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Tamsulosin hydrochloride Zentiva 400 microgram prolonged-release hard capsules

Active Ingredient:
tamsulosin hydrochloride
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Last updated on emc: 14 Mar 2023
1. Name of the medicinal product

Tamsulosin hydrochloride Zentiva 400 microgram, prolonged-release hard capsules

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each capsule contains tamsulosin hydrochloride at an amount of 0.4 mg, which equals to tamsulosin 0.367 mg.

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Prolonged-release capsule, hard.

Hard gelatin capsules, no. 3 size with orange body and olive cap containing white to off-white pellets.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

4.2 Posology and method of administration


One capsule daily after breakfast or after the first daily meal.

Hepatic/renal impairment

No dose adjustment is warranted in renal impairment.

No dose adjustment is warranted in patients with mild to moderate hepatic insufficiency (see section 4.3).

Paediatric population

The safety and efficacy of tamsulosin hydrochloride in children < 18 years have not been established. Currently available data are described in section 5.1.

Method of administration

Oral use.

The capsule is swallowed whole, without crushing or chewing, because otherwise the controlled release of the active ingredient would be affected.

4.3 Contraindications

• Hypersensitivity to the active substance including drug-induced angioedema or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

• History of orthostatic hypotension.

• Severe hepatic insufficiency.

• Micturition syncope history

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

As with other α 1-adrenoceptors antagonists, a reduction in blood pressure can occur in individual cases during treatment with tamsulosin hydrochloride as a result of which, rarely, syncope can occur. At the first signs of orthostatic hypotension (dizziness, weakness), the patient should sit or lie down until the symptoms have disappeared.

Before therapy with tamsulosin hydrochloride is initiated, the patient should be examined in order to exclude the presence of other conditions, which can cause the same symptoms as benign prostatic hyperplasia. Digital rectal examination and, when necessary, determination of prostate specific antigen (PSA) should be performed before treatment and at regular intervals afterwards.

The treatment of patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance of < 10 ml/min) should be approached with caution, as these patients have not been studied.

Angioedema has been rarely reported after the use of tamsulosin. In case of angioedema, treatment should be discontinued immediately, the patient should be monitored until disappearance of the oedema, and tamsulosin should not be re-administered.

The 'Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome' (IFIS, a variant of small pupil syndrome) has been observed during cataract and glaucoma surgery in some patients on or previously treated with tamsulosin hydrochloride. IFIS may increase the risk of eye complications during and after the operation.

Discontinuing tamsulosin hydrochloride 1 – 2 weeks prior to cataract or glaucoma surgery is anecdotally considered helpful, but the benefit of treatment discontinuation has not yet been established. IFIS has also been reported in patients who had discontinued tamsulosin for a longer period prior to the surgery.

The initiation of therapy with tamsulosin hydrochloride in patients for whom cataract or glaucoma surgery is scheduled is not recommended. During pre-operative assessment, surgeons and ophthalmic teams should consider whether patients scheduled for cataract or glaucoma surgery are being or have been treated with tamsulosin in order to ensure that appropriate measures will be in place to manage the IFIS during surgery.

Tamsulosin hydrochloride should not be given in combination with strong inhibitors of CYP3A4 in patients with poor metaboliser CYP2D6 phenotype.

Tamsulosin hydrochloride should be used with caution in combination with strong and moderate inhibitors of CYP3A4 (see section 4.5).


This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per capsule, that is to say essentially 'sodium-free'.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Interaction studies have only been performed in adults.

No interactions have been seen when tamsulosin hydrochloride was given concomitantly with either atenolol, enalapril or theophylline. Concomitant cimetidine brings about a rise in plasma levels of tamsulosin, whereas furosemide a fall, but as levels remain within the normal range posology need not be adjusted.

In vitro, neither diazepam nor propranolol, trichlormethiazide, chlormadinon, amitriptyline, diclofenac, glibenclamide, simvastatin and warfarin change the free fraction of tamsulosin in human plasma. Neither does tamsulosin change the free fractions of diazepam, propranolol, trichlormethiazide and chlormadinon.

Diclofenac and warfarin, however, may increase the elimination rate of tamsulosin.

