Wednesday, August 23, 2006

More information about flomax.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Flomax?

Before taking Flomax, tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions or if you take any other medications. You may not be able to take Flomax, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.

Flomax is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. However, Flomax is not indicated for use by women and should not be taken by women.

It is not known whether Flomax could be harmful to a nursing baby. However, Flomax is not indicated for use by women and should not be taken by women.
How should I take Flomax?

Take Flomax exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Do not crush, chew, or open the capsules. Swallow them whole.

Flomax is usually taken once a day, approximately one-half hour after the same meal each day. Follow your doctor's instructions.

If dizziness occurs, taking Flomax after the evening meal may be helpful.

It is important to take Flomax regularly to get the most benefit.

If treatment with Flomax is missed or stopped for several days in a row, contact your healthcare provider before restarting the medication. A lower dose may be necessary.

Your doctor may want you to have blood tests or other medical evaluations during treatment with Flomax to monitor progress and side effects.

Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose of Flomax?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of the medication. If treatment with Flomax is missed or stopped for several days in a row, contact your healthcare provider before restarting the medication. A lower dose may be necessary.
What happens if I overdose with Flomax?

Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.

Symptoms of a Flomax overdose include weakness; dizziness; fainting; a weak, fast pulse; cold, clammy skin; and, possibly, loss of consciousness or coma.

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