Tamsulosin (flomax): Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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(Last Updated On: August 30, 2017)

Tamsulosin (flomax) is an alpha-blocker which relaxes the muscles of urinary bladder and further making easier to urinate. this drug is generally used to improve the urination in men with enlarged prostate.

Information of Tamsulosin:

It is not to be used if the patient is allergic to tamsulosin, do not take this drug along with other drugs or it may cause side effects such as dizziness, fainting and etc. Consult your doctor immediately if required. It can affect the pupil during eye surgery; tell your doctor if you have eye surgery while you are undergoing this medication.

It should be taken as exactly how the doctor prescribed and should follow the directions mentioned on the prescription label. It is not to be used in small or large doses and also not longer than prescribed.

Dosage pattern of Tamsulosin:

Adult dose:

Prostatic Hyperplasia (enlarged prostate):

The initial dose is about 0.4mg to be taken orally once in a day

Maximum dose is about 0.8mg to be taken orally once in a day

Renal dose adjustment:

For renal impairment: no adjustment needed

Liver dose adjustment: no adjustment needed

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:

This drug indicated not to use during pregnancy and this drug is not recommended for  women during lactation, because it can be excreted into the breast milk and further effects the nursing baby.

Tamsulosin overdose:

The overdose of this drug may be fatal seek immediate medical emergency

Tamsulosin side effects:

The following are the side effects of this drug.

Severity: major

  • Fever with chills
  • Cough
  • Painful urination
  • Chest pain
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Prolonged erection of penis
  • Sensation of spinning
  • Confusion
  • Itching
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Muscle pain
  • Irritated eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Tightness in chest
  • Blurred vision

Severity: minor

  • Sneezing
  • Headache
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Congestion
  • Body aches
  • Loss of strength
  • Voice changes
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Drowsiness
  • Increased cough
  • Loss of sexual ability
  • Nausea
  • Tooth disorder
  • Loss of sexual ability
  • Constipation
  • Redness of the skin
  • Vomiting

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