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Chemical Name: Tamsulosin
Flomax is a medicine for use by MEN only. Flomax is used in men who have a medical condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (also known as BPH). This is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.
Alpha receptors are present on the muscle in the prostate gland. This gland is found only in men and lies at the top of the tube connecting the bladder to the outside (urethra). The prostate gland often enlarges with advancing age (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and presses on the urethra. This can cause urinary symptoms such as poor flow of urine. By blocking the alpha receptors, tamsulosin causes the muscle in the prostate to relax. This allows urine to flow freely past the prostate and relieves the urinary symptoms.
When you pass urine, the urine travels from the bladder through a channel in the tissues of the prostate. When the gland becomes large, it presses on this channel which then becomes narrow. The channel may even become effectively completely blocked. If this happens, no urine can be passed. This is a medical emergency.
Flomax is a medicine which relaxes the smooth muscle. It is particularly active at relaxing smooth muscle in the prostate. Flomax works with BPH by widening the channel through the prostate gland. This allows the urine to flow easily.
Flomax Side Effects:
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
A drop in blood pressure that occurs when going from lying down to sitting or standing, which results in dizziness and lightheadedness (postural hypotension)
Disturbances of the gut such as diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
Awareness of your heartbeat (palpitations)
Weakness or loss of strength (asthenia)
Inflammation of the lining of the nose (rhinitis) causing a blocked or runny nose
Skin reactions such as rash and itch
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How can this medicine affect other medicines?
Tamsulosin hydrochloride when used with other alpha-blocking medicines may cause a greater fall in blood pressure. This may lead to greater dizziness and fainting. Usually such combinations should be avoided.
Other medicines containing the same active ingredients
DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to FLOMAX. Using FLOMAX alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. ALCOHOL, HOT WEATHER, EXERCISE, AND FEVER can increase dizziness. To prevent dizziness or fainting, sit up or stand up slowly, especially in the morning. Also, sit or lie down at the first sign of dizziness or weakness. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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