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Last Updated 12 Feb 2014

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Tabphyn MR 400microgram capsules

Tabphyn MR (tab-fin M R) is a medicine which is used in benign prostatic hyperplasia. Tabphyn MR contains tamsulosin hydrochloride. It is supplied by ProStrakan.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Tabphyn mr varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

Tabphyn MR 400microgram capsules

Information specific to Tabphyn MR 400microgram capsules when used in benign prostatic hyperplasia

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Your medicine

Tabphyn MR relaxes the muscles surrounding the prostate gland in males. Tabphyn MR can be used to help males who have an enlarged prostate to pass urine more easily.

Other information about Tabphyn MR:

  • if you are about to have cataract surgery you may need to stop taking Tabphyn MR before you can have your operation. For more information speak to a member of your medical team

Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.

The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should take. It also tells you how often you should take your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should take. You should not change the dose of your medicine unless you are told to do so by your prescriber.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber.

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When to take your medicine

Some medicines work best if they are taken at a specific time of day. Getting the most from your medicine can also be affected by what you eat, when you eat and the times at which you take other medicines.

In the case of Tabphyn MR:

  • Tabphyn MR should be taken in the morning after breakfast or the first meal of the day
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How to take your medicine

Some medicines have specific instructions about how to take them. This is because they work better when taken correctly. These instructions can include getting the right dose and special instructions for preparing the medicine.

In the case of Tabphyn MR:

  • swallow the medicine whole with a glass of water
  • take Tabphyn MR when sitting or standing. Do not take it when lying down
  • do not break or open the capsules

If you are having problems taking this form of Tabphyn MR, you should talk to your prescriber or pharmacist. They may be able to give you advice on other ways to take your medicine or other preparations that are easier for you to take.

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Taking too much of your medicine

Taking extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems. If you take extra doses of your medicine, you must get medical advice immediately. You may need a test to assess the effect of taking extra doses. This is because the effects of taking too much medicine are very complex so it is very important that you seek medical advice.

Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111 for advice.

Make sure you take all of your medicine containers with you if you are advised to go to hospital.

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Stopping your medicine

Suddenly stopping your medicine may cause your original condition to return. This is why you must speak to your prescriber if you are having any problems taking your medicine.

If you are not having any problems taking this medicine then do not stop taking it, even if you feel better, unless advised to do so by your prescriber.

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Looking after your medicine

The instructions on how you should keep your medicine are on the pharmacy label. You should keep your medicine in the original container. This will help to keep your medicine in the best condition and also allow you to check the instructions. Do not take the medicine if the packaging appears to have been tampered with or if the medicine shows any signs of damage. Make sure that the medicine is out of the sight and reach of children.

In the case of Tabphyn MR:

  • if your medicine comes in a blister pack store in the original pack to protect it from moisture
  • if your medicine comes in a bottle make sure that the container is closed tightly
  • to protect it from moisture

You must not take the medicine after the expiry date shown on the packaging. If you have any unused medicine, return it to your pharmacist who will dispose of it safely.

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Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Tabphyn MR is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for someone who is under 18 years of age.

As part of the process of assessing suitability to take this medicine a prescriber may also arrange tests:

  • to determine whether or not the medicine is suitable and whether it must be prescribed with extra care
  • to check that this medicine is not having any undesired effects

Over time it is possible that Tabphyn MR can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Tabphyn MR has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

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A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.

Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.

Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.

Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.

Common: More than 1 in 100 people who take Tabphyn MR:

  • ejaculation problems
  • feeling dizzy - you should sit or lie down if you feel dizzy

Uncommon: More than 1 in 1000 people who take Tabphyn MR:

Rare: More than 1 in 10,000 people who take Tabphyn MR:

  • angioedema - stop taking Tabphyn MR and seek immediate medical advice if you develop any swelling or oedema of any kind
  • fainting or brief loss of consciousness - you should sit or lie down if you feel faint

Very rare: Fewer than 1 in 10,000 people who take Tabphyn MR:

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown:

  • breathing difficulties
  • eye or eyesight problems - these have been reported in people who have been taking Tabphyn MR before cataract surgery
  • heart problems
  • lowered blood pressure

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call 111.

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Taking other medicines

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. At times your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, in other cases this may not be appropriate.

The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.

Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.

The following medicines may interact with Tabphyn MR:

The following types of medicine may interact with Tabphyn MR:

If you are taking Tabphyn MR and one of the above medicines or types of medicines, make sure your prescriber knows about it.

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Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Tabphyn MR.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

In the case of Tabphyn MR:

  • this medicine could affect your ability to drive or operate machinery

You should see how this medicine affects you before you judge whether you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt about whether you should drive or operate machinery, talk to your prescriber.

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Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Tabphyn MR:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when taking Tabphyn MR
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Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Tabphyn MR:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Tabphyn MR
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Family planning and pregnancy

This medicine must not be taken by women so its effects in pregnancy are not relevant.

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This medicine must not be taken by women so its effects on breast-feeding are not relevant.

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Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine's taste and appearance and to make it easier to take. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

You should check that you are able to take the ingredients in your medicine, especially if you have any allergies.

Tabphyn MR contains:

  • black iron oxide (E172)
  • indigotine E132
  • methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate copolymer
  • microcrystalline cellulose
  • polysorbate 80
  • propylene glycol
  • red iron oxide (E172)
  • shellac
  • sodium lauril sulfate
  • talc
  • titanium dioxide (E171)
  • triethyl citrate
  • yellow iron oxide (E172)

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Tabphyn MR before, do not take Tabphyn MR. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

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Tabphyn MR, Version 3, last updated 12 Feb 2014