Symptoms of BPH
In studies of tamsulosin for BPH treatment, men were asked to rate the following symptoms of BPH:
- Incomplete bladder emptying
- Frequent urination
- Intermittent stops and starts in the urine flow
- Feeling of urgency when needing to urinate
- Weak urine stream
- Having to get up to urinate frequently during the night.
The men who took tamsulosin had significant improvement in their BPH symptoms, compared with the men who did not take it. This improvement was usually seen within the first week and lasted throughout the study period (13 weeks).
Men who took tamsulosin also had an improvement in the rate of urine flow. This increased flow rate was seen as early as the first week after starting BPH treatment with the medication and continued throughout the entire study.
When and How to Take TamsulosinSome general considerations for when and how to take tamsulosin include the following:
- The medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth once daily, 30 minutes after a meal.
- The capsules should be taken whole and should not be opened, chewed, or crushed.
- Tamsulosin should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Tamsulosin will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationWhen first starting tamsulosin (or if you have been off the drug for several days), the dose is 0.4 mg once daily. If the medication does not seem to be working after two to four weeks at this dose, your healthcare provider may increase your dose to 0.8 mg once daily.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Tamsulosin Dosing for more information.)