Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule

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Medicine Overview of Alfatam Capsule

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Uses of Alfatam Capsule

Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
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Side effects of Alfatam Capsule

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Dizziness, Ejaculation disorder.

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How to use Alfatam Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. It is better to take Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule with food.

How Alfatam Capsule works

Alfatam 0.4mg capsule is an alpha blocker. It works by relaxing muscle around the bladder exit and prostate gland so urine is passed more easily.

In Depth Information on Alfatam Capsule

Expert advice for Alfatam Capsule

  • Alfatam helps in relieving only the symptoms of enlarged prostate. It doesn't decrease the size of the prostate.
  • It may take 2 to 4 weeks before you experience complete relief in your symptoms. Tell your doctor if there is no improvement after 4 weeks.
  • Alfatam may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension). Take special precaution if you have to drive, use machines or do any activity that needs alertness.
  • If you're undergoing eye surgery due to cataract or Glaucoma, inform your eye doctor about the usage of Alfatam.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
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Warnings
Special precautions for Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule
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Alcohol
CAUTION
Taking tamsulosin with alcohol may lower your blood pressure
. This can cause dizziness or feeling like you might pass out, especially when getting up from a sitting or lying position.
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Pregnancy
PROBABLY SAFE
Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule is probably safe to use during pregnancy.

Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effect on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. Please consult your doctor.
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Lactation
CAUTION
Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule is probably usafe to use during lactat
ion. Limited human data suggests that the drug could represent a significant risk to the baby.
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Driving
SAFE
Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule does not usually affect your ability to drive.
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Kidney
SAFE
Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule is recommended.

However, limited information is available on the use of Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule in patients with end stage kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
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Liver
Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule should be used with caution in patient
s with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
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Severely interacts with other drugs like
Onitraz 100mg Capsule, Flugee 150mg Tablet, Tazzle 10mg Tablet, Pah 20mg Tablet

Missed Dosageuses

If you miss a dose of Tamsulosin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Patient Concerns

