Medication is one of the treatment options to address benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Among the medicines approved for BPH is tamsulosin, a drug from the group of alpha blockers, that is formulated to relax the muscles in the bladder and prostate to facilitate urine flow. This recently released video focuses on the use of tamsulosin and its benefits. The video was made by Prof. Tushar Shah, who is a member of the antimicrobial expert group at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and is shared on his Youtube channel “Professor Tushar.”
The professor explains the development of BPH and how it affects the normal function of the urinary system. As men get older, the prostate gland often becomes enlarged for reasons not fully understood. Given the location of the prostate around the urethra and below the bladder, the enlargement disturbs the normal urination flow, causing the symptoms of the disease. In order to address the problem, many physicians recommend tamsulosin, an oral capsule taken once daily about 30 minutes after a meal.
“Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH) which includes difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency,” according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“Tamsulosin is in a class of medications called alpha blockers. It works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and bladder so that urine can flow easily. Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of tamsulosin and may increase your dose after 2 to 4 weeks. Tamsulosin may help control your condition, but it will not cure it,” the NIH says on its website.
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