- alfuzosin hydrochloride
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Besavar XL 10mg Tablets
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
BESAVAR XL 10MG TABLETS
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Besavar XL is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Besavar XL
3. How to take Besavar XL
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Besavar XL
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT BESAVAR XL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Besavar XL 10mg tablets (called Besavar XL throughout this leaflet).
Besavar XL contains a medicine called alfuzosin hydrochloride. This belongs to a group of medicines called alpha-blockers.
Besavar XL 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.
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.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE BESAVAR XL
Do not take Besavar XL and tell your doctor if you:
Take special care and check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Besavar XL if:
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Besavar XL.
Other medicines and Besavar XL
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines you buy without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because Besavar XL and some other medicines can affect the way each other work.
Do not take this medicine, and tell your doctor, if you are taking:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
Or if you are taking:
Operations and tests while taking Besavar XL
This is because it can be dangerous as it can lower your blood pressure.
Besavar XL with food and drink
Driving and using machines
You may feel dizzy and weak while taking Besavar XL. If this happens do not drive or operate any tools or machines.
Besavar XL contains hydrogenated castor oil.
This can cause stomach upset and diarrhoea.
3. HOW TO TAKE BESAVAR XL
Always take Besavar XL exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Taking this medicine
How much to take
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Acute Urinary Retention
If you take more Besavar XL than you should
Contact your local hospital Accident and Emergency department straight away. Tell the doctor or nurse 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 Besavar XL
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 Besavar 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.
If you have any further questions about this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Besavar XL can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking Besavar XL and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects get serious or lasts longer than a few days. Also tell them if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet
Common side effects (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon side effects (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
Additional side effects (frequency not known) which may occur are:
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. 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 or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE BESAVAR XL
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Besavar XL 10mg tablets contain
Each tablet contains 10mg of alfuzosin hydrochloride as the active substance.
The other ingredients are ethyl cellulose, hydrogenated castor oil, hypromellose, yellow ferric oxide (E172), magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, colloidal hydrated silica and mannitol.
What Besavar XL looks like and contents of the pack
Besavar XL 10mg tablets are round, biconvex, three layer tablets: one white layer between two yellow layers. They are supplied in blister packs of 30 tablets.
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This leaflet was last revised in: December 2019
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