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Rapaflo is an oral medication used to alleviate symptoms related to an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), such as difficulty in initiating urine flow, weak stream, and urinary frequency or urgency. It contains the active ingredient silodosin, which works as an antagonist of 1-adrenoceptors.
Rapaflo works by blocking alpha-1 adrenoreceptors which causes the smooth muscles in the tissues to relax. This does not shrink the prostate, but it can improve urine flow and alleviate other symptoms associated with BPH. Do not use Rapaflo to treat high blood pressure. It is available in the form of Rapaflo 4 mg and 8 mg capsules.
Uses and Dosage
Rapaflo (Silodosin) is available in capsule form and should be taken orally as prescribed by a doctor, usually once daily with a meal. If you have difficulty swallowing the capsule, you may sprinkle the contents of a capsule onto a tablespoon of cool, soft applesauce and swallow it right away within five minutes. Do not chew or save the mixture for future use, and do not use hot applesauce. A glass of cool water should be consumed after each dose.
Silodosin may cause a sudden drop in blood pressure, which may result in dizziness or fainting. The risk of this is higher when starting the medication, when increasing the dose, or when resuming therapy after discontinuation. During these times, avoid situations where fainting may result in injury.
To reduce the chances of injury from dizziness or fainting, the first dose of silodosin should be taken at bedtime with food so that the body can adjust to its effects. The dosage of the medication is determined by the medical condition and the individual's response to treatment.
Common Side Effects of Rapaflo (Silodosin):
- Abdominal discomfort
- Abnormal ejaculation
- Ejaculation problems
- Sinus pain
- Stuffy nose
Serious Side Effects of Rapaflo (Silodosin):
- Clay-colored stools
- Dark urine
- Hives, itching, rash
- Loss of appetite
- Pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin
- Skin blisters
- Stomach pain
- Unpleasant breath odor
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Vomiting of blood
- Yellow eyes or skin
Form and Strength
Rapaflo (Silodosin) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 4 mg
- 8 mg
- 4 mg
- 8 mg
- Rapaflo may cause a sudden drop in blood pressure, especially when going from lying down to a standing position. This can lead to dizziness or fainting. Caution should be exercised when rising from a sitting or lying position.
- Rapaflo may cause retrograde ejaculation, which is when semen flows back into the bladder instead of out through the penis during ejaculation. This may lead to decreased fertility. It is important to discuss any concerns with your doctor.
- Some people may experience an allergic reaction to the medication, which could manifest as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. Seek medical help immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
- Rapaflo may interact with other medications, including but not limited to alpha-blockers, phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, and drugs that affect liver enzymes. Be sure to inform your doctor of any other medications you are taking.
- Rapaflo is not intended for use in women, and studies on its safety and efficacy in women have not been conducted.
- The safety and efficacy of Rapaflo in children have not been established. It should only be used under the guidance of a doctor.
- Individuals with pre-existing conditions such as liver or kidney disease should exercise caution when taking Rapaflo and should discuss their conditions with their doctor.
- If you are scheduled to undergo cataract or glaucoma surgery, you should inform your doctor or eye surgeon that you are taking Rapaflo.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does Rapaflo (Silodosin) stay in your system?
The terminal half-life of this medication is 11 hours.
Can I take Rapaflo with other medications?
Rapaflo may interact with other medications, including alpha-blockers, phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, and drugs that affect liver enzymes. Be sure to inform your doctor of any other medications you are taking.
Can women take Rapaflo?
Rapaflo is not intended for use in women, and studies on its safety and efficacy in women have not been conducted.
Can children take Rapaflo?
The safety and efficacy of Rapaflo in children have not been established. It should only be used under the guidance of a doctor.
It's important to purchase Rapaflo from verified Canadian pharmacy.