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Tamsulosin Prostate

Tamsulosin Prostate

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.

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 effects

The more 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.

How to take tamsulosin

This dosage information is for tamsulosin oral capsule. All possible dosages and forms may not be included here. Your doctor will tell you what dosage is right for you. Your dosage, form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • the severity of your condition
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

Do I Need to Follow Special Precautions?

Before taking Tamsulosin, patients should be examined for carcinoma of the prostate because benign enlargement of the prostate may cause a number of the same symptoms; cancer should be ruled out before taking this medication.

Inform your physician if you’ve ever had prostate cancer or liver or kidney disease before taking this medication.

Tamsulosin should not be taken simultaneously with other alpha blockers, as they may interact with each other.

There has been evidence of a drug interaction with Tamsulosin and Tagamet (cimetidine), especially at doses higher than 0.4 mg. Discuss with your doctor if you are taking Tagament before starting Tamsulosin.

Use caution when combining the use of Coumadin (warfarin) and Tamsulosin.

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