Tamsulosin hydrochloride

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SR and MR

  I am using Tamsulosin Hydrochloride following prostate problems and wish to know whether there is a difference between the SR and MR versions of this drugs. Many thanks, GEW
by Graham Wiley in UK., 11/30/2007

Why stop taking tamsulosin for a cataract operation?

My father, aged 85, has prostate cancer and is taking tamsulosin hydrochloride. he has an appointment for a cataract operation on his left eye and has been told to stop taking this tablet for 10 days before the operation. Why has he been asked to stop...
by Cathy Harrison in UK, 04/11/2008

Post Pregnancy Treatment of Atonic Bladder by tamsulosin hydrochloride

What are side effects for infant when this drug is recommended for feeding mothers
by apoorva in Mumbai , India, 12/02/2005

Tamsulosin hydrochloride
Tamsulosin hydrochloride (Flomax)
Tamsulosin hydrochloride
(tam- SOO-loh-sin)
Pregnancy Category: B Flomax (Rx)

Classification: Alpha-1 adrenergic blocking agent

Action/Kinetics: Blockade of alpha-1 receptors (probably alpha 1A) in prostate results in relaxation of smooth muscles in bladder neck and prostate; thus, urine flow rate is improved and there is a decrease in symptoms of BPH. Food interferes with the rate of absorption. t 1/2, elimination: 5-7 hr. Significantly bound to plasma proteins. Extensively metabolized in liver; excreted through urine and feces.

Uses: Treatment of signs and symptoms of BPH. Rule out prostatic carcinoma before using tamsulosin.

Contraindications: Use to treat hypertension, with other alpha-adrenergic blocking agents, or in women or children.

Special Concerns: Use with caution with concurrent administration of warfarin.

Side Effects: Body as a whole: Headache, infection, asthenia, back pain, chest pain. CV: Postural hypotension, syncope. GI: Diarrhea, nausea, tooth disorder. CNS: Dizziness, vertigo, somnolence, insomnia, decreased libido. Respiratory: Rhinitis, pharyngitis, increased cough, sinusitis. GU: Abnormal ejaculation. Miscellaneous: Amblyopia.

Overdose Management: Symptoms: Hypotension. Treatment: Keep client in supine position to restore BP and normalize HR. If this is inadequate, consider IV fluids. Vasopressors may also be used; monitor renal function.

Drug Interactions: Cimetidine causes significant in clearance of tamsulosin.

How Supplied: Capsules: 0.4 mg

?Capsules Benign prostatic hypertrophy.
Adult males: 0.4 mg daily given about 30 min after same meal each day. If, after 2 to 4 weeks, clients have not responded, dose can be increased to 0.8 mg daily.

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Amy, Marietta, GA - 12/29/2008

I am a 56yr. old male with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). My doctor initially prescribed Finasteride (Proscar) for my symptoms. In the beginning it worked very well, approximately 90% of my symptoms ceased. However after three months the symptoms gradually returned. My doctor then prescribed both Tamsulosin (Flomax) and Finasteride(Proscar). Initially my urine stream began to improve however I soon began experiencing progressive side affects after the first week. Initially I experienced drowsiness for a approximately week. The drowsiness ceased and was soon replaced with a wide array of side effects such as: insomnia, nasal congestion, decreased sex drive, itching bowel sack, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest around the heart area. After three months of the combined treatment I quit taking Tamsulosin (Flomax) in light of the side effects I had been experiencing. Two days after ceasing Tamsulosin (Flomax) I quit experiencing the fore mentioned side effects. I will consult my doctor regarding the side effects but am reluctant to use Tamsulosin (Flomax) again.