What is a Patient Information Leaflet and why is it useful?

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.

Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet. The original leaflet can be viewed using the link above.

The text only version may be available in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call emc accessibility on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL 00015/0280 .

Flomax Relief MR

Package Leaflet: Information for the User

FLOMAX relief® MR

Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you. This medicine is available from your pharmacist without prescription. You will need to see your doctor within 6 weeks of starting treatment, in order to confirm that you can take FLOMAX RELIEF long-term from your pharmacist. You need to take FLOMAX RELIEF as instructed in this leaflet to get the best results from it.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
  • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice, or you do not understand the instructions
  • You must contact your pharmacist or doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment
  • If a side effect occurs and gets troublesome, or seems serious, or if you experience any side effect not listed in this leaflet, tell your doctor or pharmacist

In this leaflet

1. What FLOMAX RELIEF is and what it is used for
2. Before you take FLOMAX RELIEF
3. How to take FLOMAX RELIEF
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store FLOMAX RELIEF
6. Further information

1. What FLOMAX RELIEF is and what it is used for

The name of your medicine is FLOMAX RELIEF MR. FLOMAX RELIEF is a modified release capsule which contains a medicine called tamsulosin. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘alpha blockers’ (or alpha1A-adrenoceptor antagonists).

FLOMAX RELIEF is used to treat the lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) of a common condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This is when the prostate gland gets bigger. The prostate gland is found just below a man’s bladder. When your prostate gland gets bigger, it can:

  • Make it difficult for you to start urinating (peeing)
  • Mean you take longer or have to urinate more often
  • Lead to the feeling that you still need to urinate again, even though you have just done so
  • Cause you to get up several times in the night to urinate

FLOMAX RELIEF relieves these problems by:

  • Relaxing the muscles in the prostate gland
  • Relaxing the muscles in the urethra (the tube from the bladder to the outside of the body). This lets urine pass more freely through the urethra, making it easier to urinate.

2. Before you take FLOMAX RELIEF

FLOMAX RELIEF should be used only by men who are 45 to 75 years of age.

Do not take these capsules if:

  • You are allergic (hypersensitive) to tamsulosin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in Section 6 below)
  • You are taking certain medicines prescribed by your doctor (see “Taking other medicines” below)
  • You have problems with your heart, liver, or kidneys
  • You faint or get dizzy or weak when you sit or stand up suddenly
  • You have had your symptoms for less than three months
  • You have pain when you urinate, or your urine was cloudy or bloody, at sometime in the last three months
  • You have a fever due to an infection of your kidneys or bladder (urinary tract infection)
  • You have leaking of your urine which you are unable to control (incontinence)
  • You think you have diabetes and it is not properly controlled
  • You have had prostate surgery
  • You have recently had blurred or cloudy vision and have not been examined by your doctor or optician
  • You are about to undergo eye surgery for cataract or glaucoma (see Eye surgery below)

Do not take FLOMAX RELIEF if any of the above apply to you, without first consulting your doctor. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking these capsules.

Taking other medicines

Please tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines.

This includes medicines that you can buy without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because FLOMAX RELIEF can affect the way that some other medicines work and some other medicines can affect the way that FLOMAX RELIEF works.

In particular, tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are taking:

  • Medicines to lower your blood pressure such as verapamil and diltiazem
  • Medicines to treat HIV such as ritonavir or indinavir
  • Medicines to treat a fungal infection such as ketoconazole or itraconazole
  • Other alpha-blockers such as doxazosin, indoramin, prazosin, or alfuzosin
  • Erythromycin, an antibiotic used to treat infections

Tell your doctor or dentist that you are on FLOMAX RELIEF before any operation or dental procedure as there is a potential that your medicine may interfere with the effects of the anaesthetic.

Driving and using machines

If you feel weak or dizzy or have blurred vision while taking this medicine, do not drive or use machines.

Eye surgery

  • Do not start taking FLOMAX RELIEF now if you are about to have an operation on your eye for cloudiness of the lens (cataract) or glaucoma (high pressure inside the eye)
  • Please tell your eye specialist if you have ever taken tamsulosin. The operation may need to be performed differently
  • If you are currently taking FLOMAX RELIEF, ask your doctor if you should stop taking it for a short time

3. How to take FLOMAX RELIEF

Taking this medicine

  • Take one capsule each day
  • Take it at the same time each day, after a meal
  • Swallow the capsule whole with water
  • Do not crush, chew, or open the capsules

Make a note of the date you start taking FLOMAX RELIEF.

