Flomax
DESCRIPTION

This is a medication used by men to treat enlarged prostates. This medication is also commonly referred to as Tamsulosin.

How it works

This medication does not treat the condition by shrinking the prostate. On the contrary, it works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and the bladder. This automatically relieves the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. One of the common symptoms of this condition is difficulty in beginning the flow of urine. Moreover, this medication belongs to a class of drugs known as alpha blockers.

Uses

This medication is commonly used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia – which is the medical term for an enlarged prostate. This medication is highly useful in relieving the symptoms of this condition – especially symptoms such as the need to urinate often.

Dosage

The dosage and dose schedule of this medication must be determined by a healthcare provider according to the medical condition and your response to this treatment. Therefore, do not try to figure this out on your own.

You must not try to increase the doses or make any changes to the dosage without consulting your physician. Remember, increasing the number of tablets you take is not going to heal your condition any faster. On the contrary, it will increase your risk for the side effects. Moreover, it can lead to a possible overdose as well.

In order to experience the best effects of this medication, you need to take it regularly as possible. Do not skip or miss your doses accidently or otherwise. If you do forget to take your dose, you need to take it as soon as you remember. Never double your dose in order to compensate for one that you missed.

Side effects

The following are some common side effects that you are likely to experience during the course of the treatment.

Stuffy nose
Dizziness
Lightheadedness
Drowsiness
Ejaculation problems

Even though you might not experience all of the above, it is important to be aware of them. In the event of such side effects, do not hesitate to call your healthcare provider.

Precautions

The following are some safety precautions that you need to follow to ensure your own safety.

This medication must not be consumed to treat high blood pressure.
When getting up from a sitting or lying position, get up slowly to avoid dizziness.
Brief your physician about your medical history – especially if you suffer from low blood pressure.
Do not drive or operate machinery after taking your dose as this medication can make you dizzy.
Avoid the consumption of alcohol.
If you are having a surgery, inform your physician that you are consuming this drug.
Make sure that you are not allergic to this medication or any other alpha blockers.

Self-care

It is highly important for you to inform your physician and pharmacist about all the medications that you are currently taking. This includes prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal supplements. Furthermore, consuming this medication can sometimes result in a painful or prolonged erection which can last for four hours. If the erection remains for longer than four hours, seek immediate medical attention.

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