Tamsulosin is a drug used in the treatment of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy or hyperplasia – BPH -).

Tamsulosin belongs to a group of medicines known as alpha receptor antagonists 1. It is used to treat symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia [BPH]). As the prostate enlarges, it can put pressure on the urethra is the tube that carries urine out of the bladder to be expelled. This causes weak urine stream or arises a feeling of not being able to empty the bladder completely. Tamsulosin helps relax the muscles in the prostate and the opening of the bladder, which helps the flow of urine to flow more freely and the bladder to be emptied completely. Tamsulosin does not shrink the prostate gland, so even if symptoms improve with treatment, prostate surgery may be necessary if continuing enlarged prostate.

Dose of tamsulosin

In the case of this article drug detailed presentation by controlled release tablets, which must be administered as directed by the physician. The recommended dose of tamsulosin is 0.4 mg once daily, with or without food ingested at the same time each day. The tablets should be swallowed whole.

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Contraindications and warnings of tamsulosin

Tamsulosin should not be taken by those allergic to tamsulosin, or by children or women. Before you begin using a medication, you should tell your doctor about any health problems or allergies you may have, as well as medications being taken (including herbs, supplements and vitamins), or if you drink alcohol regularly or if you are addicted to smoking. Regarding treatments or interventions should be considered for cataract surgery, kidney or liver disease, orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure upon standing) and prostate cancer, as this and BPH cause many of the same symptoms and often coexist, so studies should be made to rule out prostate cancer before starting treatment with tamsulosin.

Adverse side effects of tamsulosin

The following side effects are rare but should be reported to the physician: abnormal ejaculation, back pain, decreased sexual desire or activity, diarrhea, dizziness or lightheadedness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, stuffy or runny nose, trouble sleeping and unusual weakness. Other effects occur less often than the others and should consult with your doctor immediately as chest pain, fainting and priapism (persistent painful erection of the penis that is not relieved by sexual activity).

Check with your doctor or pharmacist

This information is general in nature accessible and serves to clarify some basic questions about tamsulosin, so it is not comprehensive and in no way replaces the information provided by your doctor or pharmacist.