Silodosin

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Silodosin?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Silodosin to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does It Work?

Silodosin is part of a class of drugs known as alpha blockers. There are a few different kinds of alpha receptors in the body, and this medication works mostly at alpha-1 receptors. Alpha-1 receptors are found in several places of the body, including the prostate gland.
 
When used for the treatment of BPH, alpha-1 blockers help to relax the muscles of the prostate and the bladder neck (where urine leaves the bladder). Silodosin does not shrink the prostate, as some other BPH medications do. However, by relaxing the muscles of the prostate and bladder, it helps to quickly relieve BPH symptoms. While this medication can help with symptoms, it is not a cure for BPH.
 
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