April 23, 2014
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ratio-Tamsulosin

(tamsulosin)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02294265 RATIO-TAMSULOSIN 0.4 MG CAPSULE

How does ratio-Tamsulosin work? What will it do for me?

Tamsulosin belongs to a group of medications known as alpha 1A receptor antagonists. It is used to treat symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia [BPH]).

As the prostate gland enlarges, it can put pressure on the urethra, the tube that carries urine away from the bladder to be expelled. This causes a weak urine stream or a feeling of not being able to empty the bladder completely. Tamsulosin helps to relax the muscles in the prostate and the opening of the bladder. This helps the stream of urine to flow more freely and the bladder to be emptied completely.

Tamsulosin does not shrink the prostate gland. Therefore, although symptoms are improved with treatment, prostate surgery may still be needed some time in the future if the prostate gland continues to enlarge.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use ratio-Tamsulosin?

The recommended dose for tamsulosin is 0.4 mg once daily. Depending on response, your doctor may recommend increasing the dose to 0.8 mg once daily.

The dose should be taken approximately ½ hour after the same meal each day.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is the next day before you remember, skip the missed dose and continue on with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

If doses are missed for several days at either the 0.4 mg or 0.8 mg dose, therapy should be restarted at the 0.4 mg dosage.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does ratio-Tamsulosin come in?

Each hard gelatin sustained release capsule with an orange-coloured body and olive-coloured cap, with a black line at the top of the cap and of the body, imprinted with the code "TSL 0.4" with black ink on the cap and filled with white to off-white pellets, contains tamsulosin HCl 0.4 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate copolymer (polysorbate 80, sodium lauryl sulphate), microcrystalline cellulose, talc and triethylcitrate; shell: black iron oxide, FD&C Blue No. 2, gelatin, red iron oxide, titanium dioxide, and yellow iron oxide; imprinting ink: antifoam, black iron oxide, shellac glaze, and soya lecithin.

Who should NOT take ratio-Tamsulosin?

Tamsulosin should not be taken by anyone who:

  • is allergic to tamsulosin or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • is a child
  • is a woman

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