Silodosin - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Silodosin: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Silodosin?

Silodosin is prescribed for men who suffer from an enlarged prostate, also called Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH). Patients who suffer from BPH often complain of pain in the abdomen and difficulties while urinating. Many say that they suffer from urinary incontinence at night in which the urine leaks out. There is no permanent cure for BPH, and the condition is managed long-term with medication such as Silodosin.

What are the uses of Silodosin?

It is commonly used to treat an enlarged prostate. It works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and bladder. It helps relieve pain, discomfort, and some other symptoms caused during urination and even incontinence. Silodosin belongs to a class of drugs known as Alpha Blockers. Patients are advised not to use this treatment to treat blood pressure.

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What are the side effects of Silodosin?

There are side effects known to occur with the use of Silodosin that include 

  • Orgasms with no production of semen.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Dizziness, low blood pressure.
  • Stuffy nose.

Some side-effects may be more serious such as prolonged pain during erection. If this continues over several hours, you must see the doctor.


Frequently Asked Questions about Silodosin

1. Can Silodosin cause erectile dysfunction?

Though relatively uncommon, Silodosin may cause erectile dysfunction along with low semen volume, loss of libido, anejaculation, and low sexual desire. Many who take this drug over a long time do report orgasms but without semen ejaculation. Orgasms are preserved, but the expulsion of semen is significantly reduced.

2. How long does Silodosin take to work?

Most people who take Silodosin consistently report that they start to feel better after a month or more of taking the medication. Silodosin does not completely cure the condition of an enlarged prostate. However, this does differ from person to person. It is crucial to speak to your doctor if you don’t see a change in your symptoms after the first few weeks of taking the medication.

3. Why is Silodosin better than Tamsulosin?

The efficacy rate for both Silodosin and Tamsulosin is more or less the same. Tamsulosin is used as an alternative to Silodosin as it belongs to the same class of drugs. Treatment by both these drugs is said to be well tolerated.

4. For how long can I take Silodosin?

Silodosin is used for treating patients who suffer from BPH. It is used as a long-term medication and cannot be left abruptly. It is used to lessen the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, so most patients are chronically on it. Patients who go off it suddenly complain of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

5. Does Silodosin cause sleep?

Silodosin does not cause sleep but can lead to dizziness. Dizziness can exacerbate if alcohol or marijuana are taken along with it. It is advisable not to work with heavy machinery or drive after consuming the medication as this can lead to potentially fatal accidents. Limit alcohol consumption while using the drug.

6. Is Silodosin safe?

While it is usually safe to take Silodosin with a doctor’s prescription, your doctor may test for a prostate-specific antigen to check for any signs of prostate cancer before you take Silodosin. Make sure you follow all directions as specified in the medication guides and the instruction sheets.

7. Silodosin vs Clonazepam?

Both Silodosin and Clonazepam are used to treat very different medical conditions. While Silodosin is used to treat an enlarged prostate, Clonazepam is an anticonvulsant or an antiepileptic drug used to treat and control seizures. Clonazepam is also used to treat panic disorder. It is a tranquilizer belonging to the benzodiazepine class.

8. Does Silodosin shrink the prostate?

Silodosin does not shrink the prostate. Instead, it works by relaxing the muscles of the prostate gland and the bladder. This may ease symptoms of the patient and increase the flow of urine. It is also effective for symptoms of bladder incontinence at night occurring in men.

9. Why is Silodosin prescribed?

Silodosin is usually prescribed for prostate-related medical problems commonly found in men. It is prescribed for the treatment of enlarged prostate. This medicine cannot be taken if the patient suffers from blood pressure-related issues such as hypotension, kidney disease, and liver disease. Doctors must also test for prostate cancer as the symptoms tend to be similar.

10. What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dose, the first thing that you must do is inform your doctor. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, along with your next meal and a glass of water. There will be times when you will be close to your next slotted dose. In that case, continue with your regular dosage. Do not take a double dose to compensate for the missed one.

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