Flomax is an alpha-adrenergic blocker that is used for improving urination in male patients with enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia. Flomax affects prostate muscle and relaxes them. The drug also affects bladder neck. This is how it acts to improve urination.
Contraindications : Flomax is contraindicated in patients with an allergy to tamsulosin. You are also prohibited to use Flomax in case you have an allergy to silodosin (Rapaflo), doxazosin (Cardura), alfuzosin (Uroxatral), prazosin (Minipress) or terazosin (Hytrin).
Precautions: Flomax is for use in men only. Women and children should not use Flomax. Bare in mind that during treatment (especially the first week) you may feel very dizzy. So be careful and try to avoid activities that require being alert. Do not stand for too long. Try not to get overheated while you are on Flomax. Do not stop taking Flomax suddenly.
Administration: Take Flomax every day. Patients are usually prescribed to take 1 pill a day. If your case is specific, you may need dosage adjustment. Take Flomax 30 minutes after consuming food. Remember that crushing, chewing or breaking Flomax capsule is prohibited. Just swallow the capsule whole. Avoid overdosing.
Flomax side effects: Stop using Flomax if you have: chest pain, hives, feeling like you might pass out, swollen face, swollen mouth, flu symptoms, painful penile erection or long-lasting erection, body aches, chills, difficulty breathing, fever. You may continue using Flomax in case you have: dental problems; headache; back pain; diarrhea; drowsiness; mild dizziness; blurred vision; weakness; insomnia; nausea; runny nose; abnormal ejaculation; sore throat; decreased sex drive.
Drug interactions: Be very careful when on treatment with Flomax. It is known that Flomax may interact with many drugs. So before you start the treatment with Flomax, tell your healthcare provider of any edicine you are using, especially if they are: - ropinirole (Requip); conivaptan (Vaprisol); imatinib (Gleevec); methimazole (Tapazole); cyclosporine (Neoral, Gengraf, Sandimmune); pioglitazone (Actos); warfarin (Coumadin); cimetidine (Tagamet); ticlopidine (Ticlid); isoniazid; - HIV/AIDS drugs like saquinavir (Invirase), delavirdine (Rescriptor), atazanavir (Reyataz), ritonavir (Norvir); indinavir (Crixivan), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), nelfinavir (Viracept); - antibiotic like telithromycin (Ketek), terbinafine (Lamisil), dalfopristin/quinupristin (Synercid), clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., Erythrocin, EryPed, Ery-Tab), metronidazole (Flagyl, Protostat); - antifungal meds like itraconazole (Sporanox), voriconazole (Vfend); clotrimazole (Mycelex Troche), ketoconazole (Ketozole, Nizoral, Extina, Xolegal); - antidepressants like desipramine (Norpramin), citalopram (Celexa), imipramine (Tofranil), duloxetine (Cymbalta), clomipramine (Anafranil), tranylcypromine (Parnate)escitalopram (Lexapro), nefazodone, ), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafemsertraline (Zoloft); - medications for the treating of psychiatric disorders: thioridazine (Mellaril), clozapine (Clozaril, FazaClo), perphenazine (Trilafon), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin), aripiprazole (Abilify), haloperidol (Haldol); - erectile dysfunction medicines like tadalafil (Cialis), sildenafil (Viagra), or vardenafil (Levitra); - anti-malaria meds like pyrimethamine (Daraprim), chloroquine (Arelan) or quinine (Qualaquin); - heart /blood pressure medicines like nifedipine (Nifedical, Procardia), verapamil (Covera, Isoptin, Calan, Verelan), felodipine (Plendil), diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), nicardipine (Cardene); - a heart rhythm medicines like quinidine (Quin-G) or amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone).
Proper Flomax storage: Store Flomax away from moisture at room temperature.