February 8, 2023

In this week’s episode of Know Your Drug, Brothers Phil DeBiasio and Dai-Nghia Khuong discuss the prescription drug Flomax (tamsulosin). Flomax is commonly prescribed to treat BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and bladder outlet obstuction/dysfunction. This information is a general guideline and is not meant to replace physician orders. Patients using Flomax should use this medication according to their prescriber!

Hello my name is phil db ezio and my name is danny akoo and we are brothers of the professional pharmacy fraternity phi delta chi beta gamma chapter for the milan school of pharmacy at duquesne universe located here in pittsburgh pa in today’s episode of know your drug will be discussing flomax also known as tamsulosin flomax is commonly prescribed for the treatment

And symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia and known as bph and bladder outlet obstruction and dysfunction today we will be highlighting the importance of using flomax in the treatment of bph benign prostatic hyperplasia is primarily characterized by the enlargement of the prostate gland and middle-aged to elderly men this enlargement causes a constriction

Of the urethral canal this causes eventual obstruction difficulty urinating and the increase in frequency of urination flomax is a member of a class of drugs known as alpha one blockers which relaxes smooth muscle in the prostate gland other drugs in this class include euros extra a flu sosam and cordura doc so zosyn these drugs all vary and some degrees such as

Strength potency dosing and duration of action as stated before flomax is a selective alpha-1 receptor antagonist alpha one receptors are responsible for the contraction of the smooth muscle in the prostate when these receptors are activated the muscles contracts causing the characteristic blocking of the wreath row and bph flomax is most commonly taken as a dose

Of 0.4 milligrams or one capsule 30 minutes after the same meal each day if symptoms do not go away after two weeks the dose may be increased to 0.8 milligrams two capsules the same time each day flomax capsules should be swallowed whole and should not be crushed chewed or opened if you take flomax on an empty stomach there’s an increased risk of side effects such

As dizziness when first starting flomax it is important to maintain your follow-up visits with your physician to ensure drug effectiveness without serious side-effects these visits may include blood pressure screenings lipid level testing and urine output evaluation while taking flomax it is important to be aware of possible side effects such as sudden decrease in

Blood pressure these side of these side effects presents itself as dizziness lightheadedness and fainting other possible side effects include a runny nose and decrease and semen during ejaculation if any of the following symptoms occur contact your physician immediately swelling of the face or difficulty breathing as these may be signs of an allergic reaction or a

Painful erection also you should avoid driving or operating machinery after taking flomax if you are start just starting out the regimen before you know how it will affect you if a dose of flomax is missed the dose should be taken as soon as you remember 30 minutes after the next meal if you miss taking your flomax dose for several consecutive days they start with

A point four milligram dosing regimen or contact your doctor some potential drug interactions to be mindful of include blood pressure medications such as nadezhda pine atenolol and and now lap roll and other drugs such as warfarin zantac digoxin and theophylline notify your doctor or pharmacist of any prescription herbal or otc medications you take to ensure there

Are no serious interactions with your medications if used appropriately flomax has been proven effective in reducing the size of the enlarged prostate the symptoms of bph will decrease therefore their frequency and difficulty of urination will decrease always remember pharmacists are the drug experts utilize them to ensure you are receiving the best pharmaceutical

Care possible and to know your drug on behalf of phi delta chi and duquesne university smile and school of pharmacy my name is danny echo and my name is phil dibiase oh and this has been no your drug

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Flomax (tamsulosin) : Know Your Drug By Phi Delta Chi Beta Gamma