What do tamsulosin capsules do?
TAMSULOSIN (Flomax(R)) is used to treat enlargement of the prostate gland in men (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). It is not for use in women. Tamsulosin works by relaxing muscles in the prostate and bladder neck at the site of the obstruction. This improves urine flow and reduces BPH symptoms.
What should my health care professional know before I take tamsulosin?
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
• kidney disease
• liver disease
• low blood pressure
• prostate cancer
• an unusual or allergic reaction to tamsulosin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
How should I take this medicine?
Always take tamsulosin capsules by mouth after a meal, about 30 minutes after the same meal every day. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the capsules whole with a drink of water; do not crush, chew, or open capsules. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. If you stop taking tamsulosin for several days or more, restart treatment at one capsule a day, after consulting with your prescriber or health care professional.
What other medicines can interact with tamsulosin?
• medicines for high blood pressure
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your prescriber or health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking tamsulosin?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
• difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
• persistent painful penile erection unrelated to sexual activity (priapism)
• fainting spells
• visual problems
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• back pain
• sexual problems (ejaculation problems or decreased sex drive)
• runny or stuffy nose