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Tamsulosin

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: March 18, 2019

Tamsulosin, is an alpha blocker that helps to relax the enlarged muscles of an affected prostrate and bladder. It helps to ease out the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which includes difficulty in urination, increased need to urinate at odd times, and a weak stream.

Being a medicine for men, Tamsulosin is not for use for women and children. It is important that you brief the doctor about all other medication you’re currently on, as it may lead to adverse reactions with similar medicines such as prazosin, silodosin, etc. Tamsulosin is not to be taken if you are allergic to it. Let your doctor know if you have liver or kidney disease, if you suffer from low blood pressure or have a history of prostrate cancer.

Tamsulosin is taken orally, with the dosage depending on your medical condition and response to the treatment. It is important that you take the capsule at the same time every day, thirty minutes after your meal, daily. Taking it regularly would help to increase its effectiveness.

Side effects include a drop in blood pressure that may lead to dizziness or fainting.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Urologist before using this medicine.

benign prostatic hyperplasia

In addition to its intended effect, Tamsulosin may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Decreased libido

Decreased semen volume

Is It safe with alcohol?

Taking tamsulosin with alcohol may lower your blood pressure. This can cause dizziness or feeling like you might pass out, especially when getting up from a sitting or lying position.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

Flolite d tablet is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Human and animal studies have shown significant adverse effects on the foetus. Please consult your doctor.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.

Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

It may cause dizziness. Exercise caution if you have to drive or operate a machinery.

Does this affect kidney function?

No dose adjustment is needed for patients with the mild to moderate renal disease. Not advisable in patients with the severe renal disease.

Does this affect liver function?

No dose adjustment is needed for patients with the mild to moderate liver disease. Not advisable in patients with the severe liver disease.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Tamsulosin as ingredient
Knoll Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Zydus Cadila
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
J B Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Cachet Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Fourrts India Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Bharat Serums & Vaccines Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
La Renon Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Bharat Serums & Vaccines Ltd
Zydus Cadila
Walter Bushnell
Invision Medi Sciences Pvt Ltd
Dr Reddy s Laboratories Ltd
Overseas Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Tamsulosin is an antagonist to alpha-1A as well as alpha-1B-adrenoceptors within prostatic urethra, bladder neck, prostate and prostatic capsule. Alpha1-adrenoceptors subtypes such as alpha-1A, alpha-1B and alpha-1D.

Ques: What is Tamsulosin?

Ans: Tamsulosin is an antagonist which performs its action by relaxing the muscle in the bladder. This medication treats symptoms of Benign prostatic hyperplasia and enlargement of the prostate. Tamsulosin is used to increase the flow of urine and also relaxes the bladder muscles. This medication is not recommended to the patients having hypertension and cardiovascular issues.

Ques: What are the uses of Tamsulosin?

Ans: Tamsulosin is an antagonist medication, which is used for the treatment and prevention from conditions such as Benign prostatic hyperplasia and enlargement of the prostate. Apart from these, it can also be used to increase the flow of urine and also relaxes the bladder muscles. This medication is not adequate for patients having hypertension and cardiovascular issues. The patient should inform the doctor about any ongoing medications and treatment before using Tamsulosin to avoid undesirable effects.

Ques: What are the Side Effects of Tamsulosin?

Ans: Tamsulosin is a salt which has some commonly reported side effects. These side effects may or may not occur always and some of them are rare but severe. This is not a complete list and if you experience any of the below-mentioned side effects, contact your doctor immediately. Here are some side effects of Tamsulosin which are as dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, running nose and allergic reactions. It is a list of possible side-effects which may occur due to the constituting ingredients of Tamsulosin.

Ques: What are the instructions for storage and disposal Tamsulosin?

Ans: Tamsulosin should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original pack. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets. The patient should consult a doctor for its further uses and side effects and should inform the doctor about any ongoing medications and treatment before using to avoid undesirable effects. It is a prescribed medication. It is important to dispose of expired and unused medications properly to avoid adverse effects.
Disclaimer: The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

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