What is Tamsulosin? What is it used for?
Tamsulosin is a generic medicine used to manage symptoms allied with an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia-BPH) in men. It is useful in relieving the symptoms associated with BPH such as difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, weak stream, and the need to urinate often or urgently. Tamsulosin is alpha blockers and works by works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and the bladder.
Contraindications of Tamsulosin:
- Tamsulosin is contraindicated in patients known to be hypersensitive to Tamsulosin or its other component.
- Patients with liver or kidney disease should avoid using this medicine.
- Patients with a history of prostate cancer don't use this medicine.
Drug interactions of Tamsulosin:
There are some medicines show drug interactions with Tamsulosin such as Prazosin, Terazosin, Itraconazole, Ketoconazole, Boceprevir, Clarithromycin, Lopinavir, Ritonavir, Cobicistat, Sildenafil, and Tadalafil.
How to consume Tamsulosin?
Tamsulosin capsule should be taken orally with an enormous amount of water. A patient has to use 0.4 mg of Tamsulosin orally once a day. The maximum dose a patient can consume in a day is 0.8 mg. If a patient stopped using this medicine for several days at either the 0.4 mg or 0.8 mg dose, treatment should be initiated again with the 0.4 mg once a day dose.
What are the undesired effects of Tamsulosin?
A man can experience some undesired effects while using Tamsulosin such as lightheadedness, sleepiness, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, rhinitis, back pain, and painful or difficult urination.
- The use of Tamsulosin may cause dizziness or fainting, so don't drive a vehicle or operate any heavy machinery while using this medicine.
- You should limit the consumption of alcoholic beverages while using this medicine.
- Before having surgery such as cataract or glaucoma eye surgery, tell your doctor that you are taking Tamsulosin.