You can now buy Uroxatral (alfuzosin hydrochloride) in brand-name and generic form. The generic version is sold in the form of 10-mg tablets, just like the brand-name drug. Although it is considered equivalent to brand-name Uroxatral, the generic form of this medication is allowed to contain different inactive ingredients, such as fillers or dyes.
Can I Buy Generic Uroxatral?Uroxatral® (alfuzosin hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that belongs to a group of medications known as alpha-1 blockers. It is approved for treating the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH).
Brand-name Uroxatral is manufactured by sanofi-aventis. However, the patent for Uroxatral has expired, and the drug is now available in generic form.
Availability of Generic Uroxatral
Generic Uroxatral (like brand-name Uroxatral) is available in one strength -- Alfuzosin 10 mg tablets. At this time, it is made by various manufacturers, such as:
- Apotex Corp.
- Camber Pharmaceuticals
- Sun Pharmaceutical Ind., Ltd., for Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd.
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Is Generic Alfuzosin as Good as Brand-Name Uroxatral?
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. The generic alfuzosin tablets have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Uroxatral.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.