What is this medication?
Alpha 1 Blocker
Silodosin, Rapaflo is indicated for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
How does this medication work?
Silodosin, Rapaflo is a selective antagonist of alpha1A-adrenoreceptors in the prostate and bladder which reduces smooth muscle tone in the bladder neck and prostate. This results in an improvement of urine flow and decreased symptoms of BPH.
How should I take this medication?
Oral: 8 mg once daily
How to Take: Administer with a meal. Capsules may be opened, and the powder sprinkled onto a tablespoon of applesauce (not hot). The applesauce should be swallowed within 5 minutes without chewing and followed with 8 oz of cool water. Subdividing the capsule contents is not recommended. Do not store for future use.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Silodosin, Rapaflo make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you have hepatic impairment, renal impairment, prostate cancer, are pregnant, or breastfeeding. Silodosin, Rapaflo use has been associated with rare but serious adverse events such as floppy iris syndrome and orthostatic hypotension/syncope.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Retrograde ejaculation, orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, diarrhea
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only the most common
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