Concomitant administration of tamsulosin hydrochloride with strong inhibitors of CYP3A4 may lead to increased exposure to tamsulosin hydrochloride. Concomitant administration with ketoconazole (a known strong CYP3A4 inhibitor) resulted in an increase in AUC and Cmax of tamsulosin hydrochloride by a factor of 2.8 and 2.2, respectively.

Tamsulosin hydrochloride should not be given in combination with strong inhibitors of CYP3A4 in patients with poor metaboliser CYP2D6 phenotype.

Tamsulosin hydrochloride should be used with caution in combination with strong and moderate inhibitors of CYP3A4.

Concomitant administration of tamsulosin hydrochloride with paroxetine, a strong inhibitor of CYP2D6, resulted in a Cmax and AUC of tamsulosin that had increased by a factor of 1.3 and 1.6, respectively, but these increases are not considered clinically relevant.

Concurrent administration of other α 1-adrenoceptor antagonists could lead to hypotensive effects.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

Tamsulosin is not indicated for use in women.

Ejaculation disorders have been observed in short and long term clinical studies with tamsulosin. Events of ejaculation disorder, retrograde ejaculation and ejaculation failure have been reported in the post authorization phase.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed. However, patients should be aware of the fact that dizziness can occur.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Tabulated list of adverse reactions

The frequency of adverse reactions of tamsulosin listed below is defined using the following convention: Common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10); uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100); rare (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000); very rare (< 1/10,000), not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

MedDRA system organ class


Adverse reaction

Nervous system disorders


Dizziness (1.3%)





Eye disorders

Not known

Vision blurred*, visual impairment*

Cardiac disorders



Vascular disorders


Orthostatic hypotension

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders



Not known


Gastrointestinal disorders


Constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting

Not known

Dry mouth*

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders


Rash, pruritus, urticaria



Very rare

Stevens-Johnson syndrome

Not known

Erythema multiforme*, dermatitis exfoliative*

Reproductive system and breast disorders


Ejaculation disorder, retrograde ejaculation, ejaculation failure

Very rare


General disorders and administration site conditions



* Observed post-marketing.

During cataract and glaucoma surgery a small pupil situation, known as Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome (IFIS), has been associated with therapy of tamsulosin during post-marketing surveillance (see also section 4.4).

Post-marketing experience: In addition to the adverse events listed above, atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia, tachycardia and dyspnoea have been reported in association with tamsulosin hydrochloride use. Because these spontaneously reported events are from the worldwide post marketing experience, the frequency of events and the role of tamsulosin in their causation cannot be reliably determined.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at: or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

4.9 Overdose


Overdosage with tamsulosin hydrochloride can potentially result in severe hypotensive effects. Severe hypotensive effects have been observed at different levels of overdosing.


In case of acute hypotension occurring after overdosage cardiovascular support should be given. Blood pressure can be restored and heart rate brought back to normal by lying the patient down. If this does not help then volume expanders and, when necessary, vasopressors could be employed. Renal function should be monitored and general supportive measures applied. Dialysis is unlikely to be of help as tamsulosin is very highly bound to plasma proteins.

Measures, such as emesis, can be taken to impede absorption. When large quantities are involved, gastric lavage can be applied and activated charcoal and an osmotic laxative, such as sodium sulphate, can be administered.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic category: Urologicals: Drugs used in benign prostatic hypertrophy.

ATC code: G04CA02.

The product is designed exclusively for the treatment of diseases of the prostate.

Mechanism of action

Tamsulosin binds selectively and competitively to post-synaptic α 1-adrenoreceptors, prevailingly their subtypes designated α 1A and α 1D. Thus relaxation of smooth muscles of the prostate and urethra is achieved, which leads to a reduction of tonus and an improvement of the urinary flow.

Pharmacodynamic effects

Tamsulosin increases the maximum urinary flow. Due to relaxation of smooth muscles in the prostate and the urethra, obstruction is decreased, which leads to alleviation of voiding symptoms.

Tamsulosin also alleviates the storage symptoms in the development of which also the instability of the urinary bladder is involved at a significant extent. The effects on symptoms of filling and depletion of the urinary bladder persist during long-term treatment. The necessity of surgical treatment or catheterization is significantly delayed owing to these effects.

α 1-blockers can reduce blood pressure by lowering peripheral resistance. No reduction in blood pressure of any clinical significance was observed during studies with tamsulosin in normotensive patients.

