What is Silodosin used for?
Silodosin is used to treat symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH). Silodosin relieves the symptoms of BPH such as urinary frequency and urgency, painful/difficult urination, weak urine stream and incomplete emptying of the bladder. This medication helps improve urination in men by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck. It belongs to a group of drugs called alpha-blockers. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Silodosin?
The dosage of Silodosin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Silodosin with food, or as directed by your doctor.
What if you miss a dose of Silodosin?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Silodosin 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 unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Silodosin?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Silodosin, seek medical attention immediately. The overdose symptoms of Silodosin may include fainting, extreme dizziness or blurred vision.
What other drugs could interact with Silodosin?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Silodosin.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Silodosin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Silodosin can interact with azole antifungals, alpha-blockers, antidepressants, heart or blood pressure medications, HIV/AIDS medications, macrolide antibiotics, protease inhibitors and erectile dysfunction medications.
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. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Silodosin?
Like other medicines, Silodosin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Silodosin 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 Silodosin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Silodosin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Silodosin can cause side effects such as diarrhea, weakness, headache, dizziness, sore throat, stuffy nose or abnormal ejaculation. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Silodosin.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Silodosin?
Is it possible for me to take Silodosin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Silodosin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Silodosin?
How will Silodosin work in my body?
How should Silodosin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Silodosin drug interactions and side effects?
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 Silodosin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.