Information about Silodosin

Silodosin Uses

Silodosin is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

How Silodosin works

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

Common side effects of Silodosin

Retrograde ejaculation, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Dizziness, Headache, Nasal congestion (stuffy nose), Diarrhea
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Available Medicine for Silodosin

SilodalSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
172 to ₹2552 variant(s)
SilofastCipla Ltd
287 to ₹4712 variant(s)
RapilifIpca Laboratories Ltd
163 to ₹3824 variant(s)
SildooDr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
173 to ₹3032 variant(s)
GeripodAlembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd
182 to ₹2632 variant(s)
SilotimeIntas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
135 to ₹2932 variant(s)
MaxvoidAlkem Laboratories Ltd
176 to ₹3812 variant(s)
SilocapOverseas Healthcare Pvt Ltd
2231 variant(s)
AlphaceptLupin Ltd
148 to ₹2412 variant(s)
ProstagardAristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
89 to ₹1592 variant(s)

Expert advice for Silodosin

  • Silodosin helps in relieving the symptoms of enlarged prostate. It does not decrease the size of the prostate.
  • Silodosin must be taken with food.
  • You will feel better within hours or days of starting the treatment. Full effect is usually seen within 2 weeks.
  • Silodosin may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • If you are scheduled to undergo an eye surgery due to cataract or glaucoma, inform your eye doctor about the usage of Silodosin.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.

Frequently asked questions for Silodosin

Silodosin

Q. Can Silodosin cause erectile dysfunction?

Silodosin usually does not affect erectile function. However, Silodosin may cause other sexual problems like ejaculatory dysfunction and failure to ejaculate. If you experience any side effects or uneasiness while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Q. When should I take Silodosin?

It is usually advised to take the dose of Silodosin daily with a meal. Prefer taking it at the same time of the day. In patients with any kidney impairment, the dose is reduced by the doctor. Patients who are unable to swallow the capsules can open the capsule and sprinkle the powder on a tablespoon of apple sauce. Consume this mixture immediately within 5 minutes without chewing and drink a glass of cool water immediately afterwards.

Q. What is Silodosin used for?

Silodosin is a medicine given for the treatment of difficulty in urination, urinary dribbling, a strong urge to urination, and frequent urination during the night. It is also used to relieve other symptoms associated with benign enlargement of the prostate gland. It works by reducing the tension in the muscles of the urinary tract like the prostate gland and urethra. It facilitates an easier flow of urine through the urethra, and hence, is very useful in men with difficulty of urination.

Q. Does Silodosin lower blood pressure?

Yes, Silodosin may cause a drop in blood pressure. This most commonly occurs while taking the first dose of this medicine. Hence, you should be cautious while driving, operating any machinery, or doing any important work during the initial days of treatment. Consult your doctor before you start taking this medication.

Q. Can I undergo cataract surgery while taking Silodosin?

In some cases, Silodosin has shown specific side effect on the eyes. It has been observed that during an eye surgery the iris tends to get floppy and pupil size becomes small in patients taking Silodosin. This makes the operation difficult and tedious. Hence, you should always inform your eye specialist about any history related to the use of Silodosin. Also, the doctor should be informed about all the medication that you are on before starting the treatment.

Q. Can I take sildenafil while taking Silodosin?

You must consult your doctor before you start taking these medications. Silodosin can sometimes cause low blood pressure and fainting. Taking sildenafil along with Silodosin can further deteriorate the condition. It could also lead to increased chances of drop in blood pressure in a few sensitive patients. As a result, there could be increase in chances of fainting which could be dangerous.

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