After 2 weeks

If you are using FLOMAX RELIEF for the first time and you have not got any better after 2 weeks, or if you get worse, you must stop taking this medicine and ask your pharmacist or doctor for further advice.

Within 6 weeks

You should see your doctor within 6 weeks of starting treatment to confirm that your symptoms are due to BPH.

Every 12 months

You should see your doctor every 12 months to check your prostate. See the doctor sooner if your symptoms change or get worse.

If you forget to take this medicine

  • Take your capsule later the same day after food
  • If you have missed a dose, just take your daily capsule on the next day at the usual time
  • Do not take two capsules to make up for a forgotten capsule

If you take more of this medicine than you should, talk to a doctor or pharmacist straight away.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, FLOMAX RELIEF can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Serious side effects are rare or very rare. Stop taking this medicine and see a doctor straight away if you experience any of the following symptoms - you may need medical treatment:

  • Allergic reaction - (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people). The signs may include finding it difficult to breathe, having an itchy rash, having a swollen face, throat, or tongue
  • Long-lasting and painful erection (usually not during sexual activity) - affects less than 1 in 10,000 people
  • A severe skin reaction with symptoms that could include skin blistering and exfoliation (known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme, or exfoliative dermatitis). It is very rare, affecting less than 1 in 10,000 people (or of unknown frequency).

The following side effects have also been reported:

Especially when you sit or stand up

  • Feeling dizzy (common - affects less than 1 in 10 people)
  • Feeling weak (uncommon - affects less than 1 in 100 people)

If this happens, sit or lie down straight away until you feel better.

Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)

  • Little or no semen during ejaculation.

Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)

  • Headache
  • Fast or uneven heart beat (palpitations)
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Feeling sick or being sick
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Itching or lumpy rash (urticaria)

Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)

  • Feeling faint

Very rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)

  • During an operation on the eye for cloudiness of the lens (cataract) or high pressure in the eye (glaucoma), the pupil (the black circle in the middle of your eye) may not increase in size as needed. Also, the iris (the coloured part of the eye) may become floppy during surgery.

Not Known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)

  • Blurred vision or impaired vision
  • Nose bleeds
  • Dry mouth

Other possible side effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart rhythm disorders

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store FLOMAX RELIEF

  • Keep out of the reach and sight of children
  • Do not use the capsules after the expiry date which is stated on the base of the pack
  • FLOMAX RELIEF does not require any special storage conditions

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.

6. Further information

What FLOMAX RELIEF contains

  • The active substance is tamsulosin hydrochloride. Each capsule contains 0.4 mg
  • The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose, methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate copolymer, polysorbate, sodium laurilsulfate, triacetin, calcium stearate, and talc. These all help to make the granules which are in the capsule
  • The capsule shell contains gelatin, and is coloured with indigotin (E132), titanium dioxide (E171), and yellow and red iron oxide (E172); printing ink is shellac, propylene glycol, and black iron oxide (E172)

What FLOMAX RELIEF looks like and contents of the pack

FLOMAX RELIEF capsules have an orange body and an olive-green cap. The capsules come in packs of 14 and 28 capsules, suitable for 14 and 28 days treatment, respectively.

The Marketing Authorisation is held by:

One Onslow Street
United Kingdom
Tel: 0845 372 7101

The capsules are manufactured by:

Astellas Pharma Europe B.V.
Sylviusweg 62
2333 BE Leiden
The Netherlands

This leaflet was last revised in July 2018.

Assessing your symptoms

Your urinary symptoms can be assessed using a questionnaire which you will be asked to complete when you first purchase FLOMAX RELIEF. The symptoms questionnaire is available from your pharmacy or can be printed out from the website www.flomaxrelief.co.uk

Learn More about Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

To learn more about BPH visit www.flomaxrelief.co.uk where you will also find a “Prostate Health Information Leaflet” which can be printed out. As well as general information on BPH this leaflet includes a ‘Treatment Calendar’ to help you remember what to do and when, and a letter for you to take to your doctor after you have first started treatment with Flomax.

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