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Silodosin is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

How it works

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

Common side effects

Headache, Dizziness, Back pain, Blurred vision, Decreased libido, Sinus inflammation, Running nose, Sleepiness, Weakness, Insomnia, Ejaculation disorder, Nausea, Infection, Pharyngitis, tooth disorders, Diarrhoea, Cough, Chest pain

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Expert advice

  • Do not start or continue silodosin and consult your doctor If you are allergic to silodosin or other alpha blockers, or any other ingredients of this medicine.
  • Avoid standing up suddenly from bed; dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting may occur when you get up too quickly from a lying position.
  • Silodosin can make you drowsy or dizzy especially the first few times that you take it; and, therefore, caution has to be taken before operating an automobile or machinery or engaging in activities requiring mental alertness and coordination.
  • Silodosin is recommended for use in BPH, hence it will be used only by men.

Frequently asked questions


Q. What is silodosin used for?
Silodosin is used for the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy, which is a non-cancerous enlargement of prostate causing symptoms during urination like hesitancy, incomplete emptying, weak stream, increased urgency and frequency, and increased urination in the night

Q. Does silodosin contain sulfa?
No, it does not contain sulfa

Q. How does silodosin work?
It blocks the alpha-1 receptors located in the muscles of human prostate, urinary bladder and urethra and relaxes It works by relieving symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy by relaxing these muscles of prostate and bladder, resulting in an improvement in urine flow and a reduction in BPH symptoms.

Content on this page was last updated on 20 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)