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Tamsulosin Hcl Kidney Stones

Tamsulosin Hcl Kidney Stones

What Is Tamsulosin (Flomax)?

Tamsulosin is the generic form of the brand-name drug Flomax.

It's used to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).

Tamsulosin belongs to a group of drugs known as alpha-1 receptor blockers.

Drugs in this class work by blocking special receptors found on smooth muscle cells in the prostate known as alpha-1 receptors.

They are designed to improve urine flow. Although commonly thought of as a medication used to treat enlarged prostate, tamsulosin can also be prescribed for women who have problems with bladder blockages or obstruction to help them urinate more easily.

Kidney Stones

First lets define what a kidney stone is. It is a solid piece of material that forms in your kidney and leaves with urine through the urinary tract. Most stones are so small that they pass without anyone ever noticing them. Now if a stone gets big enough, say about 5 mm (0.2 inches), it will block the ureter which are tubes made of smooth muscle fibers that moves urine to the urinary bladder from the kidneys.  Once you get this blockage, that is when you get severe pain in the lower back or abdomen. A stone can also cause blood in the urine (no, your pee won’t turn red), vomiting or a lot of pain while urinating.

Stones form in the kidneys when certain minerals are at a high concentration. These mineral include calcium, uric acid, struvite (magnesium ammonium phoshate) and cysteine (common in foods such as meat, eggs, dairy, and whole grains). Eating healthy is nice but they can also be formed due to a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Here are some things you have to consider if you think you are at risk. If you have high calcium in your urine, are obese or take too many calcium supplements, you are going to get them. If you have gout like me or get dehydrated, stones will form.

Tamsulosin Dosage

For enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH): Tamsulosin is usually taken once a day in a dose of 0.4 milligrams (mg), 30 minutes after eating.

For best results, try to take tamsulosin at the same time each day.

After your doctor evaluates your condition, he or she may increase the dose of your tamsulosin up to 0.8 mg per day.

For kidney stones: A doctor will typically prescribe 0.4 mg of tamsulosin to be taken once a day.

Once you've passed the kidney stones, you doctor may tell you to continue taking the tamsulosin for another week or two.

Bladder obstruction: Women who take tamsulosin to help relieve symptoms of bladder obstruction are normally prescribed doses of 0.4 mg daily.

Pregnancy and Tamsulosin

Tamsulosin is generally considered safe to take during pregnancy.

Regardless, you should tell your doctor if you're pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking this medication.

You should also alert your physician if you're breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

It's not recommended that breastfeeding mothers take this medication.

Tamsulosin and Alcohol

Since tamsulosin can cause dizziness and fainting, it's best to avoid drinking alcohol if you're taking tamsulosin.

Tamsulosin and Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit may interact with this drug, so it's a good idea to avoid drinking grapefruit while taking this drug.

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