Tamsulosin, an alpha blocker, is used by men to relieve symptoms of BPHsuch as difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, weak stream, and the need to urinate often or urgently (including during the middle of the night). It works by relaxing the smooth muscles in the prostate. Do not use this medication to treat high blood pressure. It can also help your body “pass,” or get rid of, kidney stonesthrough urination. It has also been used to help treat bladder problems in women.
How to use tamsulosin
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily, 30 minutes after the same meal each day. Swallow this medication whole. Do not crush, chew, or open the capsules.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Tamsulosin may cause a sudden drop in your blood pressure, which could lead todizziness or fainting. This risk is higher when you first start taking this drug, after your doctor increases your dose, or if you restart treatment after you stop taking it. During these times, avoid situations where you may be injured if you faint.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
If you have not taken this drug for several days, contact your doctor to see if you need to be restarted at a lower dose.
It may take up to 4 weeks before your symptoms improve. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.