What Is This Medication And How Is It Designed To Treat Your Medical Condition?
The generic name for Flomax is Tamsulosin. It’s a form of alpha blocker that’s able to effectively relax the muscles within the prostate as well as the bladder neck. When this happens it makes it much easier to urinate. When a man has a hard time urinating it can become painful or lead to conditions such as urine incontinence. Flomax is also used in order to help with urination problems in men who suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (an enlarged prostate). This medication isn’t approved for women or children.
Is there any type of person who shouldn’t use this medication because it can cause problems for them or be especially risky?
Any person who uses this medication must take measures to make sure they aren’t allergic to the active ingredients inside of it. One way this can be accomplished is to check with a doctor first. Also look into whether or not you’ve used certain medications in the past and any of them gave you allergy problems.
If you had allergy problems with any medication, then there’s a chance you can have the same problems with Flomax. Taking this treatment with other medications such as alfuzosin (Uroxatral), doxazosin (Cardura), prazosin (Minipress), silodosin (Rapaflo), or terazosin (Hytrin) should also be avoided.
At the beginning of use is there anything you need to be aware of or anything you should try to avoid to stay safe?
Flomax comes with a high possibility of causing dizziness or even fainting. This is even more the case for people when they first start using it or if they stop use and restart. Because of this you have to be extra careful when you do things such as driving or anything that’s going to require you to pay strong attention.
Make sure you don’t stand up for too long or do things that will cause you to become overheated. These might include exercise or being outside in hot weather for too long. Try not to get up too quickly from a sitting or lying down position, because this can bring on dizziness.
What do you do if you were using this medication, then stop using it but need to start taking it again?
If you are using Flomax and then stop taking it, then you will need to speak with a doctor before you could start using it again. The reason for this is because certain adjustments will need to be made in order to make sure you are safe using it. It’s best to speak with a doctor before you stop use.
What are some of the potential common side effects a person might be at risk for if they start using this medication?
Dizziness, drowsiness, weakness
Headache, chest pain
Abnormal ejaculation, decreased amount of semen
Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms
Runny or stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat, cough
Sleep problems (insomnia)
Decreased interest in sex
What are some of the more serious potential side effects you might be at risk for if you use this medicational treatment?
A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
Penis erection that is painful or lasts 4 hours or longer
Severe skin reaction–fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling
There are other drugs you can be using that might affect the way this drug works. In order to be on the safe side you will need to let a doctor know about any and all other medications you are using. Adjustments can be made in some cases, but sometimes alternatives to Flomax will need to be considered.