Flomax is primarily prescribed to men to alleviate the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, otherwise known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. These symptoms may include:
- Difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream)
- Incomplete bladder emptying
- Painful urination
- Urinary frequency and urgency
Flomax belongs to a class of medications called alpha blockers and it works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and bladder, facilitating easier urination.
Directions for Use
Flomax is orally administered in the form of a capsule, typically once a day. It’s recommended to:
- Take Flomax 30 minutes after the same meal each day
- Follow the prescription label directions carefully
- Not split, chew, crush, or open the capsules
- Continue taking it even if symptoms improve
- Consult your doctor before stopping usage
Before starting on Flomax, you should:
- Disclose any allergies to Flomax, sulfa medications, or any other substances
- Inform your doctor about any prescription or nonprescription medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal products you are taking
- Mention any history of prostate cancer or liver or kidney disease
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, could become pregnant, or are breast-feeding as Flomax is only intended for use in men
- Inform your doctor if you are scheduled for surgery, including dental surgery
- Be aware that Flomax may cause drowsiness or dizziness and impact your ability to drive or operate machinery
Missed Dose Protocol
In case of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s nearly time for your next dose. In such cases, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Never double up on doses to compensate for a missed one.
Potential Side Effects
Flomax may cause side effects such as sleepiness, difficulty sleeping, back pain, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, blurred vision, and difficulty ejaculating. Serious side effects requiring immediate medical attention include painful, prolonged erections, rash, itching, hives, and swelling.
Store Flomax at room temperature, away from heat and moisture, and out of reach of children. Dispose of outdated or unneeded medication appropriately.
In case of an overdose, contact your local poison control center or emergency services immediately. Symptoms may include dizziness, fainting, blurred vision, upset stomach, and headaches.
Maintain regular appointments with your doctor, don’t let anyone else use your medication, and keep a written list of all medications and supplements you’re taking. Always carry this list in case of emergencies.