What is Tamsulosin?
Tamsulosin is a prescription medication used to treat symptoms of those with prostate enlargements, which are medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia. Men with enlarged prostates will at some point experience difficulty in urinating. And with Tamsulosin acting as an alpha-adrenergic blocker, relaxation and loosening of the blood vessels will result which will allow the normal flow of blood. Consequently, there will also be relaxation of the muscles around the urinary bladder and the prostate which greatly helps to normalize the flow of urine.
Urine flow is affected when a man has an enlarged prostate because this organ is located just underneath or below the bladder. When the prostate grows bigger, it will squeeze the bladder and tighten the muscles surrounding it, and disrupts the normal flow of urine. This creates for an uncomfortable situation for many men. Though they feel the urge to urinate, they will have difficulty emptying the bladder. To ease this uncomfortable feeling and to help those with enlarged prostates to get relief and be able to empty the bladder smoothly, Tamsulosin is prescribed. However, this drug will only help relax the muscles and blood vessels around the urinary bladder and the prostate but does not contribute in any way to reduce the prostate size. In severe cases, surgery may be the only option left.
Aside from treating the symptoms of prostatic enlargement, sometimes Tamsulosin is used in helping those with kidney stones. Using the same mechanism of relaxing the muscles surrounding the affected gland or organ, for this example – it’s the kidneys, stones may be able to pass a little more smoothly.
Though Tamsulosin is said to be generally well tolerated, it also has some side effects, just like any other drug. Some men who are taking this drug may feel like they’re fainting at times and this is due to a lowered blood pressure. Some will experience palpitations, headaches, dizziness, sore throat and nasal congestion among others. For proper dosage and advice, one must consult with his/her doctor to avoid complications.