What Is Silodosin Used For?

How Does It Work?

Silodosin is part of a class of drugs known as alpha blockers. In particular, it works by blocking 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, Silodosin helps to quickly relieve BPH symptoms. While silodosin can help with symptoms, it is not a cure for BPH.

Can It Be Used in Children or Teens?

Silodosin is not approved for use in children or teens (this makes sense, since BPH is a condition that occurs in older men).

Off-Label Uses of Silodosin

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend silodosin for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. Sometimes, medications like silodosin are used off-label for the following uses:
  • Improving sexual function in men with BPH
  • Treating premature ejaculation
  • Treating urinary retention (difficulty emptying the bladder) in women
  • Treating urinary problems associated with multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Helping with the passage of ureter stones (also known as bladder stones), which are kidney stones that have passed into the ureter (one of the tubes from the kidneys to the bladder).
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