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What is Tamsulosin used for?

Tamsulosin is used to treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is also known as enlarged prostate. By relaxing the muscles in the bladder neck and prostate, this drug helps relieve BPH symptoms such as urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and so on. It belongs to a group of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Tamsulosin?

Like other medicines, Tamsulosin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Tamsulosin 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 cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Tamsulosin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Tamsulosin can cause side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, sleep problems, sore throat, and runny nose. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Tamsulosin.

What is the recommended dosage of Tamsulosin?

The dosage of Tamsulosin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Tamsulosin with a full glass of water.

What if you miss a dose of Tamsulosin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Tamsulosin 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 Tamsulosin?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Tamsulosin, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Tamsulosin?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Tamsulosin.

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 Tamsulosin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Tamsulosin can interact with antidepressants and antibiotics.

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 questions to ask your doctor before taking Tamsulosin?

Is it possible for me to take Tamsulosin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Tamsulosin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Tamsulosin?
How will Tamsulosin work in my body?
How should Tamsulosin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Tamsulosin drug interactions and side effects?

Where can I buy Tamsulosin over the counter?

Tamsulosin medicine is available on prescription and you can also buy it from pharmacies. Tamsulosin over the counter medicine comes as tablets and capsules. 

Can I buy Tamsulosin without a prescription?

Tamsulosin without prescription is not available as it is a prescription medicine which is used to treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bladder outlet obstruction and kidney stones. 


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 is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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