Generic Name: Alfuzosin

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Uroxatral is used to treat signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition that may be referred to as an enlarged prostate.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Uroxatral is an extended-release medicine (a type of tablet that releases medicine into your body throughout the day). Uroxatral works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and bladder, thereby allowing urine to flow easily.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Uroxatral has been shown to improve symptoms of BPH, such as urinary frequency, strong urges to urinate, waking up to urinate, trouble urinating, incomplete bladder emptying, urinary flow that starts and stops, and a weak stream.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Uroxatral exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly and ask you questions from time to time to check how well this medication is working.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: dizziness, upper respiratory infection, headache, tiredness.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Sudden drop in your blood pressure, especially at the start of treatment, with symptoms such as fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.

    A painful erection that will not go away, and cannot be relieved by having sex.

    Uroxatral may also cause chest pain or eye problems during cataract surgery.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Uroxatral if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Uroxatral if you have moderate or severe liver impairment.

    Do not take Uroxatral if you are currently taking ketoconazole, itraconazole, or ritonavir.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Uroxatral. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart problems (such as QT prolongation or chest pain), kidney or liver problems, low blood pressure, prostate cancer, or plan to have cataract surgery.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is one tablet once a day.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Uroxatral exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Uroxatral without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Take Uroxatral after the same meal each day. Do not take it on an empty stomach.

    Swallow Uroxatral tablets whole. Do not crush, split, or chew the tablets.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how Uroxatral affects you.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Uroxatral is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Uroxatral with the following: blood pressure medicines, itraconazole, ketoconazole, medications for chest pain (such as nitroglycerin), medications for erectile dysfunction (an inability to attain or maintain an erection) (such as sildenafil or tadalafil), or ritonavir.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Uroxatral is not for use in women.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Uroxatral, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light and moisture.

Starting a Cholesterol Drug?

Our seven-week newsletter series, written by a pharmacist, will help you learn about your medication.
Sign Up

Meet the Pharmacists

I'm Beth Isaac, PharmD. Welcome to PDR Health!

Check out my latest post on cholesterol drugs.

Uroxatral Related Drugs

Uroxatral Related Conditions