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Tamsulosin

Tamsulosin
By Medicover Hospitals / 29 Nov 2020
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What is Tamsulosin?

Tamusolin is an alpha-blocker which relaxes the muscles in the prostrate and bladder neck which makes it easier for urinating. This helps in relieving symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in the flow of urine, weak stream and urge of urinating regularly. It is used for improving urination in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Tamsulosin medications are not approved by the FDA for the use of women or children.

  1. Tamsulosin Uses
  2. Tamsulosin Side Effects
  3. Precautions
  4. Tamsulosin Warnings
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Citations

Tamsulosin Uses:

Tamsulosin is used by men for the treatment of an enlarged prostate. It doesn’t shrink the prostate but it works by relaxing the prostrate and bladder. Tamsulosin helps in relieving the symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in the flow of urine and weak stream.

Tamsulosin Side Effects:

Tamsulosin common side effects are:

  • Sleepiness
  • Weakness
  • Back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty ejaculating

Some of the serious side effects of Tamsulosin are:

  • Painful erection of the penis which lasts for hours
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Swelling of eyes, face and ankles

If you have any of these serious symptoms immediately contact your doctor for further assistance. In any case, due to tamsulosin if you get any kind of reactions in your body try avoiding it.

A doctor advised you to take the medicines by seeing your problems and the benefits of this medicine are greater than the side effects. Majority of the people who use this medicine don’t show any side effects. Get medical help immediately if you get any serious Tamsulosin side effects.

Precautions:

Before taking Tamsulosin, talk with the doctor if you’re allergic to any kind of medicine. The product may contain some inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or some other serious problems.
Before using Tamsulosin talk to your doctor if you are having any medical history of:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Eye problems (Cataracts, Glaucoma)

Tamsulosin can cause dizziness, lightheadedness and spinning sensation. This can be faced if your dosages are increased.

Who can take Tamsulosin?

  • Tamsulosin can be taken by adults i.e. above the age of 18.
  • Avoid giving the medication to the children, unless you get any advice from the Doctors.
  • Tamsulosin medications are not suitable for some people. Take the advice of the doctor before taking this Tamsulosin.

How to take Tamsulosin?

Tamsulosin comes in the form of an oral capsule. The dosage will depend on the:

  • Age
  • For the condition being treated
  • Severity of the condition
  • Medical conditions that you have
  • How you react to your first dose.

Take tamsulosin as prescribed by the doctor. The doctor may sometimes change your dosage for the best results. Avoid taking the medicines in larger or small amounts.

Tamsulosin is usually taken once a day exactly after 30 minutes after a meal. Take the Tamulosin tablets exactly at the same time every day. Don’t crush, chew or open the tablets. Swallow the full capsule.

Sometimes Tamsulosin tablets can lower the blood pressure can cause dizziness and fainting. Talk to your doctor immediately if you are feeling severe dizziness.

Regular dosages for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia are:

  • Initial dosage should be 0.4 mg orally once a day.
  • Maximum dosage should be 0.8 mg orally once a day.

Dosage:

  • Generic:Tamsulosin
  • Form:Oral Capsule
  • Strength:0.4 mg
  • Brand:Flomax
  • Form:Oral Capsule
  • Strength: 0.4 mg

Adult Dosage (Ages 18-64 yrs)

Typical Dosage:

  • 0.4 mg capsule daily
  • Starting dosage should be 0.4 once daily after 30 minutes of a meal.
  • If taken in an empty stomach most of the medication gets absorbed. It can have some greater effect and can potentially drop the blood pressure level.
  • Tamsulosin dosage can be increased to 0.8 mg once daily after 2 to 4 weeks if there is no adequate response.
  • Tamsulosin tablets should not be chewed, crushed or opened.

Missed dose:

Missing one or two-dose of Tamulosin won’t show any effect on your body. The skipped dose causes no problem. But with some medication, it won’t work if you don’t take the dosage on time. If you miss a dose some sudden chemical change may affect your body. In some cases, your doctor would advise you to take the prescribed medicine as soon as possible if you have missed the dose.

Overdose:

Overdose of a drug can be accidental. If you have taken more than the prescribed Tamulosin tablets there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions. Overdose of a medicine can lead to some medical emergency.

Warnings for serious health conditions:

Pregnancy:

There is no proper study regarding Allantoin cream during pregnancy. But to be extra sure of the products and the benefits talk to your doctor before applying it.

Breastfeeding:

There is no proper study regarding Allantoin cream during Breastfeeding.Be careful while applying it on the skin and avoid applying the cream near the breast as it can cause some harmful effects to your baby

Storage:

Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. The exposure of medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.

Mainly the drug should be kept at room temperature between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC).

Before taking Tamsulosin consult your Doctor. In case you face any problems or get any side effects after taking Tamsulosin, rush immediately to your nearby hospital or consult your doctor for better treatment. Carry your medications always in your bag while travelling to avoid any immediate emergencies. Follow your prescription and follow your Doctor advice whenever you take Tamsulosin.

Tamsulosin vs. Alfuzosin

Tamsulosin Alfuzosin
Tamusolin is an alpha-blocker which relaxes the muscles in the prostrate and bladder neck which makes it easier for urinating. This helps in relieving symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in the flow ofurine, weak stream and urge of urinating regularly urine, weak stream and urge of urinating regularly. Alfuzosin is used by men for the treatment of enlarged prostate which includes difficulty in urinating, painful urination and frequent urination.
Tamsulosin is used by men for the treatment of an enlarged prostate. It doesn’t shrink the prostate but it works by relaxing the prostrate and bladder Alfuzosin helps in relieving the symptoms of BPH like difficulty while urinating, weak stream and urge to urinate.
Some of the serious side effects of Tamsulosin are:
  • Painful erection of the penis which lasts for hours.
  • Rash.
  • Itching.
  • Hives.
  • Swelling of eyes, face and ankles.
  • Some of the serious side effects of Alfuzosin are:
  • Rash.
  • Swelling of face.
  • Difficulty while swallowing.
  • Chest pain.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:

    Tamusolin is an alpha-blocker which relaxes the muscles in the prostrate and bladder neck which makes it easier for urinating. This helps in relieving symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in the flow of urine, weak stream and urge of urinating regularly.
    First dose Tamsulosin is taken at bedtime for minimizing the risk of dizziness and fainting. After the first dose, the person can take the regularly scheduled dosage after 30 minutes after a meal.
    The drug can be felt in 48 hours. Recovery can take two to six weeks. If 0.4 mg is not providing better relief then a person can increase the dosage to 0.8 mg.
    Some of the serious side effects of Tamsulosin are:
    • Painful erection of the penis which lasts for hours
    • Rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Swelling of eyes, face and ankles

    Citations:

  • Tamsulosin, https://bjui-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1046/j.1464-410X.1997.00205.x"
  • Tamsulosin Side Effects,https://www.auajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1097/01.ju.0000161600.54732.86
  • Tamsulosin Hydrochloride, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/00498259609046739