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Tamsulosin HCl - Overview
Tamsulosin hydrochloride, marketed under the name Flomax, is a type of alpha adrenoceptor antagonist used in the management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Push Health can connect people who need a tamsulosin prescription with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe the medication if it is safe and appropriate to do so.
What Is Tamsulosin Used For?
What is tamsulosin used for? Tamsulosin is an antagonist of alpha adrenoceptors and is indicated for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Specifically, tamsulosin interacts with receptors in the human prostate gland that regulate smooth muscle tone which impact urine flow rate and symptoms related to BPH. Tamsulosin's mechanism of action on the prostate is different from that of finasteride. Tamsulosin is sometimes used in combination with the medication dutasteride. Tamsulosin is similar to the medications alfuzosin, doxazosin, prazosin and Rapaflo.
Tamsulosin - Dosage and Cost
Tamsulosin is typically prescribed in the form tamsulosin hydrochloride (tamsulosin HCl). Tamsulosin HCl itself is found as white crystals that are slightly soluble in water and is mostly absorbed after oral administration while fasting. The maximum concentration is generally achieved within five hours in these conditions and tamsulosin HCl binds extensively to proteins in the plasma. The elimination half-life of tamsulosin HCl is typically between five and seven hours. Most tamsulosin is eventually excreted in the urine but some can also be found in the feces. Tamsulosin is considered affordable at under forty cents per pill at many pharmacies. Additionally, the cost of tamsulosin may be covered by some insurance plans and tamsulosin coupons may be available to help cover other medication costs.
Can I Buy Tamsulosin Online?
Tamsulosin HCl is a prescription medication in the US which means that they are not available over-the-counter and one cannot legally buy tamsulosin online. Instead, a prescription for tamsulosin needs to be written by a licensed medical provider before a pharmacy can dispense the medication. Push Health helps people who might need a tamsulosin prescription connect with licensed medical providers who can prescribe tamsulosin when clinically appropriate.
Tamsulosin - Side Effects
Tamsulosin (can cause side effects when used. Side effects related to tamsulosin use include, but are not limited to, headache, dizziness, rhinitis, orthostasis, diarrhea and nausea. Tamsulosin should not be used by anyone who has had a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to the medication previously. Tamsulosin HCl should not be used as an antihypertensive medication. Tamsulosin and alcohol use should be avoided. It is recommended that all people considering using tamsulosin discuss side effects and other concerns with their pharmacist and medical provider before use.
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Last updated February 25, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.