Brand Names : Uroxatral;, Xatral
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine,
the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will
do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For alfuzosin, the following
should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual
or allergic reaction to alfuzosin. Also tell your doctor and pharmacist if
you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking
alfuzosin, it is especially important that your doctor and pharmacist know
if you are taking any of the following:
Alpha blockers (medicine for high blood pressure) - This medicine
should not be used at the same time as alfuzosin.
Atenolol (e.g., Tenormin) - Using this medicine at the same
time as alfuzosin can cause very low blood pressure and a slower heart beat.
Cimetidine (e.g., Tagamet) - Using this medicine at the same
time as alfuzosin can cause there to be more alfuzosin in your body.
Diltiazem (e.g., Cardizem) - Using this medicine at the same
time as alfuzosin can cause very low blood pressure.
Itraconazole (e.g., Sporanox) or
Ketoconazole (e.g., Nizoral) or
Ritonavir (e.g., Norvir) - These medicines may cause there
to be more alfuzosin in your body and they should not be used at the same
time as alfuzosin.
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical
problems may affect the use of alfuzosin. Make sure you tell your doctor if
you have any other medical problems, especially:
Prostatic carcinoma (cancer of the prostate) - This medical
condition may have the same symptoms as your medical condition. Your doctor
will want to know because different treatment is need for prostatic carcinoma.
Liver disease, moderate or severe - Patients with this condition
should not use alfuzosin.