Silodosin is used by men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia-BPH). It does not shrink the prostate, but it works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and the bladder. This helps to relieve symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, weak stream, and the need to urinate often or urgently (including during the middle of the night).Silodosin belongs to a class of drugs known as alpha blockers.Do not use this medication to treat high blood pressure.
How to use Silodosin
If you have difficulty swallowing this medication whole, you may sprinkle the entire contents of a capsule on a small amount (such as a tablespoon) of cool soft applesauce just before taking. Swallow the mixture right away (within 5 minutes). Do not chew the mixture, and do not save it for future use. Do not use hot applesauce. Drink a glass of cool water after each dose.
Silodosin may cause a sudden drop in your blood pressure, which could lead to dizziness or fainting. This risk is higher when you first start taking this drug, after your doctor increases your dose, or if you restart treatment after you stop taking it. During these times, avoid situations where you may be injured if you faint.
To avoid injury from dizziness or fainting, your doctor may tell you to take your first dose of silodosin with food at bedtime so that your body can get used to its effects.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it with the same meal each day.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
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