Flomax, which is an alpha-blocker that works by relaxing prostate and bladder muscles, and thereby improving urine flow and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms. It is predominantly used for treating swollen prostate conditions, and other conditions.
Method of Use
It is recommended that Flomax is taken orally, approximately 30 minutes after eating, once a day at the same time. Do not crush, chew or open the capsules as they are to be swallowed whole. Please take time to read the patient leaflet enclosed with Flomax. Always complete the prescribed course for the maximum benefit. If you miss a dose of Prevacid, take it as soon as you remember, unless this is close to your next scheduled dose. If it is, miss that dose and then return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Flomax is to be stored at 77°F (25°C), in its original container, away from heat, light and moisture. It must not be stored in the bathroom. Flomax may be stored briefly at temperatures between 59°F and 86°F (15-30°C). The product must be kept out of the reach of children and pets at all times. Any medication that is out of date should be disposed of safely (any pharmacist will be able to advise you on disposal instructions).
If you are allergic to any ingredients contained in Flomax, or you are currently taking an alternative alpha-blocker, such as prazosin, do not take Flomax and consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Prior to using Flomax, advise your doctor or pharmacist of any medical conditions you may have, particularly if:
you are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant, or are breast feeding;
you have any other allergies to medications, foods or other substances;
you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medication, herbal preparations or dietary supplements;
you have had an allergic reaction or breathing difficulties to any sulphonamide (sulfa) medication, such as acetazolamide, celecoxib, or to certain diuretics, such as hydrochlorothiazide, or to sulfonylureas, such as glyburide, or to probenecid, sulfamethoxazole, valdecoxib or zonisamide;
you have a history of high blood pressure;
you have a history of prostate cancer; or
if you are due to undergo eye surgery.
you are taking any phosphodiesterase inhibitors, such as sildenafil, due to low blood pressure (these may increase the risk of dizziness, light-headedness or fainting);
you are taking any azole antifungals, such as ketoconazole, cimetidine or serotonin specific re-uptake inhibitors, such as fluoxetine (these may increase the risk of side effects); or
you are taking Warfarin (this may increase the risk of side effects).
Whilst taking Flomax, it is recommended that prostate, prostate-specific-antigen, PSA or kidney tests/examinations are carried out regularly to monitor progress.
Potential Side Effects
If you experience any of the above or following side effects, seek immediate emergency medical treatment and notify your doctor as soon as possible. Possible side effects include:
reduced or loss of vision;
coughing, breathing difficulties, tightness of the chest, chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat;
reduced sexual arousal and/or ability, painful or long-lasting erection;