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Tamsulosin Nursing Implications

Tamsulosin Nursing Implications

Tamsulosin Teaching

SN instructed patient regarding new medication Tamsulosin. This medication is used to relieve the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia ( BPH ) such as difficult urination and inability to empty your bladder completely, common symptoms of enlarged prostate. Tamsulosin works by relaxing bladder neck muscles and muscle fibers in the prostate itself and make it easier to urinate. Common side effects include dizziness, nasal congestion, rhinitis, rhinorrhea, sinus congestion and seasonal allergic rhinitis, drowsiness. Take this medication at bedtime to avoid becoming sleepy during the day. This medication may also cause you to become dizzy when standing up from a sitting or lying position, so rise slowly. Call 911 or get immediate emergency help if you have any signs of allergic reaction such as blistering rash, swelling of face; tongue, throat, or difficulty breathing. Patient verbalized understanding of all teaching.

Tamsulosin Teaching

SN instructed patient / caregiver that Tamsulosin is used in the treatment of difficult urination, a common symptom of enlarged prostate ( BPH ). Tamsulosin works by relaxing bladder neck muscles and muscle fibers in the prostate itself and make it easier to urinate. Possible side effect may include, Higher risk of allergic reaction in those with sulfa allergies. Patients taking tamsulosin are prone to a complication known as floppy iris syndrome during cataract surgery. Severe hypotension. It also affect sexual function in men. It can cause males to experience retrograde ejaculation.

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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.


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.

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