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Generic Flomax - Tamsulosin
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CLASS and MECHANISM of Action
Generic Flomax belongs to a class of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers.It is a drug for the treatment of men who are having difficulty urinating because of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Generic Flomax causes the blood vessels (veins and arteries) to relax and expand, so that blood passes through them more easily. This effect relaxes the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, making it easier to urinate.
Active Ingredients: Tamsulosin
Inactive Ingredients: methacrylic acid copolymer, cellulose, triacetin, polysorbate 80, calcium stearate, talc, FD&C blue No. 2, titanium dioxide, ferric oxide, gelatin, and trace amounts of shellac, industrial methylated spirit 74 OP, n-butyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, dimethylpolysiloxane, and black iron oxide E172.
What is Generic Flomax PRESCRIBED For?
Generic Flomax is used to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate--a condition technically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. The walnut-sized prostate gland surrounds the urethra (the duct that drains the bladder). If the gland becomes enlarged, it can squeeze the urethra, interfering with the flow of urine. This can cause difficulty in starting urination, a weak flow of urine, and the need to urinate urgently or more frequently. Generic Flomax doesn't shrink the prostate. Instead, it relaxes the muscle around it, freeing the flow of urine and decreasing urinary symptoms.
How Should I Take Generic Flomax?
The recommended dose of Generic Flomax is one 0.4 mg capsule, taken once daily, approximately 30 minutes after the same meal each day. Sometimes, patients may feel dizziness while taking Generic Flomax. If such effect occurs then take Generic Flomax after the evening meal. Your health care professional may want you to have blood tests or other medical evaluations during treatment with Generic Flomax to monitor progress and side effects.
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Store at room temperature below 20 degrees-25 degrees C.
Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What are the CONTRAINDICATIONS for taking Generic Flomax?
Generic Flomax is prescribed for males only and should not be taken by women.
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Generic Flomax may cause dizziness. If you experience dizziness, avoid these activities. Dizziness is most likely to occur at the start of therapy and when rising from a sitting or lying position. Use caution and rise slowly to avoid falling.
Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase dizziness caused by Generic Flomax.
What Happens if I MISS A DOSE?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. NOTE: Do not take a double dose of the medication.
What happens if I OVERDOSE?
Symptoms of a Generic Flomax overdose include weakness; dizziness; fainting; a weak, fast pulse; cold, clammy skin; and, possibly, loss of consciousness or coma. If an overdose is suspected call your local emergency immediately.
What are the possible SIDE EFFECTS of Generic Flomax?
Common side effects of Generic Flomax are runny nose, dizziness and decrease in semen. A sudden decrease in blood pressure may occur upon standing, rarely resulting in fainting. So when starting Generic Flomax, avoid situations where injury could result. If considering cataract surgery, tell your eye surgeon you have taken Generic Flomax capsules.
What other drugs can INTERACT with Generic Flomax?
If you are taking any of the medicines listed below you may not be able to take Generic Flomax, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring:
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Generic Flomax. Talk to your health care professional before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
- doxazosin (Cardura),
- cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB), or
- warfarin (Coumadin).
- terazosin (Hytrin),
- prazosin (Minipress).
Dizziness is most likely to occur at the start of therapy and when rising from a sitting or lying position. Use caution and rise slowly to avoid falling. Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase dizziness caused by Generic Flomax. Do not crush, chew, or open the capsules. Swallow them whole.