Tamsulosin

Description

Tamsulosin is an Alpha-adrenoreceptor antagonist which is used in men to decrease the urine outflow resistance due to an enlarged prostate gland. This medicine should be used with caution as it may lower the blood pressure. It is not recommended in patients with a known history of allergy to tamsulosin and patients with a risk of erectile dysfunction.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Tamsulosin

  • Fever with chills
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Headache
  • Runny Nose
  • Body pain
  • Decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • Trouble sleeping

Uses of Tamsulosin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed in 4 to 8 hours.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 1 to 2 days.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Alcohol should not be consumed while receiving this medicine as it may lower the blood pressure and causes dizziness, lightheadedness. Avoid performing activities that need mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.

Allergy

Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Tamsulosin.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Hypotension

Tamsulosin may lower the blood pressure and may cause dizziness, weakness. It is advised to sit or lie down until the symptoms disappear. Inform the doctor if the symptoms worsen.

Cataract surgery

Tamsulosin is not recommended in patients scheduled for cataract surgery due to the risk of developing Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome (IFIS).

Missed Dose

The missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is already the time for your next scheduled dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Consumption of alcohol with Tamsulosin will have an additive effect in lowering the blood pressure.

Instructions

Alcohol should not be consumed while receiving this medicine as it may lower the blood pressure and causes dizziness, lightheadedness. Avoid performing activities that need mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery.
Interaction with Medicine

Diltiazem

Erythromycin

Ketoconazole

Disease interactions

Cataract

Tamsulosin is not recommended in patients who are scheduled for cataract or glaucoma surgery. Usage of this medicine should be reported to the doctor before the surgery.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Tamsulosin as instructed by the doctor. Do not take larger amounts than prescribed. Close monitoring of blood pressure is necessary while receiving this medicine. Performing activities that require mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating machinery is not recommended while receiving this medication.
Miscelleneous

To be taken after food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by relaxing the smooth muscles in the bladder and prostate and thus eases the urine flow.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Antiadrenergic agents, peripherally acting

Schedule

Schedule H

Tamsulosin - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 14 June 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00706

[Internet]. 2017 [cited 14 June 2017]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/33189

DailyMed - Tamsulosin hydrochloride capsule [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 14 June 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=276c7e26-f86a-46b9-b626-ceef76b729a4

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 14 June 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

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Information on this page was last updated on 5 Jan 2018

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