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Tamsulosin

tamsulosin

What is tamsulosin?

Tamsulosin is a prescription drug. It comes as a capsule you take by mouth.

Tamsulosin oral capsule is available as the brand-name drug Flomax. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug.

This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. That means you may need to take it with other drugs.

Uses

Tamsulosin is used by men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia-BPH). It does not shrink the prostate, but it works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and the bladder. This helps to relieve symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, weak stream, and the need to urinate often or urgently (including during the middle of the night).

Tamsulosin belongs to a class of drugs known as alpha blockers.

Do not use this medication to treat high blood pressure.

WHAT IS TAMSULOSIN AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

Tamsulosin is used by men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia-BPH). It does not shrink the prostate, but it works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and the bladder. This helps to relieve symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, weak stream, and the need to urinate often or urgently (including during the middle of the night).

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH USING TAMSULOSIN?

Common Side effects of Tamsulosin include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness upon standing
  • Runny and stuffy nose
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Dizziness
  • Joint pain
  • Infection
  • Weakness and lack of energy
  • Back pain
  • Skin rash
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Sinus infection (sinusitis)
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Bitter taste
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Insomnia

 Tamsulosin may interact with other medications

Tamsulosin oral capsule can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.

To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Examples of drugs that can cause interactions with tamsulosin are listed below.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs

Taking ED drugs with tamsulosin can cause very low blood pressure. Examples of these drugs include:

  • sildenafil
  • tadalafil
  • vardenafil
  • Other benign prostatic hyperplasia drug
  • Taking alfuzosin with tamsulosin could worsen low blood pressure, a side effect of tamsulosin. Symptoms can include dizziness, fainting, and falls.

Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe dizziness, fainting.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip themissed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised June 2018. Copyright(c) 2018 First Databank, Inc.

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