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The name of your tablets is Xatral XL.
This belongs to a group of medicines called

What Xatral XL is and
what it is used for

In this leaflet:
1. What Xatral XL is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Xatral XL
3. How to take Xatral XL
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Xatral XL
6. Further information

Read all of this leaflet carefully before
you start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
• 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.

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alfuzosin hydrochloride

Xatral XL 10 mg
prolonged release tablets



Do not take Xatral XL if:
× You are allergic (hypersensitive) to
alfuzosin or any of the other ingredients
of Xatral XL (see section 6). Signs of an
allergic reaction include: a rash,

Before you take Xatral XL

Xatral XL can be used to treat the symptoms
of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. 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.
In a few patients with benign prostatic
hyperplasia, the prostate gland gets so big
that it stops the flow of urine completely.
This is called Acute Urinary Retention.
• This is very painful and you may need a
short stay in hospital.
• A thin, flexible tube (catheter) is passed
into the bladder. This drains the water
and relieves the pain.
• During this time, Xatral XL may be used to
help the water to flow again. This has only
been shown to help in men aged over 65.
Take special care with Xatral XL
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before
taking your medicine if:
You have chest pain (angina).
You have a condition where your kidneys
are hardly working at all.
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
You are over 65. This is due to the
increased sensitivity to develop
hypotension and related adverse reactions
in elderly patients.
You ever get painful erections of the penis,
unrelated to sexual activity that will not go
away, before or during treatment.

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 liver problems.
If you are not sure if any of these apply to
you do not take and talk to your doctor.

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 XL can affect the way
some other medicines work. Some medicines
can also have an effect on the way that
Xatral XL works.
Do not take Xatral XL if you are taking:
• Other alpha-blockers such as doxazosin,
indoramin, prazosin, terazosin,
tamsulosin, or phenoxybenzamine.
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 alphablocker (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.
Check with your doctor if you are taking any
of the following:
• Medicines for high blood pressure
• Medicines for chest pain (angina)
• Medicines for fungal infections (such as
ketoconazole or itraconazole) and HIV
(such as ritonavir).

Important information about some of the
ingredients of Xatral XL
Xatral XL contain hydrogenated castor oil.
This can cause stomach upset and diarrhoea.

You may feel dizzy and weak while taking
Xatral XL. If this happens do not drive or
operate any tools or machines.

Taking Xatral XL with food and drink
• Take Xatral XL after a meal.
• You may feel dizzy and weak while taking
Xatral XL. If this happens do not drink any

Operations and tests while taking Xatral XL
• If you are going to have an operation on the
eye because of cataract (cloudiness of the
eye), tell your eye specialist you are using or
have used Xatral XL in the past. This is
because Xatral XL may cause complications
during your operation. This can be
managed if your eye specialist knows
before carrying out the operation.
• 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 XL before the
operation. Your doctor may decide to stop
you having Xatral XL 24 hours before the
operation. This is because it can be
dangerous as it can lower your blood

If you forget to take Xatral XL
Do not take a double dose to make up for a
forgotten tablet. Miss it out and go on as

If you take more Xatral XL 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.

Acute Urinary Retention
• Xatral XL will be given to you by your
doctor on the day you have the catheter
• You should continue taking Xatral XL once
a day.
• You should stop taking Xatral XL the day
after the catheter is removed (3-4 days in

Benign Prosthatic Hyperplasia
The usual dose is one Xatral XL tablet once a

Always take Xatral XL 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
• 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.

How to take Xatral XL

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.

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.

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

Possible side effects

If you stop taking Xatral XL
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.


Very rare side effects (affects less than 1
in 10,000 people)
• Itchy, lumpy rash also called hives or
nettle rash (urticaria).

Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100
• Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or faint when
you stand or sit up quickly (postural
• Fast Heart beat (tachycardia) and
palpitations (pounding in the chest and
uneven heartbeat).
• Chest Pain.
• Drowsiness.
• Diarrhoea.
• Dry mouth.
• Rash and itching.
• Flushes.
• Water retention (may cause swollen arms
or legs).
• Runny nose, itching, sneezing, and stuffy
• General feeling of being unwell.
• Problems with your vision.

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.

Painful erection of the penis (priapism)
If you get painful erections of the penis,
unrelated to sexual activity, that will not go
away stop taking your tablets and contact
a doctor or go to a hospital immediately.
Frequency not known.

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:
By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of
this medicine.

Other side effects (frequency not known)
which may occur are:
• Liver problems. Signs may include
yellowing of your skin or the whites of
your eyes.
• 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 XL 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 XL').
• You may get more infections than usual.
This could be caused by a decrease in the
number of white blood cells (neutropenia).
• Being sick.
• 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.


What Xatral XL looks like and contents of
the pack
Round biconvex, three layer tablets: one
white layer between two yellow layers. Your
prolonged release tablets are available in
packs of 10, 30, 50, 100 and 500 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

What Xatral XL contains
• The active substance is 10mg alfuzosin
• The other ingredients are ethyl cellulose,
hydrogenated castor oil, hypromellose,
yellow ferric oxide (E172), magnesium
stearate, microcrystalline cellulose,
povidone, colloidal hydrated silica and

Further information

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.

This medicinal product does not require any
special storage conditions.

Do not use Xatral XL after the expiry date
which is stated on the carton. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month.

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.

How to store Xatral XL

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This leaflet was last revised in May 2017

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have any questions or are not sure about
anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.


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