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Flomax Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Flomax is in a class of drugs known as alpha-adrenergic blockers. It is used to treat enlargement of the prostate gland in men. It works by relaxing muscles in the prostate and bladder neck at the site of the obstruction. It improves urine flow and also reduces BPH symptoms. But it should not be used to treat high blood pressure.

Flomax Dosage

The usual starting dose of Flomax is 1 capsule daily. Your doctor may also increase the dose to 2 capsules (0.8 milligram) once a day if needed.

Uses of Flomax

  • Flomax is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.
  • It may also be used for other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide. 

Side Effects of Flomax

Before taken Flomax medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Flomax. Side effects may include:

  • Infection
  • Weakness
  • Back pain
  • Sore throat
  • Chest pain
  • Sleepiness
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Cough

Warnings and precautions before taking Flomax:

  • Before taking tamsulosin, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or to other alpha-blockers such as alfuzosin, doxazosin or terazosin or if you have any other allergies.
  • After taken, you may feel dizzy, or less alert. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as drive or operating machinery.
  • If you have prostate cancer, blood pressure problems, then you should tell your doctor.

Drug Interaction:- If you are taking Flomax with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Flomax with the following:

  • Blood pressure drugs classified as alpha-blockers, such as Catapres
  • Cimetidine
  • Warfarin
Overdose

After taken Flomax if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of Flomax overdose may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Headache,
  • Weakness
  • Fast pulse
  • Cold
  • Loss of consciousness


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