tamsulosin capsule - oral, Flomax (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking tamsulosin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other alpha-blockers such as alfuzosin, doxazosin or terazosin; or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: prostate cancer, blood pressure problems.To avoid dizziness or fainting, get up slowly from a lying or seated position, especially when you first start taking this drug or if your doctor changes your dosing. Also, when you first start taking this drug, avoid situations where you may be injured if you faint.This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.Before having surgery (including cataract eye surgery), tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially dizziness.This medication is not recommended for use in women or children.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: drugs for male erectile problems (e.g., sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil), other alpha-blocker drugs (e.g., doxazosin, prazosin), high blood pressure drugs, "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove tamsulosin from your body (such as cimetidine, azole antifungals including ketoconazole, macrolide antibiotics including erythromycin, rifamycins including rifabutin, St. John's wort).Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as: anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), medicine for sleep (e.g., sedatives), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine or tricyclics such as amitriptyline), tranquilizers.Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
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