Before taking Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, low blood pressure/fainting.
To avoid dizziness or fainting, get up slowly from a lying or seated position, especially when you first start taking Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg or if your doctor changes your dosing. Also, when you first start taking Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg, avoid situations where you may be injured if you faint.
Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
Before having cataract surgery, tell your doctor that you are taking Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg of if you have ever taken it. Before having any surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg.
Caution is advised when using Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg, especially dizziness.
During pregnancy, Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg is used to treat the symptoms of a prostate gland condition called BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as an enlarged prostate). Silodosin is an alpha-blocker that works by relaxing the muscles in the bladder neck and prostate. Relaxing these muscles leads to relief of symptoms of BPH such as the feeling of needing to urinate frequently or urgently, weak stream, difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, and the need to urinate during the middle of the night. Silodosin does not shrink the prostate.
Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg should not be used to treat high blood pressure.
Take Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg by mouth, usually once a day with a meal, or as directed by your doctor. Ask your doctor if you should take the first dose at bedtime to minimize the chances of getting dizzy or fainting. After the first dose, take your regularly scheduled dose with the same meal each day, or take exactly as directed by your doctor.
If you have difficulty swallowing Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg whole, you may sprinkle the entire contents of a capsule on a small amount (such as a tablespoon) of applesauce just before taking. Swallow the mixture immediately. 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.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Use Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen.
Dizziness or problems ejaculating may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: fainting, vision changes.
In the unlikely event you have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours, stop using Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg and seek immediate medical attention, or permanent problems could occur.
A very serious allergic reaction to Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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If you miss a dose of Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg include: other alpha-blocker drugs (such as doxazosin, prazosin), drugs for high blood pressure, drugs to treat erectile dysfunction-ED or pulmonary hypertension (such as sildenafil, tadalafil).
Other medications can affect the removal of Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg from your body, which may affect how Rapaflo (silodosin) 8mg works. Examples include azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole), cyclosporine, macrolide antibiotics (such as clarithromycin), HIV protease inhibitors (such as lopinavir, ritonavir), a certain combination HIV medication (elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir), among others.
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as antihistamines including diphenhydramine) because they may contain ingredients that cause dizziness or urinary problems. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.