work properly. Furthermore, if you forget to take a dose, continue taking it next day as per the prescribed schedule. Additionally, it is advised to not take 2 doses on the same day.
Q. Does Solifenacin start working right away?
Solifenacin may start showing improvement in symptoms of overactive bladder within a week. However, it may take up to 4 weeks to show maximum benefits. This may vary from person to person. Do not stop taking it even if considerable improvement is not observed, but consult with the doctor.
Q. Can Solifenacin be taken by anyone?
Solifenacin is to be prescribed by the doctor only. This medicine is meant for adults. Its consumption should be avoided by patients who are allergic to Solifenacin, who are unable to empty their bladder (urinary retention), have delayed or slow emptying of the stomach (gastric obstruction), or have increased pressure in eyes with vision problems (narrow angle glaucoma).
Q. What should I avoid while on Solifenacin?
You should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery if you experience drowsiness or blurred vision while taking Solifenacin, as it can be dangerous.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.