Flomax (Tamsulosin Hydrochloride)
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Flomax is a part of alpha-blockers, a group of medicines.
Flomax is used to treat enlarged prostate, the condition that is known as Benign Prostatic hyperplasic or BPH in technical terms.
Prostate is a walnut size gland which surrounds the urethra, the duct which drains the gall bladder. If this gland becomes larger in size, it squeezes the urethra and interferes with the urine flow. This makes it difficult for the person to start urinating or it may also lead to a weak urine flow or a need to go for urinating more frequently or urgently. Flomax does not work by shrinking the prostate but it relaxes its surrounding muscle as a result of which, urine flow is made free and urinary symptoms are decreased.
Many men start feeling improvement in their urinary symptoms in as less as one week of using Flomax. It has also been proved to maintain long term relief from the symptoms.
Benefits of Flomax are:
• It is able to relieve the urinary symptoms due to BPH in males within one week
• It is the number one branded medicine for BPH
• It has to be taken only once in a day after 30 minutes of taking the meal every day
• Significant improvements in the symptoms are realized in the very first year of starting the treatment and the improvement is maintained for as much as 6 years.
• It is accepted by most of the insurance schemes (98% of PBMs and HMOs)
Instructions given by your doctor should be strictly followed and it should be taken exactly as prescribed.
Usually, one 0.4 mg capsule is advised to be taken once in a day, after around 30 minutes after the same time of food.
The capsule has to be swallowed whole with one glass of water. It should not be chewed or bitten, as this will stop the capsule from being absorbed with the desired rate.
If you miss a dose of Flomax, you can take the capsule whenever you remember during the same day. But it you remember it on the next day, then it is advised to skip that dose. You should not take two doses at a time.
Flomax capsules have to be stored at normal room temperature.
If you are considering to take Flomax, you should inform your doctor if you have allergy to certain medicines, you are suffering from serious kidney or liver functioning problems or you are on any other medication used for relaxing the smooth muscles.
Flomax is meant to be used by males only.
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