Tamsulosin - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Tamsulosin

Generic Name : Tamsulosin
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Tamsulosin are provided here.

Pronunciation : tam-SOO-loe-sin

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Tamsulosin, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

Therapeutic Classification : BPH Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Tamsulosin

India :

International :


Why is Tamsulosin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an alpha blocker, prescribed for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostate enlargement. It improves the flow of urine by relaxing the muscles of the prostate and the lower part of the bladder.

When should Tamsulosin not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity to this drug.

What is the dosage of Tamsulosin?

Adult: PO- Extended release 400 mcg once daily, up to 800 mcg once daily after 2-4 wk if needed.

How should Tamsulosin be taken?

It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, it should be taken with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Tamsulosin?

•Prostate cancer should be ruled out before starting the therapy.

It may cause a complication called intra operative floppy iris syndrome in patients who undergoes cataract surgery.

It may cause low blood pressure and fainting in standing position especially with first dose, or if dosage is increased or an antihypertensive drug or a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor is added to the treatment regimen.

Caution needed when used in patients with sulfa allergy, pregnancy, breastfeeding, liver or kidney impairment, and children.

• It may cause dizziness, do not drive or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Take this medication in whole. Do not crush.

What are the side effects of Tamsulosin?

Body as Whole- Headache, increase in infections, weakness, back pain, chest pain.
Central Nervous System- Dizziness, altered sleep.
Respiratory- Inflammation of nose, pharynx and sinuses.
Gastrointestinal- Diarrhea, nausea.
Genitourinary- Abnormal ejaculation, decrease in sexual activities, painful persistent penile erection (rare).
Eye- Blurred vision.
Hypersensitivity- Severe allergic reactions like rash, itching, swelling, trouble in breathing.

What are the other precautions for Tamsulosin?

It should not be used with drugs that inhibit its breakdown e.g. ketoconazole.

What are the storage conditions for Tamsulosin?

Oral: Store at 25°C. Keep this medication in an airtight container, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature.

Tamsulosin: Drug for Treating Enlarged Prostate or BPH and Urinary Retention

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