alfuzosin, Uroxatral

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Alfuzosin may worsen chest pain. Rarely, priapism (persistent painful penile erection) may occur. Liver injury and floppy eye syndrome have also been reported.

GENERIC: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Extended release table:, 10 mg.

STORAGE: Alfuzosin should be stored at room temperature, from 15 C to 30 C (59 F - 86 F).

DOSING: Alfuzosin is taken once daily, immediately after the same meal each day. Tablets should not be chewed or crushed.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Alfuzosin should not be combined with ketoconazole (Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric), itraconazole (Sporanox), or ritonavir (Norvir), because they increase alfuzosin blood levels by preventing the breakdown of alfuzosin by the liver. Combining alfuzosin with blood pressure reducing medications may increase the risk of hypotension (low blood pressure). PDE-5 inhibitors used primarily for erectile dysfunction (for example, vardenafil [Levitra, Staxyn], tadalafil [Cialis, Adcirca], and sildenafil [Viagra, Revatio]) add to the blood pressure lowering effects of alfuzosin and may result in orthostatic or postural hypotension. (See Side Effects.)

PREGNANCY: Alfuzosin is not used by women; however, studies in animals have shown no evidence of fetal toxicity, even with exceedingly high doses of alfuzosin.

NURSING MOTHERS: Alfuzosin is not prescribed for women.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/25/2015
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