It’s a prescription drug generally administered to aid urination in enlarged prostate medical conditions like Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) in males. It belongs to the category of alpha-blockers. So, it helps to relieve blocked urination caused due to prostate enlargement by relaxing the associated muscles. Because of its blood pressure lowering property, it may cause fainting & headache. It is only available in the form of prolonged-release tablets.
Doctors usually prescribe it to patients suffering from painful, troubled and blocked urination due to prostate enlargement. It acts on the muscles involved in urination and helps in bladder emptying by relaxing those muscles. This drug acts explicitly on alpha receptors of the bladder and prostate gland. Its extended-release administration helps in maintaining consistent drug effectiveness for a longer duration. Such formulations also prevent side effects due to high dosage.
Fainting, headache, dizziness, running nose & constipation are its common side effects. These conditions often subside within days but require medical attention on worsening. The serious side effects include prolonged penile erection and sudden blood pressure dropping. These adverse effects require immediate medical help as they can be life-threatening. Since this drug may cause adverse drug interactions or allergic reactions, one must not hide the ongoing drug therapy or relevant history of allergy before taking it. Allergies may appear as rashes, troubled breathing & swallowing, swelling up of face & limbs, chest pain & voice hoarseness.
1. How long does it take for Alfuzosin to work?
The drug may start its action approximately in 4 weeks of intake. This drug is slow in action, so one must continue its intake as per the treatment plan even if no betterment is seen during the early administration period. But stop the regime immediately on the appearance of allergic reactions.
2. Can I discontinue its usage?
Ceasing the intake of this alpha-blocker during the treatment of prostate enlargement may cause increased Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms like trouble in urinating, urges for urinating frequently, pain while urinating and dribbling following urination. So continue as per the treatment plan even if the condition is not getting better initially.
3. Does Alfuzosin cause hair loss?
There is no association between this drug’s usage and hair loss.
4. Does Alfuzosin precipitate retrograde ejaculation?
There is no scientifically established evidence supporting Alfuzosin usage as the cause behind retrograde ejaculation. However, various studies indicate that it may improve the ejaculatory functions of the users.
5. Does Alfuzosin cause prostate shrinkage?
No, it does not play any role in shrinking the prostate in case of pathological enlargement of the prostate gland. However, it is used to promote comfortable urination and lower the symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) by relaxing muscles involved in urination.
6. Is Alfuzosin safe?
It has been scientifically established that long-term usage of Alfuzosin 10 mg (once daily) is safe in patients with Symptomatic Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate unless the patient develops an allergy to this drug or suffers from worsening of symptoms.
7. Which is better, Alfuzosin or tamsulosin?
Although both are equally effective for treating bladder concerning issues due to prostate enlargement, studies suggest that tamsulosin usage causes various ejaculatory problems, unlike Alfuzosin. Some studies indicate that Alfuzosin can improve the ejaculatory functions upon its long-term use.
8. When to take Alfuzosin for best results?
Take Alfuzosin prolonged-release tablet once daily after meals. Avoid taking this drug on an empty stomach. Moreover, try to take medications every day after the same meal. It's better to follow the concerned doctor or label instructions for the best effects.
9. Can one consume alcohol with Alfuzosin?
It is advised that one should not take alcohol while on this medication. It is because it may enhance its side effects such as fainting, dizziness and headache.
10. Can you take Alfuzosin and tamsulosin simultaneously?
It is not recommended to use these two drugs together. It is because it may cause sudden and excessive dropping of blood pressure. Also, it can increase the heart rate abnormally, especially when you get up from a sitting or lying posture.
11. Is Alfuzosin a drug of anticholinergic class?
No, it's not an anticholinergic. However, this drug is adrenergic and causes urethra relaxation to aid urination & bladder emptying. Any anticholinergic drug cannot cause urethral relaxation.
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