In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02245565 ||XATRAL 10MG TABLET (PROLONGED RELEASE)|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Alfuzosin belongs to a group of medications known as alpha-1 receptor antagonists. It is used to treat the symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Alfuzosin helps to relax the muscles in the prostate and the opening of the bladder, which in turn improves urine flow and decreases symptoms of BPH. Alfuzosin does not slow or stop the progression of enlarged prostate.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended dose is one 10 mg tablet daily, after a meal. The tablet should be swallowed whole, not chewed or crushed. It should be taken after the same meal each day.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication out of reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each once-daily, prolonged-release, three-layer, round, and biconvex tablet, contains alfuzosin HCl 10 mg in a white matrix layer between two inactive yellow layers. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal hydrated silica, ethylcellulose, hydrogenated castor oil, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (hypromellose), magnesium stearate, mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, and yellow ferric oxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Alfuzosin should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to alfuzosin or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- has moderate to severe impairment of liver function
- takes itraconazole, ketoconazole, or ritonavir
- takes other alpha-1-blockers for blood pressure or prostate problems