tamsulosin capsule - oral, Flomax (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking tamsulosin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily. Take the first dose at bedtime to minimize the chances of getting dizzy or fainting. After the first dose, take your regularly scheduled dose 30 minutes after the same meal each day, or take exactly as directed by your doctor.Swallow this medication whole. Do not crush, chew, or open the capsules. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.If you have not taken this drug for several days, contact your doctor to re-establish your dosing schedule. To minimize side effects, you will be restarted at the lowest dose. Then the dosage will be gradually increased.It may take up to 4 weeks to notice an improvement in symptoms. Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks or if they worsen.
SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness, unusual weakness, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, blurred vision, runny nose, or problems ejaculating may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, vision changes.Tell your doctor immediately if this rare but very serious side effect occurs: fast heartbeat.In the unlikely event you have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours, stop using this drug and seek immediate medical attention, or permanent problems could occur.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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