XATRAL 2.5MG TABLETS

Active substance: ALFUZOSIN HYDROCHLORIDE

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XATRAL® 2.5mg TABLETS
(alfuzosin hydrochloride)
Patient Information Leaflet

This medicine is known by the above name but will be referred to as Xatral in this leaflet.

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Check with your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
• Medicines for chest pain (angina)
• Medicines for fungal infections (such as ketoconazole or itraconazole) and HIV (such as ritonavir).

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Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking your medicine if:
• In the past, you have had a large fall in blood pressure while taking an alpha-blocker (this could
include previous use of alfuzosin. See paragraph immediately above for examples of other alphablockers).
• You are taking a medicine for high blood pressure, as you may get dizzy, weak or start sweating
within a few hours of taking this medicine. If this happens, lie down until the symptoms have
completely gone. Tell your doctor as he or she may decide to change the dose of your medicine.

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Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
This is because Xatral can affect the way some other medicines work. Some medicines can also have an
effect on the way that Xatral works.
Do not take Xatral if you are taking:
• Other alpha-blockers such as doxazosin, indoramin, prazosin, terazosin, tamsulosin, or
phenoxybenzamine.

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Take special care with Xatral
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking your medicine if:
• You have chest pain (angina).
• You have a long-term infection in your urinary tract (including your kidney, bladder and urethra),
had difficulty when passing water or had small crystals (stones) forming in the water.
• If you are going to have an operation on the eye called 'Cataract (cloudiness of the eye'), tell your
eye specialist you are using or have used Xatral in the past.
This is because Xatral may cause complications during your operation. This can be managed if
your eye specialist knows before carrying out the operation.
• You have circulatory problems affecting the brain as there is a risk of impaired brain function due to
low blood flow.
• You have heart problems, or if your heart suddenly stopped pumping efficiently (acute cardiac
failure)
• You have hereditary problems with the way your heart beats (congenital QTc prolongation)

Operations and tests while taking Xatral
• If you are being treated for high blood pressure, your doctor should measure your blood pressure
regularly, especially at the start of treatment.
• If you are going to have an operation that needs a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor you are
taking Xatral before the operation. Your doctor may decide to stop you having Xatral 24 hours
before the operation.
This is because it can be dangerous as it can lower your blood pressure.
Taking Xatral with food and drink
• You may feel dizzy and weak while taking Xatral. If this happens do not drink any alcohol.
Driving and using machines
You may feel dizzy and weak while taking Xatral. If this happens do not drive or operate any tools or
machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Xatral
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars contact your doctor before
taking this medicinal product
3. How to take Xatral
Always take Xatral exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if
you are not sure.
• Swallow your tablets whole with plenty of water.
• Do not break, crush or chew your tablets. This can affect the release of your medicine into the body.
• Take this medicine after a meal.
The usual dose is one Xatral tablet three times a day.
If you are over 65 or are being treated for high blood pressure
• You should start on one Xatral tablet in the morning and one tablet in the evening.
If you have kidney problems
• You should start on one Xatral tablet twice a day. This may be changed depending upon how you
respond.
If you have liver problems
• You should start on one Xatral tablet a day. This may be changed to two tablets a day, depending
upon how you respond.

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1. What Xatral is and what it is used for
The name of your tablets is Xatral. This belongs to a group of medicines called alpha-blockers.
Xatral can be used to treat the symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy. This is when the prostate
gland enlarges (hyperplasia), but the growth is not cancerous (it is benign). It can cause problems in passing
water (urine). This happens mainly in older men.
• The prostate gland lies underneath the bladder. It surrounds the urethra. This is the tube that takes
your water to the outside of the body.
• If the prostate gets bigger, it presses on the urethra making it smaller. This makes it difficult to pass
water.
• Your tablets work by relaxing the prostate gland muscle. This allows the urethra to get bigger and
so makes it easier to pass water.
2. Before you take Xatral
Do not take Xatral if:
• You are allergic (hypersensitive) to alfuzosin or any of the other ingredients of Xatral (see Section
6). Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your
lips, throat, or tongue.
• You are taking another alpha-blocker See section below on ‘Taking other medicines’.
• You have something called orthostatic hypotension. This is a drop in blood pressure which usually
happens when you stand up. It can make you feel dizzy, light-headed or faint when you stand or sit
up quickly.
• You have serious liver problems.
If you are not sure if any of these apply to you, do not take and talk to your doctor

