What is Tamsulosin–Finasteride used for?
Tamsulosin–Finasteride is used to treat signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)–a common condition that can affect aging men. BPH, also known as an enlarged prostate, is characterized by enlargement of the prostate gland as a result of hormonal imbalance in the body.
Tamsulosin–Finasteride capsules help shrink the prostate, thereby improving the symptoms associated with BPH such as difficulty urinating, painful urination, urinary urgency, urinary frequency, feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder, frequent nighttime urination and interrupted or weak urine stream.
Tamsulosin belongs to a group of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers. By relaxing the muscles in the prostate and the neck of the bladder, Tamsulosin helps increase the urine flow and decrease the progress of other BPH symptoms.
Finasteride belongs to a class of medicines known as 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. Finasteride works by decreasing the production of a natural chemical in the body called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that causes BPH. Finasteride lowers the risk of developing acute urinary retention (a sudden inability to pass urine) and may reduce the need for BPH-related surgery as well.
Tamsulosin–Finasteride capsules may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Tamsulosin–Finasteride?
The dosage of Tamsulosin–Finasteride capsules may vary based on the patient's age, body weight, medical condition and response to treatment. Always follow your physician's instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
- Swallow the Tamsulosin–Finasteride capsules with a drink of water.
What if you miss a dose of Tamsulosin–Finasteride?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Tamsulosin–Finasteride medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.
What if you overdose on Tamsulosin–Finasteride?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Tamsulosin–Finasteride, seek medical attention immediately.
Overdose symptoms of Tamsulosin–Finasteride may include
- severe dizziness
What other drug(s) could interact with Tamsulosin–Finasteride?
- St John's Wort
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Tamsulosin–Finasteride. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are taking any of the above-mentioned drugs.
Tamsulosin–Finasteride can interact with the following 'types' of medicines/products:
- other alpha-blockers;
- erectile dysfunction medications;
- heart or blood pressure medications;
- psychiatric disorder drugs;
- HIV/AIDS medicines;
- blood thinners;
- antifungal medicines.
Usually drug interactions may occur when certain drugs are taken together. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about the intake of any prescription medications, over-the-counter products (non-prescription medications) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbals, which may increase the effect of Tamsulosin–Finasteride. This information can help your doctor to warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. It is also important to tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or a family history of any medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the possible side effects of Tamsulosin–Finasteride?
Like other medicines, Tamsulosin–Finasteride can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Tamsulosin–Finasteride are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Tamsulosin–Finasteride cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Tamsulosin–Finasteride develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Tamsulosin–Finasteride can cause the following side effects:
- dry mouth
- back pain
- breast tenderness
- decreased sexual desire
- ejaculation problems
- cold sweats
- runny nose
This may not be a complete list of all side effects of Tamsulosin–Finasteride. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Tamsulosin–Finasteride.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Tamsulosin–Finasteride?
Is it possible for me to take Tamsulosin–Finasteride with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Tamsulosin–Finasteride?
What are the possible drug interactions of Tamsulosin–Finasteride?
How will Tamsulosin–Finasteride work in my body?
How should Tamsulosin–Finasteride be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Tamsulosin–Finasteride drug interactions and side effects?
What other important information should you know about Tamsulosin–Finasteride?
Before taking Tamsulosin–Finasteride, make sure to tell your doctor if you
- are due to undergo cataract surgery;
- have liver/kidney/urinary problems;
- suffer from prostate cancer;
- have low blood pressure;
- feel dizzy when getting up from a lying/sitting position.
Also, let your doctor know if you are allergic to Tamsulosin–Finasteride, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to "sulfa drugs" or any other medicines.
Note: Tamsulosin–Finasteride is intended for use in men ONLY.
- Women or children should NOT take Tamsulosin–Finasteride capsules.
- Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should NOT handle Tamsulosin–Finasteride capsules. If a woman does come in contact with the broken/crushed capsules, the affected area must be washed immediately and a physician should be consulted.
- Tamsulosin–Finasteride may cause dizziness/drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do any activities that require alertness until you are certain you can perform such tasks safely.
- Stop smoking while on treatment with Tamsulosin–Finasteride.
- Do not take alcoholic beverages while taking Tamsulosin–Finasteride capsules.
- To prevent dizziness while taking this medicine, get up slowly from a lying or sitting position.
- Avoid getting overheated while doing exercise and in hot weather.
- Avoid standing for a prolonged period of time as well.
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Tamsulosin–Finasteride is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.