Posted on February 27th, 2013 by
Generic Name: Tamsulosin
Trade Names: Flomax®
How is this drug used? Flomax is used to treat the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Flomax is a type of drug known as an alpha-blocker.
What is the mechanism of action? In the treatment of BPH, Flomax relaxes a type of muscle in the prostate and at the opening of the bladder. This may improve urine flow and/or decrease BPH symptoms.
How is Flomax given (administered)? Flomax is taken orally (by mouth).
How are patients monitored? Patients will usually have scheduled meetings with their healthcare provider while they are being treated with Flomax. Patients may also undergo physical examinations, blood tests, or other measures to assess side effects and response to therapy. Patients may be screened for prostate cancer prior to treatment with Flomax and periodically thereafter.
What are common side effects of treatment with Flomax?
What are some of the potentially serious side effects of treatment with Flomax?
This is not a complete list of side effects. Some patients may experience other side effects that are not listed here. Patients may wish to discuss with their physician the other less common side effects of this drug, some of which may be serious.
Some side effects may require medical attention. Other side effects do not require medical attention and may go away during treatment. Patients should check with their physician about any side effects that continue or are bothersome.
What can patients do to help alleviate or prevent discomfort and side effects?
Are there any special precautions patients should be aware of before starting treatment?
When should patients notify their physician?
Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects that bother you or don’t go away. Also seek immediate care if you notice signs of an allergic reaction (such as rash; itching; hives; swelling of the face, tongue, or throat; difficulty breathing; or blistering of the skin), or a prolonged, abnormal erection.
What is a package insert?
A package insert is required by the FDA and contains a summary of the essential scientific information needed for the safe and effective use of the drug for healthcare providers and consumers. A package insert typically includes information regarding specific indications, administration schedules, dosing, side effects, contraindications, results from some clinical trials, chemical structure, pharmacokinetics and metabolism of the specific drug. By carefully reviewing the package insert, you will get the most complete and current information about how to safely use this drug. If you do not have the package insert for the drug you are using, your pharmacist or physician may be able to provide you with a copy.
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