Tamsulosin belongs to a family of drugs known as alpha-adrenergic blockers which function to relax the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck making it easier to urinate. It is used to ease urination in men with enlarged prostates but may also be used for other purposes.
Do not use this drug if you are allergic to this or any other alpha-adrenergic blocker.
It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as side effects may be greatly increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before starting it is suggested that you advise your physician if you are allergic to any other drugs or substances, if you have a history of prostate cancer, if you have eye surgery planned or if you are pregnant, plan to be so or breast feeding.
Less serious side effects are mild dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, diarrhea, back pain, blurred vision, dental problems, insomnia, decreased sex drive, runny nose, sore throat or cough. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are feeling faint, chest pain, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, too long penis extension, hives, difficult breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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