Paediatric population

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, dose ranging study was performed in children with neuropathic bladder. A total of 161 children (with an age of 2 to 16 years) were randomized and treated at 1 of 3 dose levels of tamsulosin (low [0.001 to 0.002 mg/kg], medium [0.002 to 0.004 mg/kg], and high [0.004 to 0.008 mg/kg]), or placebo. The primary endpoint was number of patients who decreased their detrusor leak point pressure (LPP) to < 40 cm H2O based upon two evaluations on the same day. Secondary endpoints were: Actual and percent change from baseline in detrusor leak point pressure, improvement or stabilization of hydronephrosis and hydroureter and change in urine volumes obtained by catheterisation and number of times wet at time of catheterisation as recorded in catheterisation diaries. No statistically significant difference was found between the placebo group and any of the 3 tamsulosin dose groups for either the primary or any secondary endpoints. No dose response was observed for any dose level.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties


Tamsulosin is absorbed from the intestinal tract and its bioavailability is almost complete. The absorption of tamsulosin decreases if the product is administered shortly after the meal. The uniformity of absorption may be supported via using tamsulosin capsules always after the same daily meal.

Kinetics of tamsulosin is linear.

After a single dose of tamsulosin taken after a full meal, the peak plasma levels are achieved at approximately 6 hours. The steady state is reached by day five of multiple dosing, when Cmax in patients is about two thirds higher than that reached after a single dose. Although this has been demonstrated only in the elderly, the same result would also be expected in younger patients.

There are huge inter-patient variations in plasma levels of tamsulosin, both after single as well as multiple dosing.


In humans, approximately 99% of tamsulosin is bound to plasma proteins and its distribution volume is small (approximately 0.2 l/kg).


Tamsulosin has a low first pass metabolic effect. The majority of tamsulosin is present in plasma in an unchanged form. Tamsulosin is metabolized in the liver.

In studies on rats, an induction of microsomal liver enzymes induced by tamsulosin has not been practically observed.

In vitro results suggest that CYP3A4 and also CYP2D6 are involved in metabolism, with possible minor contributions to tamsulosin hydrochloride metabolism by other CYP isozymes. Inhibition of CYP3A4 and CYP2D6 drug metabolizing enzymes may lead to increased exposure to tamsulosin hydrochloride (see sections 4.4 and 4.5).

Dosage adjustment is not necessary in mild hepatic insufficiency.

The metabolites are not as effective and toxic as the active medicinal product itself.


Tamsulosin and its metabolites are mainly excreted in the urine; approximately 9% of the dose given is released in an unchanged form.

The elimination half-life of tamsulosin in patients is approximately 10 hours (when taken after a meal) and 13 hours in the steady state.

In case of renal affections, no reduction of tamsulosin doses is substantiated.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Toxicity after a single dose and multiple dosing has been investigated in mice, rats and dogs. Reproductive toxicity has also been investigated in rats, carcinogenicity in mice and rats, and genotoxicity in vivo and in vitro. The common toxicity profile with large doses of tamsulosin is equivalent to the pharmacological effect associated with alpha adrenergic antagonists.

Changes in ECG readings were found with very large doses in dogs. This is not, however, assumed to be of any clinical significance. Tamsulosin has not been found to have any significant genotoxic properties.

An increased incidence of proliferative alterations in the mammary glands of rat and mice females has been found. These findings, which are probably indirectly linked to hyperprolactinaemia and only occur as a result of large doses having been taken, are considered clinically insignificant.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Capsule content

Cellulose microcrystalline

Metacrylic acid – ethyl acrylate copolymer (1:1) dispersion 30% (contains sodium laurilsulfate, polysorbate 80)

Dibutyl sebacate

Silica, colloidal hydrous

Polysorbate 80

Calcium stearate

Capsule body


Titanium dioxide (E171)

Yellow iron oxide (E172)

Red iron oxide (E172)

Capsule cap


Titanium dioxide (E171)

Yellow iron oxide (E172)

Black iron oxide (E172)

Indigotine – FD&C Blue2 (E132)

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

3 years.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Store below 25 ° C.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Transparent PVC/PVDC-Al blister, folding box.

Size of package: 10, 20, 30, 50, 90, 100 capsules.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

No special requirements.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Zentiva Pharma UK Limited

12 New Fetter Lane

London EC4A 1JP

United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 17780/0805

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation



10. Date of revision of the text


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