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Tamsulosin Er Capsule

Tamsulosin Er Capsule

What is tamsulosin (Flomax)?

Tamsulosin is an alpha-blocker that relaxes the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, making it easier to urinate.

Tamsulosin is used to improve urination in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).

Tamsulosin is not approved for use in women or children.

Why it’s used

Tamsulosin is used to treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a condition that can occur in men. With BPH, the prostate is enlarged but isn’t cancerous.

Symptoms of BPH include trouble urinating, and a frequent or urgent need to urinate that often occurs at night.

How it works

Tamsulosin belongs to a class of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Tamsulosin works by relaxing the muscles in your bladder and prostate. This helps improve the flow of your urine.

Side Effect

common side effects that can occur with tamsulosin include:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • runny nose
  • diarrhea
  • cough
  • decreased semen
  • loss of energy or muscle strength
  • sore throat or trouble swallowing
  • back or chest pain
  • tiredness
  • nausea

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.

Acid-blocking drug

Taking cimetidine with tamsulosin can increase the levels of tamsulosin in your body. This raises your risk of side effects from tamsulosin. These drugs should be used together cautiously.

Antibiotic

Taking erythromycin with tamsulosin could increase the levels of tamsulosin in your body. This can raise your risk of side effects from tamsulosin. These drugs should be used together cautiously.

Antidepressant (SSRI)

Taking paroxetine with tamsulosin can increase the levels of tamsulosin in your body. This raises your risk of side effects from tamsulosin. These drugs should be used together cautiously.

What should I avoid while taking tamsulosin (Flomax)?

Tamsulosin may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.

Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.

To prevent dizziness, avoid standing for long periods of time or becoming overheated during exercise and in hot weather.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of tamsulosin.

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