Alfuzosin is a prescription drug used to treat an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). It is a type of alpha blocker that works by relaxing the muscles of the prostate and bladder. Although most people tolerate alfuzosin well, it is not suitable for everyone. There are some potential side effects, such as dizziness, headaches, and fatigue. The drug comes in tablet form and is taken once a day after a meal.
What Is Alfuzosin?Alfuzosin hydrochloride (Uroxatral®) is a prescription medication approved to treat the signs and symptoms of an enlarged prostate (known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH).
(Click What Is Alfuzosin Used For? for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
Side Effects of AlfuzosinAs with any medicine, alfuzosin may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects of alfuzosin include, but are not limited to:
- Upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold)
- Impotence (see Uroxatral and Impotence).
(Click Side Effects of Alfuzosin to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)