Flomax, Tamsulosin (generic): Frequently Asked Questions
What is the recommended dose for FLOMAX?
FLOMAX capsules 0.4 mg once daily is recommended as the dose for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of BPH. It should be administered approximately one-half hour following the same meal each day. For those patients who fail to respond to the 0.4 mg dose after two to four weeks of dosing, the dose of FLOMAX capsules can be increased to 0.8 mg once daily.
What is FLOMAX indicated for?
FLOMAX is indicated to treat the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). FLOMAX is not indicated for the treatment of hypertension.
How should FLOMAX be stored?
FLOMAX should be stored at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15°-30°C (59°-86°F).
What are the contraindications for FLOMAX?
FLOMAX capsules are contraindicated in patients known to be hypersensitive to tamsulosin HCl or any component of FLOMAX capsules.
Does Flomax Cause Eye Problems?
The alpha blockers, including Flomax, do not affect vision or eye health. However, an eye problem called the floppy iris syndrome can occur in men who are taking or who have recently taken Flomax when they are having cataract surgery. Your eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) can make modifications in your cataract surgery, if needed. 5-alpha Reductase Inhibitors
What drug(s) may interact with tamsulosin?
Do not take tamsulosin if you are taking the following medications: • other alpha-blockers such as alfuzosin, doxazosin, phentolamine, phenoxybenzamine, prazosin, terazosin Tamsulosin may also interact with the following medications: • cimetidine • medicines for high blood pressure • sildenafil (doses of sildenafil higher than 25 mg should be taken at least 4 hours apart from taking tamsulosin) • tadalafil • vardenafil • warfarin Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, ... ...
When is the best time to take FLOMAX?
In the evening. If you are taking 2 pills per day. Take one first thing in the morning and the other 12 hours later.
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: Rare or uncommon: • difficulty breathing, shortness of breath • prolonged painful erection of the penis (priapism) More common: • fainting spells • visual problems • weakness 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 • diarrhea • dizziness • drowsiness • sexual problems (ejaculation problems or decr... ...
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible: Rare: • difficulty breathing, shortness of breath • persistent painful penile erection unrelated to sexual activity (priapism) More common: • fainting spells • visual problems • weakness 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 • diarrhea • dizziness • drowsiness • sexual problems (ejaculation prob... ...
Is FLOMAX reimbursed by managed care organizations?
FLOMAX is reimbursed by 98% of managed care organizations. 1 Learn More
Which of the following statements is true regarding tamsulosin?
It is considered a second-generation α 1 -receptor inhibitor. It should be dosed at bedtime to avoid orthostatic changes. It should be dosed initially at the lowest dose and doubled each week until maximum effect is achieved. It is considered a uroselective medication because it exhibits a greater, more selective affinity for α 1 A receptors.
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.
I take Flomax or Proscar, why should I change?
Prostate Rx is a vitamin supplement and has no side effects like Flomax and Proscar. Prostate Rx is 1/3 of the price.
What other medicines can interact with tamsulosin?
• cimetidine • medicines for high blood pressure • warfarin 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. ...
Should I discontinue the FLOMAX if I feel dizzy, experience leg cramps or heart palpitations?
We start the Flomax one week before the procedure so that if you are going to have any problems with it, we will find out ahead of time. Talk to your doctor about it when you come in for your procedure, or phone him/her if you experience any problems. If you experience leg cramps, this is most likely caused by the pyridium (phenazopyridine) and you should stop them right away.
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
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