Tamsulosin is an alpha-blocker used to treat males with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). It helps to relax the muscles in the prostate and bladder region, making urination easier.
Use in addressing BPH
BPH symptoms include frequent or uncontrollable need to urinate, inability to initiate urinating and inability to empty the bladder entirely. These symptoms indicate that the bladder is becoming squeezed. Tamsulosin functions by relaxing the bladder and prostate. It is used to eliminate any restriction in the bladder outlet that impairs urine flow. It inhibits the alpha 1 receptor found in the prostate to increase the urine flow in men.
Caution in Use
- Tamsulosin cannot be used to treat hypertension, and it is contraindicated with medications such as alfuzosin and doxazosin.
- Tamsulosin should not be taken for extended periods, particularly when an individual experiences overheating due to activity or intense heat. If dizziness persists or someone experiences fainting, it is advisable to seek medical attention.
- Tamsulosin may influence pupil size during eye surgery. Before using the drug, it is advisable to consult with an ophthalmologist. Any allergies or preexisting health issues should be disclosed to the physician.
- People with liver or kidney disease, a history of prostate cancer, low blood pressure, or an allergy to sulfa medicines should not take this medication without consulting a physician.
- Starting, stopping, or adjusting a dose must be done under the supervision of a physician.
- Dosage should be administered precisely as a physician prescribes, and the medication should be administered daily at the same time and in the same quantity.
- Overdosing should be avoided. If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as it is remembered or skipped only if the next dose is close.
Tamsulosin administration may cause severe skin responses, including itching, rash, hives, swelling of the face or lips, and shortness of breath. Other possible side effects include a sensation of fainting, eye burning, fever, and sore throat.
Side effects also include low blood pressure, dizziness, a sensation of weakness, nausea, headache, diarrhoea, and occasionally chest pain. Back pain, dental abnormalities, the flu and chills, cough, and insomnia are among the symptoms that may take a severe turn. In each instance, medical assistance should be sought.
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