SALT INFORMATIONTamsulosin(0.4 mg)
Tamsulosin is used to improve urination in men with enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia).
How it works
Tamsulosin belongs to a group of medicines called alpha-blockers. It works by blocking the action of adrenalin, hence relaxes the muscles in the bladder and prostate, thereby relieving difficulty in urination.
Common side effects
Cough, Back pain, Stuffy or runny nose, Dizziness and sleepiness, Chills, Sore throat, Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, Allergic reactions e.g. rash, A feeling of weakness, Painful erection of the penis, Difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection or in ejaculating, Hives and itching, Allergic reactions like swelling of the face or mouth or lips, Blurred vision
Finasteride is used to relieve symptoms of elarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). It is also used for treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
How it works
Finasteride belongs to class of medications called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. It acts by inhibiting conversion of testosterone into the more potent androgen, dihydrotestosterone. This leads to reduction in prostate size, with improvement in urinary flow rate and in obstructive symptoms. It also reduces androgen activity in the scalp that stops hair growth.
Common side effects
Itching of skin, Problems with erection, Inability to achieve an erection, Allergic reactions, Infertility, Mood alterations with depressive symptom, Decreased sexual desire, Red raised itchy skin rash and swelling of the lips and face, Palpitation, Breast tenderness and enlargement, Decreased volume of ejaculate, Testicular pain, Including rash, Pale, Increase liver enzyme
- Take the drug 30 minutes after the same meal every day.
- You may feel very dizzy when you first wake up. Be careful when standing or sitting up from a lying position.
- Do not start or continue the tamsulosin tablets and consult your doctor If you are allergic to tamsulosin, soya, peanut or to any of the other ingredients of tablet/capsule.
- Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly without consulting your doctor.
- Tamsulosin lowers blood pressure and may cause dizziness or fainting, especially when you first start taking it, or when you start taking it again. Call your doctor if you have severe dizziness or feel like you might pass out.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is tamsulosin/ Flomax/ Veltam available over the counter?
No. Tamsulosin/ Flomax/ Veltam is not available over the counter. It is a prescription drug.
Q. Is tamsulosin a steroid/ a diuretic?
No. Tamsulosin is not a steroid or diuretic. It is an alpha blocker.
Q. Can I take tamsulosin with Cialis/ tadalafil/ finasteride/ ibuprofen/ sildenafil/ Viagra/ paracetamol/Tylenol/ Sudafed/ aspirin/, ciprofloxacin?
There are no confirmed studies about any interaction between tamsulosin and finasteride/ ibuprofen/ paracetamol/ Sudafed/ aspirin/ ciprofloxacin. However when tamsulosin is taken along with tadalafil or sildenefil the blood pressure may get lowered. Consult your doctor before use.
Q. Does tamsulosin cause weight gain?
There is no confirmed evidence about tamsulosin causing weight gain. However the effect may vary with the individual taking the medicine.
Q. Does tamsulosin lower prostate specific antigen?
Tamsulosin can lower the prostate specific antigen. However the effect may vary with the individual taking the medicine.
Q. Does tamsulosin shrink prostate?
Tamsulosin is used to treat symptoms of enlarge prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia), however tamsulosin does not shrink the prostate.
Q. Does tamsulosin contain sulfa?
Yes, tamsulosin contains sulpha (sulphur moiety, sulphonamide). Please consult your doctor prior to taking tamsulosin, if you have any allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives (sulfa allergy).
Q. Is finasteride a steroid?
No, it belongs to class of medication called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.
Q. Is finasteride FDA approved?
Finasteride is approved by FDA. for the treatment and control of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in patients with an enlarged prostate and also in treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
Q. Is finasteride 5mg/Proscar/finasteride 1mg safe?
Finasteride 5mg/Proscar/finasteride 1 mg is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is finasteride available as over the count drug?
No, it is available as prescription drug.
Q. Is finasteride is available in India?
Yes, finasteride is available in India.
Q. Can I take proscar for hair loss?
No, Proscar (finasteride 5mg) is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take finasteride with biotin/ antidepressant/ testosterone/ alcohol/ vitamins/ tamsulosin/ steroids?
No clinically significant drug interaction has been observed with these drugs. Patients should follow doctor’s advice for its use.
Q. Can I take finasteride with food?
Yes, it can be taken with or without food. Patient should fallow doctor’s advice regarding the same.
Q. Can finasteride regrow hair?
Finasteride (1 mg)/Propacia (1 mg) is used in the treatment of male pattern hair loss.
Q. Does finasteride cause depression/infertility/weight gain/ impotence/lower testosterone/lower blood pressure/shedding?
Finasteride may cause impotence, infertility. Always follow doctor’s advice regarding possible side effect.