What is Flomax?
Flomax capsules are a treatment for men who suffer from an enlarged prostate which makes it more difficult for them to pee. Just one capsule a day can help to make urination easier and can reduce the need to pee in those who find that they need to urinate frequently. Flomax is perfect for men over the age of 45 who are searching for a way to make urination easier and less uncomfortable.
What is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition in men which makes your prostate get bigger. When your prostate grows bigger, it can put pressure on your bladder and urethra, which can change how you urinate. When you have BPH, it can cause the following symptoms:
Difficulty starting to urinate
Needing to urinate more often
Difficulty emptying your bladder fully
How will Flomax help to ease symptoms of BPH?
Flomax capsules contain the active ingredient tamsulosin, which is part of a group of medicines known as alpha-blockers. This ingredient works by relaxing the muscles in your prostate gland and urethra, making it easier for urine to pass through the urethra, and therefore making it easier for you to urinate when you have BPH.
Can I take this product if I’m taking other medications?
If you’re taking other medications, including those you have obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product. This especially applies to:
Medicines to lower blood pressure, e.g. verapamil, diltiazem
Medicines to treat HIV, e.g. ritonavir, indinavir
Medicines to treat a fungal infection, e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole
Other alpha-blockers, e.g. doxazosin, indoramin, prazosin, alfuzosin
Erythromycin, an antibiotic used to treat infections
Can I drive after taking these capsules?
When you take Flomax capsules you may experience dizziness, weakness, or blurred vision. Do not attempt to drive or operate tools or machinery unless you are certain that you are not affected in this way.
Can I use this product if I’m having eye surgery?
You should not start to take Flomax if you are about to have an operation on your eye for cloudiness of the lens (cataract) or glaucoma (high pressure in the eye). If you are about to have eye surgery and have ever taken Flomax or other products that contain tamsulosin you should tell your eye specialist right away, as they may have to perform the surgery differently.
Can women use this product?
Flomax capsules should not be taken by women. If you are a woman and are having trouble urinating, speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist so they can recommend a suitable treatment for you.
How to take these capsules
Take one Flomax capsule every day, after a meal. Make sure to take the capsule at the same time every day and swallow with a glass of water. Do not crush, chew, or open these capsules. If your symptoms get worse or don’t improve within 2 weeks of using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor for advice.
When should this product not be used?
Flomax is not suitable for those who are younger than 45 or older than 75. Do not use this product if you are allergic to tamsulosin or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not take this product if you:
Have problems with your heart, liver, or kidneys
Get faint, dizzy, or weak when you sit or stand up suddenly
Have had your symptoms for less than 3 months
Have pain when you urinate, or your urine has been cloudy or bloody at any time within the past 3 months
Have a fever due to infection of your kidney or bladder (urinary tract infection)
Have leaking of your urine which you can’t control (urinary incontinence)
Think you have diabetes and it is not properly controlled
Have had prostate surgery
Have recently had blurred or cloudy vision which has not yet been examined by your doctor or optician
Are about to have eye surgery or surgery for cataracts or glaucoma
Does this product have any side effects?
Like all medications, Flomax can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects, stop use and see a doctor immediately:
Allergic reaction, e.g. difficulty breathing, itchy rash, swollen face, throat, or tongue
Long-lasting and painful erection, which is usually not during sexual activity
A severe skin reaction showing symptoms such as skin blistering and exfoliation
Other side effects you may experience include:
Little or no semen during ejaculation
Fast or uneven heartbeat, palpitations
Runny or blocked nose
Feeling sick or vomiting
Diarrhoea or constipation
An itchy or lumpy rash
Blurred or impaired vision
Swollen hands or feet
Shortness of breath
Heart rhythm disorders
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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- Tamsulosin Hydrochloride
The active substance is tamsulosin hydrochloride. Each capsule contains 0.4 mg
The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose, methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate copolymer, polysorbate, sodium laurilsulfate, triacetin, calcium stearate, and talc. These all help to make the granules which are in the capsule
The capsule shell contains gelatin, and is coloured with indigotin (E132), titanium dioxide (E171), and yellow and red iron oxide (E172); printing ink is shellac, propylene glycol, and black iron oxide (E172)
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