Symptoms of overdose may include extreme dizziness or fainting.
If you suspect an overdose, you should contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
You can get in touch with a poison control center at (800) 222-1222.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to Calmesosyn or similar medicines such as alfuzosin (Uroxatral), prazosin (Minipress), silodosin (Rapaflo), tamsulosin (Flomax), or terazosin (Hytrin).
To make sure Calmesosyn is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines);
liver disease; or
low blood pressure.
Calmesosyn can affect your pupils during cataract surgery. Tell your eye surgeon ahead of time that you are using this medication. Do not stop using this medicine before surgery unless your surgeon tells you to.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether Calmesosyn passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Q: Is Calmesosyn good for high blood pressure? I have heard that it is really for the prostate, but I have been using it for high blood pressure with good results.
A: Calmesosyn is approved by the FDA for both hypertension (high blood pressure) and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). Calmesosyn causes the blood vessels (veins and arteries) to relax and expand, improving blood flow. Calmesosyn also relaxes muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, making it easier to urinate. You may also find helpful information at //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Calmesosyn
By Julie Marks | Medically Reviewed by Ruthan White, PharmD
Latest Update: 2014-09-03 Copyright © 2014 Everyday Health Media, LLC
How to take Calmesosyn
- Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from ins >
Why is this medication prescribed?
Calmesosyn is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. It is also used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Calmesosyn is in a class of medications called alpha-blockers. It relieves the symptoms of BPH by relaxing the muscles of the bladder and prostate. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily through the body.
High blood pressure is a common condition and when not treated, can cause damage to the brain, heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of the body. Damage to these organs may cause heart disease, a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, loss of vision, and other problems. In addition to taking medication, making lifestyle changes will also help to control your blood pressure. These changes include eating a diet that is low in fat and salt, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising at least 30 minutes most days, not smoking, and using alcohol in moderation.
COMMON BRAND(S): Cardura XL
GENERIC NAME(S): Calmesosyn
Calmesosyn is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia-BPH). It does not shrink the prostate, but it works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and part of the bladder. This helps to relieve symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, weak stream, and the need to urinate frequently or urgently (including during the middle of the night).
Calmesosyn belongs to a class of drugs known as alpha blockers.
This medication should not be used to treat high blood pressure.
Rated Calmesosyn for Hypertension Report
taking 8mg initially kept my bp near 100/65. after taking the drug for 6yr, i began fainting. nausea, weakness, difficulty breathing
Warnings for people with certain health conditions
For people with liver problems: Calmesosyn is broken down by your liver. If you have liver problems, you may have an increased risk of side effects.
For people having cataract surgery: Intraoperative floppy iris syndrome (IFIS) can occur during cataract surgery in people who take or have taken Calmesosyn. Be sure to tell your doctor you take this drug if you have a cataract surgery planned.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Calmesosyn can make you feel dizzy, particularly when you first start taking it. Make sure your reactions are normal before you drive or use tools or machines which would be dangerous if you are not fully alert.
- You are advised not to drink alcohol while you are on Calmesosyn. Alcohol will increase the side-effects of Calmesosyn, such as feeling faint and dizzy.
- Try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor. This is so your doctor can check on your progress.
- If you are having an operation or medical treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are taking Calmesosyn. This is because your blood pressure may drop suddenly if you have an anaesthetic. If you are having cataract surgery, it is particularly important that you tell your eye surgeon that you are on Calmesosyn. This is because an eye problem known as 'floppy iris syndrome' has developed in some people taking medicines similar to Calmesosyn, so your doctor may advise you to stop taking it for a short while.
- If you buy any medicines check with a pharmacist that they are suitable to take with your other medicines. Some anti-inflammatory painkillers (called NSAIDs) can reduce the blood pressure-lowering effect of Calmesosyn.