Benefits and uses of Flomax
Flomax (tamsulosin) is a prescription medication used to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). The prostate is a gland located just below the bladder in men. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. As the prostate enlarges, it can press on the urethra and cause difficulty in urinating. This can result in a number of symptoms, including a weak stream, difficulty starting and stopping urination, a feeling of not emptying the bladder fully, and a frequent need to urinate.
It is a type of drug called an alpha blocker. It works by relaxing the muscles around the prostate and the bladder neck. This helps to decrease the symptoms of BPH and improve urine flow.
Side Effects of It
Flomax is a well-tolerated medication, it can cause a few side effects. The most common side effects are headache, dizziness, and nasal congestion. However, in some cases, they can be bothersome and lead to discontinuation of the medication.
Other side effects include:
- Urinary tract infection
- Retrograde ejaculation (ejaculate goes into the bladder rather than out the penis)
- Painful ejaculation in men
- Blood in urine or semen in men
- Allergic reaction (such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face)
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breathe
When and how to take Flomax
Flomax (tamsulosin) is a prescription medication used to treat enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). It works by relaxing the muscles around the prostate and bladder, which makes it easier to urinate.
Flomax is available as a capsule (0.4 mg) to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day, with or without food.
Do not take Flomax if you are allergic to tamsulosin or any of the ingredients in the medication.
Before taking Flomax, tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
• liver disease
• kidney disease
• a history of prostate cancer
• a history of seizures
• low blood pressure
Flomax: Drug Interactions
However, like all medications, there are potential drug interactions that can occur when taking Flomax.
One such interaction is with the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin). When taken together, Flomax and warfarin can increase the risk of bleeding. Signs of bleeding that should be reported to a doctor include: unusual bruising or bleeding, black or tarry stools, red or pink urine, coughing up blood, and severe headache.
Another potential interaction is with the heart medication digoxin (Lanoxin). When taken together, Flomax and digoxin can increase the risk of an irregular heartbeat. Signs of an irregular heartbeat that should be reported to a doctor.