Flomax (generic name Tamsulosin) is classified as an alpha-blocker and is used for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). This medication works by relaxing the muscles in the bladder and prostate to help improve urination and reduce the symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Individuals should not use this medication if they are presently taking another alpha-blocker or are allergic to any Flomax ingredients. Those who are taking any form of medication, including herbal or dietary supplements, have had an allergic reaction to any form of sulfonamide medication, certain diuretics or other medications as well as have a history of kidney or liver disorders, low or high blood pressure, prostate cancer or are planning to have eye surgery should advise their doctors before taking Flomax.
Certain medication may interact with Flomax. Advise the health care provider if any of the following medications are being used: Alpha-blockers, Azole Antifungals, Serotonin Specific Reuptake Inhibitors or Warfarin. Always discuss with the health care provider any medications that are being used when starting a new medication as this is not a complete list and certain other drugs may also cause an interaction with Flomax.
Common side effects of this medication include insomnia, back pain, sinus inflammation, drowsiness, diarrhea, cough, dizziness, blurred vision, decreased sexual ability, lightheadedness, weakness and stuffy or runny nose. If these symptoms persist or worsen, a physician should be notified. Serious side effects that require immediate medical attention include fainting, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, chills and fever, allergic reaction, persistent sore throat and painful or prolonged erection. Individuals should always advise their health care provider if any new health condition arises after beginning a new medication.
When taking the first dose of this medication, individuals should refrain from driving for at least 12 hours until they are sure of how they react to the medication. Because this drug may cause dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness or blurred vision, these effects can worsen with alcohol use or from other specific medications. Regular check-ups are required by a doctor when on this medication. Although it is rare, Flomax can cause painful or prolonged erections. Seek medical attention immediately if this should occur.
This medication should be taken as prescribed by the physician. Flomax comes in oral form, which is taken by mouth 30 minutes following a meal, at the same time each day. If a dosage is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible unless the next dosage is due. Then the missed dosage should be skipped.
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