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RAPAFLO

Rapaflo

Rapaflo helps to relax muscles in the prostate and bladder, which makes it easier to urinate.  Some men who have enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, may use this product to help them urinate.  The drug is a part of a group of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers. 

Warnings and Precautions

People considering taking Rapaflo should always consult with their doctor and receive a proper prescription.  Make sure to let your doctor know if you are planning to have cataract surgery and let your eye doctor know if you plan to take Rapaflo.  Men who have liver or kidney problems should not take the drug. Men who have had low blood pressure or symptoms of light-headedness, dizziness or fainting should not take Rapaflo.  Also be careful when first waking up or sitting up, you may feel very dizzy. Sit up slowly and carefully.

Uses

Rapaflo should only be used with a prescription.  It is used to treat male urinary problems due to enlarged prostate, also known as BPH.  It should not be used to treat high blood pressure. There are no approved uses for this drug in females.

Side Effects

The active ingredient in Rapaflo is called silodosin, which may involve some unwanted side effects.  They may come and go with time and as your body adapts to the drug. You should consult with your doctor regarding side effects. Taking Rapaflo with a meal can greatly reduce side effects.

They may include:

-cold sweats

-chills

-dizziness

-confusion

-stomach pain

-abdominal pain

-light-headedness or fainting when standing

-loss of appetite

-nausea

-purple or red spotted skin

-dark urine

-clay-colored stools

-itching

-headache

-fever

-yellowing eyes

-yellowing skin

-vomiting up blood

-skin blisters

-rash

-stuffy nose

-bad breath

-sore throat

-unusual fatigue

-unusual weakness

-diarrhea

-muscle aches

-change or problem with semen discharge

Interactions

You should consult with your doctor and tell them all the other medications you are taking with Rapaflo. All types of aspirin, fish oil, Lipitor, Plavix, simvastatin, lisinopril, metformin, gabapentin, and Vitamin D should all be monitored for interactions with Rapaflo.

Overdose

Always take Rapaflo exactly as your doctor prescribed.  You can also follow the directions on the label of your medicine. Your doctor may increase or decrease your dose when appropriate.  If you feel that you have overdosed, you may feel dizziness or faint. You should immediately call 911 or 1-800-222-1222 for the Poison Help line.


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