Taking drugs called alpha blockers with Fokusin can cause very low blood pressure. Examples of alpha blockers include:
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This dosage information is for Fokusin oral capsule. All possible dosages and forms may not be included here. Your doctor will tell you what dosage is right for you. Your dosage, form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:
- your age
- the condition being treated
- the severity of your condition
- other medical conditions you have
- how you react to the first dose
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How should this medicine be used?
Fokusin comes as a capsule to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day. Take Fokusin 30 minutes after the same meal each day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Fokusin exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow Fokusin capsules whole; do not split, chew, crush, or open them.
Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of Fokusin and may increase your dose after 2 to 4 weeks.
Fokusin may help control your condition, but it will not cure it. Continue to take Fokusin even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Fokusin without talking to your doctor.
How it works
Fokusin belongs to a class of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
Fokusin works by relaxing the muscles in your bladder and prostate. This helps improve the flow of your urine.
Fokusin oral capsule doesn’t cause drowsiness, but it can cause other side effects.
Taking certain antifungals with Fokusin can increase the levels of Fokusin in your body. This raises your risk of side effects from Fokusin. Examples of these drugs include:
- terbinafine (these drugs should be used together cautiously)
- ketoconazole (do not use this drug with Fokusin)
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Fokusin (Flomax)?
You should not use Fokusin if you are allergic to it.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
Fokusin can affect your pupils. If you have cataract surgery, tell your surgeon ahead of time that you use this medicine.
Fokusin is not for use in women, and the effects of this medicine during pregnancy or in breastfeeding women are unknown.
Taking paroxetine with Fokusin can increase the levels of Fokusin in your body. This raises your risk of side effects from Fokusin. These drugs should be used together cautiously.
- This medication contains Fokusin. Do not take Flomax if you are allergic to Fokusin or any ingredients contained in this drug
- Keep out of reach of children
- In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately
What other drugs will affect Fokusin (Flomax)?
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines. Many drugs can increase your risk of very low blood pressure while taking Fokusin, especially:
This list is not complete and many other drugs may affect Fokusin. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Pregnancy and Fokusin
Fokusin is generally considered safe to take during pregnancy.
Regardless, you should tell your doctor if you're pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking this medication.
You should also alert your physician if you're breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
It's not recommended that breastfeeding mothers take this medication.
For enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH): Fokusin is usually taken once a day in a dose of 0.4 milligrams (mg), 30 minutes after eating.
For best results, try to take Fokusin at the same time each day.
After your doctor evaluates your condition, he or she may increase the dose of your Fokusin up to 0.8 mg per day.
For kidney stones: A doctor will typically prescribe 0.4 mg of Fokusin to be taken once a day.
Once you've passed the kidney stones, you doctor may tell you to continue taking the Fokusin for another week or two.
Bladder obstruction: Women who take Fokusin to help relieve symptoms of bladder obstruction are normally prescribed doses of 0.4 mg daily.
Before taking Fokusin, 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 this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: low blood pressure, certain eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma).
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
Before having surgery (including cataract/glaucoma eye surgery), tell your doctor or dentist if you are taking or have ever taken this medication, and about all the other products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially dizziness and low blood pressure when getting up from a sitting or lying position. These side effects can increase the risk of falling.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Fokusin (Flomax) is an alpha-blocker that relaxes the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, making it easier to urinate.
Fokusin is used to improve urination in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).
Fokusin is not FDA approved for use in women or children.
Fokusin dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia:
Initial Dose: 0.4 mg orally once a day Maximum Dose: 0.8 mg orally once a day
Comments: -If use is discontinued or interrupted for several days at either the 0.4 mg or 0.8 mg dose, treatment should be initiated again with the 0.4 mg once a day dose.
Use: Treatment of the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
Flomax (Fokusin) is a drug prescribed for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, enlarged prostate). Side effects may include:
Drug interactions, warnings and precautions, and pregnancy and breastfeeding information should be reviewed prior to taking any medication.