Flomax is prescribed for the treatment of symptoms that are associated with an enlarged prostate (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia). It belongs to a group of drugs called Alpha Blockers. However, your doctor may also prescribe Flomax for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Flomax
The ideal way to use Flomax is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Flomax should be taken about 30 minutes after a meal to avoid stomach problems.
Flomax should be swallowed whole taking care that you do not crush or chew it before swallowing it.
Preferably, Flomax should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Flomax without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Flomax is an alpha blocker that relaxes the muscles in the prostate thereby improving the symptoms associated with BPH.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Flomax to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Flomax between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Flomax in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Flomax if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to any sulfonamide (sulfa) medicine, such as acetazolamide, celecoxib, certain diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide), sulfonylureas (eg, glyburide), probenecid, sulfamethoxazole, valdecoxib, or zonisamide, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drugs, you have a history of high blood pressure or prostate cancer, you will be having eye surgery.
Do not use Flomax if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure) or if you are taking another alpha-blocker (eg, prazosin).
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Flomax as Flomax may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Flomax is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests including prostate exams, prostate-specific-antigen or PSA, kidney tests while taking the drug. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.
Flomax can interact with certain medicines. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking Alpha-blockers (eg, prazosin) or phosphodiesterase inhibitors (eg, sildenafil), Azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), cimetidine, or serotonin specific reuptake inhibitors (eg, fluoxetine) and Warfarin.