Frequently asked questions for Alfatam 0.4mg Capsule

Frequently asked questions for Tamsulosin

Alfatam can be taken after any meal of the day but after the same meal every day. It should be taken half an hour after food.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with terazosin?
No, Alfatam should not be taken with terazosin. Taking them together can cause a severe fall in blood pressure.
Q. What is the benefit of taking Alfatam while the patient is on a catheter?
Clinical studies have shown beneficial results of using Alfatam in patients catheterised for acute urinary retention caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). These patients could pass urine more easily after catheter removal with a lesser need for re-catheterisation. Alfatam can be given to a patient with a catheter in place and can continue even after removal of the catheter.
Alfatam is not an anticholinergic medicine. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Is Alfatam same as solifenacin?
No, Alfatam is not same as solifenacin. Both belong to different classes of drugs. Alfatam is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia whereas solifenacin is used to treat overactive bladder.
Retrograde ejaculation (semen does not leave the body, instead goes into the bladder) and ejaculation failure (reduced or absent ejaculation volume) are common problems associated with the use of Alfatam, but this is harmless and more commonly seen at higher doses. Priapism (painful erection) is also a rare and serious side effect associated with its use.
Alfatam is not a steroid. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with deflazacort?
Yes, Alfatam can be taken with deflazacort. No harmful effects or any other interactions have been reported when they are used together.
Lowering of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) has not been seen with Alfatam. However, the effect may vary from patient to patient who is taking the medicine. You may need to get prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels checked at regular intervals. If there are any changes in the PSA levels during therapy, consult your doctor.
Alfatam is not known to cause hair loss. If you notice excessive hair loss during the therapy, consult your doctor.
Alfatam is not an over the counter medicine. It is a prescription medicine and can be bought from a pharmacy only when prescribed by a doctor.
Use of Alfatam is not reported to increase your blood sugar levels. If you notice any change in the blood sugar levels while taking it, consult your doctor as this could be due to some condition which needs attention.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with tadalafil?
You need to take special precaution when taking Alfatam with tadalafil. Both are known to decrease blood pressure and can cause orthostatic hypotension (fall in blood pressure when standing from a sitting or lying down position). When taken together they can cause a severe fall in blood pressure which can be harmful.
Weight gain has not been reported as a side effect with Alfatam. Please consult your doctor in case you experience changes in weight while taking Alfatam.
Alfatam use is not known to cause dry mouth.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with doxazosin?
No, Alfatam should not be taken along with doxazosin. Both the medicines decrease blood pressure and taking them together can cause a severe fall in blood pressure.
Alfatam can reduce the blood pressure but not very significantly. However, it is also reported to cause postural hypotension (fall in blood pressure when you stand suddenly). Consult your doctor if you have these symptoms as the dose of your medicine may need to be adjusted.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with finasteride?
Yes, Alfatam can be taken with finasteride. This combination is safe, well tolerated and works well in decreasing the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Alfatam relaxes the bladder muscles which helps in free passage of urine and provides immediate relief and finasteride decreases the size of the prostate and provides a long-term relief in symptoms.
Alfatam is not indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Please consult your doctor if you are suffering from erectile dysfunction for its right treatment.
An improvement in urine flow can be seen in 4 to 8 hours after taking Alfatam. However, it may take 2 to 4 weeks for the full effect to come.
No,Alfatam is not a diuretic. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with sildenafil?
Special caution needs to be taken when Alfatam is taken along with sildenafil. Both are known to decrease blood pressure and can also cause orthostatic hypotension (fall in blood pressure when standing from a sitting position). So, when taken together they can cause a severe fall in blood pressure which can be harmful.
Alfatam is not an antibiotic. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with ibuprofen or paracetamol?
Alfatam can be taken with ibuprofen or paracetamol. No harmful side effects or other interactions have been seen when they are taken together.
Q. Can I use Alfatam with oxybutynin?
Alfatam can be taken with oxybutynin. Alfatam is given along when oxybutynin alone fails to control symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Oxybutynin helps in providing relief from symptoms of overactive bladder (urinary incontinence, urgency, and frequency).
Q. Is Alfatam better than silodosin?
Alfatam and silodosin belong to the same class of drugs and are equally good in relieving the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. However, Alfatam commonly causes postural hypotension and dose reduction is not needed in renal disease patients whereas silodosin more commonly causes retrograde ejaculation and its dose may need to be decreased in patients with renal disease.
Alfatam itself is not known to cause any cancers. It is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which can co-exist with prostate cancer. So, screening for prostate cancer should be done before and after starting the therapy
Alfatam contains sulfur molecule in its structure. Patients with a sulfa allergy should report it to the doctor prior to therapy with Alfatam. However, allergic reaction due to the drug has only been rarely reported.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with ciprofloxacin?
Alfatam and ciprofloxacin are not known to have any clinically relevant drug interactions. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking both the medicines together.
Alfatam helps in removal of kidney stones which are in the distal ureter. It works by relaxing the muscles of the urinary tract which causes an easy removal of the stones. It does not break the kidney stones. Use of Alfatam also decreases the need for painkillers.
Alfatam is not a beta blocker. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with pseudoephedrine?
Alfatam and pseudoephedrine are not known to have any meaningful interactions. However, they act by opposite mechanisms and produce opposite effects and hence you should consult your doctor before taking these medicines together because one can decrease the effect of the other.
Although Alfatam is not contraindicated if you have tachycardia, you should be very careful while taking this medicine as it can cause a fall in blood pressure which leads to increased heart rate (tachycardia).
Alfatam is not a blood-thinner. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with aspirin?
Alfatam and aspirin are not known to have any clinically relevant drug interactions. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking both the medicines together.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with vitamin D?
Yes, Alfatam can be taken with vitamin D. No harmful effects or any interactions have been reported when these are used together.
Alfatam is not a narcotic substance. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Do not stop taking Alfatam until you are asked by your doctor to do so. Continue taking it, even if you are feeling good. Alfatam needs to be stopped temporarily if you are undergoing any eye surgery like a cataract.
Yes, Alfatam is an alpha blocker. It is a specific alpha1-adrenergic receptor blocker and is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Alfatam with dutasteride?
Yes, Alfatam can be taken with dutasteride. This combination is safe, well tolerated and works well in decreasing the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Alfatam relaxes the bladder muscles and provides immediate relief by helping in free passage of urine and dutasteride decreases the size of the prostate and provides a long-term relief in symptoms.
Alfatam is contraindicated in patients with a history of allergy to Alfatam, history of postural hypotension (fall in blood pressure when getting up from sitting or lying down position) or severe liver disorders.
Alfatam causes peripheral blood vessel dilatation and pooling of blood in extremities leading to a fall in blood pressure on the sudden change in posture from lying down to sitting or standing. The patient experiences dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, spinning sensation, and vertigo. This can be prevented if the patient remains in the lying down position for a long time. So, it is preferred to take Alfatam at bedtime especially when therapy is initiated.
Alfatam causes peripheral blood vessel dilatation and pooling of blood in extremities causing fall in blood pressure on the sudden change in posture from lying down to sitting or standing. This makes patient experiences dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, spinning sensation, and vertigo.
Alfatam can be taken till the symptoms are under control. Some clinical studies have used Alfatam for as long as 6 years.
Q. Is Alfatam better than alfuzosin?
Alfatam and alfuzosin belong to the same class of drugs and are equally good in relieving the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. However, Alfatam is seen to cause more ejaculatory problems like retrograde ejaculation and anejaculation and has more chances of causing floppy iris syndrome which can affect the clinical outcomes in cataract surgery.
Q. Can I use Alfatam with antibiotics?
Alfatam should not be used with ketoconazole which is an antifungal as it can increase the levels of Alfatam and cause a fall in blood pressure. It is not known to have any significant interactions with other antibiotics.
Alfatam can cause floppy eye syndrome in which the muscles of the iris become floppy and the pupil constricts unexpectedly during cataract surgery. So, when the eye surgeon actually needs a dilated pupil, it will constrict and restrict the field of surgery and can affect the surgical outcomes.
Alfatam relaxes the smooth muscles of the blood vessels and this vasodilation of the blood vessels can cause a stuffy nose.
Alfatam is not an anti-inflammatory medicine. It is an alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker, used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It relaxes the muscles around the bladder exit and prostate gland which helps in easy passage of urine and also decreases the urge to urinate again and again.
Alfatam is not a hormone. It is an alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker, used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia by relaxing the muscles around the bladder exit and prostate gland.
Alfatam is not a nitrate. It is an alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker, used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia by relaxing the muscles around the bladder exit and prostate gland.
Alfatam is not a statin drug. It is an alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker, used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia by relaxing the muscles around the bladder exit and prostate gland.
Yes, like any other medicine, Alfatam has an expiry date. Please check the expiry date mentioned on the pack before taking the medicine.
Alfatam is not a pain killer. It is an alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker, used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia by relaxing the muscles around the bladder exit and prostate gland. However, Alfatam decreases the need for painkillers in a specific condition like kidney stones.
Q. Is Alfatam a safe drug?
Alfatam is safe if used for a prescribed duration in doses as prescribed by your physician. However, there are some very common side effects that you can experience with the dose advised, like a headache, nausea, and dyspepsia.
Alfatam is not a controlled substance. It's a prescription medicine and is available on providing a valid prescription by a doctor.
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