How Does It Work?Uroxatral is part of a class of drugs known as alpha blockers. In particular, it works by blocking alpha-1 receptors. Alpha-1 receptors are found in several parts of the body, including the prostate gland.
When used for the treatment of BPH, alpha-1 blockers help to relax the muscles of the prostate and the bladder neck (where urine leaves the bladder). Uroxatral does not shrink the prostate, as some other BPH medications do. However, by relaxing the muscles of the prostate and bladder, Uroxatral helps to quickly relieve BPH symptoms. While this medication can help with symptoms, it is not a cure for BPH.
Use in Children or TeensUroxatral is not approved for use in children or teens (this makes sense, as BPH is a condition that occurs in older men).
Off-Label Uroxatral UsesOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Uroxatral for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. Sometimes, Uroxatral is used off-label for the following purposes:
- Improving sexual function in men with BPH
- Treating premature ejaculation
- Treating urinary retention (difficulty emptying the bladder) in women
- Treating urinary problems associated with multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Helping the passage of ureter stones (also known as bladder stones), which are kidney stones that have passed into the ureter (one of the tubes from the kidneys to the bladder).