A prescription medication called Uroxatral is one of several options used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate. As with any prescription drug, there are several benefits and risks.
According to Physicians’ Desk Reference, Uroxetral
is an extended-release medication that works to relax the muscles in the bladder and prostate. Some common symptoms of enlarged prostate include trouble urinating, a weak urine stream, and frequent urination, and Uroxetral can help help urine flow more easily and comfortably.
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Uroxetral is the brand name of the generic drug called alfuzosin and belongs to a class of drugs called alpha-blockers. It can help improve the flow of urine and improve symptoms within just 2 to 3 weeks if taken exactly as prescribed by your physician, according to MedicineNet
. Uroxetral can cause dizziness, tiredness, and headaches, but these side effects occur in fewer than one in every 15 patients, the site says.
Because Uroxetral can cause some dizziness, patients should be cautious when driving, doing other activities that require alertness, or standing for long periods of time, says Everyday Health
. Overheating during strenuous exercise on hot days and getting up too quickly from a sitting or lying down position should be avoided. It is also noted that drinking alcohol can make dizziness worse while taking this medication.
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RxList cautions you to stop taking Uroxetral
immediately and call your doctor if you notice serious side effects like new or worsening chest pain, jaundice or yellowing of eyes and skin, nausea or feeling like you might pass out, or a painful and sustained erection that lasts for more than 4 hours.
Before taking Uroxetrol, Physicians’ Desk Reference recommends that you tell your physician about other drugs you are taking, especially those used to treat high blood pressure, chest pain, or erectile dysfunction. These drugs may not be as effective or may cause other side effects when they interact.
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