What is Tamsulosin?
Tamsulosin is a simple capsule that treats the symptoms of BPH, like often needing to urinate or having problems urinating. It also treats an overactive bladder in general.
It’s common for men’s prostates to become larger as they age and it’s usually harmless. But the prostate being larger can put pressure on the bladder and the urethra, which causes a range of symptoms. These effects are sometimes called lower urinary tract symptoms, or LUTS.
While Tamsulosin doesn’t shrink your prostate, it does ease the muscles around it and in your bladder. This gives you greater control of your symptoms so you can live life freely again.
How does Tamsulosin work?
Tamsulosin is a type of medication called an alpha 1 blocker. It targets the alpha 1 receptors in your prostate and the neck of your bladder, stopping them from working in the same way. This allows the muscles to relax.
This makes it easier to urinate and to empty your bladder completely when you do. So it helps reduce your urgency and makes it easier to start. So Tamsulosin can help ease your symptoms of urinary problems whether they’re caused by BPH or not.
What doses of Tamsulosin are there?
Tamsulosin comes as 400mcg capsules, and you’ll usually only take one a day. A higher dose of Tamsulosin isn’t usually recommended, because it’s a powerful medication. So if 400mcg isn’t enough to control your symptoms, go back and talk to your clinician. There might be another treatment that suits you better.
Lifestyle changes can also help your treatment to work better. Avoiding caffeine, drinking fewer fluids in the evening and making sure your bladder is empty after you go to the bathroom will all help to reduce the likelihood of you getting symptoms.
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