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Can Flomax Elevate Blood Pressure / Can flomax cause high

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Can Flomax Elevate Blood Pressure / Can flomax cause high blood pressure

Flomax is an alph-blocker, or a special type of medication that blocks the alpha receptors in your body. These alpha blockers, and most notably Flomax, is used to treat men with an enlarged prostate gland, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The effect is to reduce the problems that they have with urination. So can flomax cause high blood pressure?

Actually, Flomax can also be used in combination with other medications to treat hypertension when high blood pressure is difficult to control.

One of the side effects of using an alpha-blocker is that the blood pressure of the patient is often lowered slightly. This effect can be useful in patients who suffer not only from BPH but also from hypertension or high blood pressure. When Flomax is used in combination with other mild anti-hypertensive drugs (those used to decrease blood pressure) the patient receives two benefits from their medication. They have relief from the BPH and their blood pressure comes under control.

Patients may ask their physician can Flomax cause high blood pressure but even the side effects of the medication are caused by lowering the blood pressure of the patient and not raising it accidentally.

While alpha-blockers such as Flomax are a good combination drug in men with BPH they arent such a good choice as a first line medication for the treatment of hypertension. Flomax appears to be well tolerated with very mild side effects such as dizziness, heart palpitations and fainting. Most of the side effects can be avoided by taking the medication at bedtime and starting at low doses gradually working up to a higher dose if needed. The side effects are generally caused from low blood pressure symptoms so patients should be aware of getting up slowly from a lying or sitting position.

Other side effects include abnormal ejaculation, back pain, cough, diarrhea, infections, runny nose, sore throat, and sinus problems.

As with all medications there are interactions between Flomax and other medications that can be severe. Before taking any new medication in your routine you should always discuss the effects with your other medications with your doctor and your pharmacist. Doctors are well trained in the art of diagnosis and treatment while pharmacists specialize in the actions and interactions of medications.

When you are discussing can Flomax cause high blood pressure you should include any other medications including over the counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbals.


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