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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Xatral is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Xatral
3. How to take Xatral
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Xatral
6. Further information

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If you take more Xatral than you should
Contact your local hospital Accident and Emergency department straight away. Tell the doctor how many
tablets you have taken.
Lie down as much as possible to help stop the side effects. Do not try to drive to the hospital yourself.
If you forget to take Xatral
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet. Miss it out and then go on as before.
If you stop taking Xatral
Keep taking your tablets, even if your symptoms improve. Only stop if your doctor tells you to. The symptoms
are better controlled if you continue taking the same dose of this medicine.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Allergic reactions
You could notice symptoms of angioedema, such as a red and lumpy skin rash, swelling (on the eyelids,
face, lips, mouth and tongue), difficulty in breathing or swallowing.
These are symptoms of an allergic reaction. If this happens, stop taking your tablets and contact a
doctor or go to a hospital immediately. This happens in less than 1 in 10,000 people.
Other side effects include:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
• Feeling dizzy or faint.
• Headache.
• Feeling sick (nausea).
• Stomach pain.
• Weakness or tiredness.
• General feeling of being unwell.
• Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or faint when you stand or sit up quickly (postural hypotension).
• Diarrhoea.
• Dry mouth.

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Other side effects (frequently not known) which may occur are:
• A painful erection of the penis, unrelated to sexual activity, that will not go away.
• Liver problems. Signs may include yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
• Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome (IFIS). If you are having an operation on your eyes because of
cataracts (where the lens of the eye is cloudy) and are already taking or have taken Xatral in the
past, the pupil may dilate poorly and the Iris (the coloured part of the eye) may become floppy
during the procedure. This only happens during the operation and it is important for the eye
specialist to be aware of this as the operation may need to be carried out differently (see section
'Take special care with Xatral').
• You may get more infections than usual. This could be caused by a decrease in the number of
white blood cells (neutropenia).
• Being sick (vomiting).
• Abnormal heart rhythm.
• Impaired brain function due to low blood flow in patients with existing circulatory problems affecting
the brain.
• Increased risk of bleeding (including nose bleeds and/or bleeding gums) and bruising. This could be
a blood problem called 'thrombocytopenia' which is a reduced number of platelets in the blood.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
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Very rare side effects (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
• Itchy, lumpy rash also called hives or nettle rash (urticaria).








5. How to store Xatral
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 30°C. Store in a dry place.
Do not use Xatral after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking the tablets, please take them back to the pharmacist for safe
disposal. Only keep the tablets if your doctor tells you to.
If the tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration, you should seek the
advice of your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.

6. Further information
What Xatral contains
• The active substance is 2.5 mg alfuzosin hydrochloride.
• The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, povidone, sodium starch
glycollate, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, macrogol 400, titanium dioxide (E171).
What Xatral looks like and contents of the pack
Xatral is a white round film-coated tablet marked ‘ALZ’ on one side and ‘2.5’ on the reverse. Your tablets are
available in blister packs of 60 tablets.

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This product is manufactured by Sanofi Winthrop Industrie, Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 30-36 - 37001 Tours,
France and is procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder:
Waymade Plc, Miles Gray Road, Basildon, Essex. SS14 3FR
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Xatral is a registered trademark of SANOFI-SYNTHELABO

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Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
• Fast heart beat (tachycardia) and palpitations (pounding in the chest and uneven heartbeat).
• Chest pain.
• Drowsiness.
• Rash and itching.
• Flushes.
• Water retention (may cause swollen arms or legs).
• Lack of control over passing water.
• Runny nose, itching, sneezing, and stuffy nose.
• Visual disturbances (changes in your vision or sight).
• Fainting

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Chest pain (angina)
Normally, this only happens if you have had angina before. If you get chest pain stop taking your tablets
and contact a doctor or go to a hospital immediately.
This happens in less than 1 in 10,000 people.

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4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Xatral can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
These side effects are most likely to happen at the start of treatment.

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