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Tamsulosin Questions

Tamsulosin is an alpha-adrenergic blocker that often helps to relax the prostate muscles and may make it easier for an individual to urinate. This medication is normally used to treat an enlarged prostate. However, some patients may have side effects like dizziness and fainting. When an individual is in need of this medication or has recently been prescribed Tamsulosin, questions can arise regarding its side effects, complications, correct dosage and more. Read below where some of the commonly asked questions regarding Tamsulosin have been answered by Experts.

Can Tamsulosin be taken along with an acai trim Brazilian diet?

It is usually safe to take Tamsulosin along with an acai trim supplement. These two medications have different mechanisms of action and are unlikely to interact with each other. However, the supplement may need to be taken in the morning and the Tamsulosin may need to be taken right before bedtime.

What are the common side effects of Tamsulosin?

Some of the common side effects of Tamsulosin are painful erection that may last for 4 hours or longer, severe dizziness, fainting, drowsiness, issues with sleeping, abnormal ejaculation, reduced sex drive, runny nose or a sore throat. While these symptoms are common, every individual taking Tamsulosin may not experience them.

How is Tamsulosin used to treat a patient with a kidney stone?

When Tamsulosin is given to an individual with a kidney stone, it helps relax the muscles of the prostate and neck of the urinary bladder, often making it easier for the individual to urinate and pass the stone.

Can prostate enlargement cause death and what can be done to treat this condition?

Prostate enlargement is unlikely to lead to death. An individual with this condition may die due to other reasons such as heart disease. The condition can be treated with the help of medications. Doctors often prescribe a dose of Tamsulosin 0.4 milligrams and Finasteride 5 milligrams everyday in order to reduce the size of the prostate.

Can taking Tamsulosin cause erectile dysfunction?

Tamsulosin is unlikely to cause erectile dysfunction. Some of the studies indicate that it may help to improve erection in some individuals. However, it may cause abnormal ejaculation like ejaculation failure, retrograde ejaculation and decreased ejaculation in some of the patients on this medicine.

An individual has been taking Tamsulosin 0.4 milligrams once every day; can this dosage be increased to two tablets daily?

Tamsulosin is normally given in order to treat an individual with an enlarged prostate. The dosage is normally 0.4 milligrams to be taken everyday half an hour before the same meal each day. However, if the patient does not respond to this medication even after 2 to 4 weeks, then the dosage may need to be increased to 0.8 milligrams to be taken orally daily. One should speak to the doctor if the dosage of the medication needs to be changed.

Is Tamsulosin the generic medication for Ambien?

Tamsulosin is not known to be a generic medication for Ambien. Tamsulosin is known to be the generic form of Flomax which is commonly used to treat symptoms that relate to the prostate.

Can an individual who has been taking Tamsulosin also take Viagra to improve erection?

Though it may not be dangerous to take Viagra along with Tamsulosin in order to treat erectile dysfunction, the individual should speak to a doctor before starting this medication. This is because, in some cases, Viagra when taken along with Tamsulosin may often cause low blood pressure.

Does Tamsulosin cause gynaecomastia?

Gynaecomastia has not been listed as a side effect of Tamsulosin, either during clinical trials or in after market studies. Other symptoms that can result in gynaecomastia -- like fluid retention, odd swelling or effect on hormonal levels -- also have not been listed as a side effects of Tamsulosin.

There is a set dosage and method of taking Tamsulosin. Individuals should be aware of this and should stick to this method when taking the medicine. Taking a higher dose or taking Tamsulosin frequently in a day can lead to severe complications. Individuals may want to know what the right dosage of the medicine is, the side effects and the success rate of Tamsulosin in treating an enlarged prostate. Individuals may ask an Expert and get answers to all their questions about Tamsulosin.

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