Rapaflo may be prescribed to treat men dealing with the symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia; BPH). Medication such as Rapaflo or Silodosin generic is the most common form of treatment for mild to moderate BPH. Without treatment, the muscles of your bladder walls could thicken and become irritated and can block the flow of urine out of the bladder and cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Silodosin, the active ingredient in Rapaflo, is an alpha blocker recommended to help block the function of certain receptors in your body that involve muscle contractions and vasodilations. Taking Rapaflo as directed will help to relax the smooth muscle in your prostate and bladder neck, allowing a normal urine flow. Symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia are feeling like you have not emptied your bladder completely, a decreased urine flow, and difficulty trying to start a urine stream.
Prostate gland enlargement is a common condition as men get older. The prostate is the gland which surrounds the urethra and is located below the bladder. As men get older, the prostate gland gets bigger and it may end up blocking the urethra by pressing against the bladder so now it must work harder in order to pass urine.
Also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostate gland enlargement can cause bothersome urinary symptoms such as such as urinating frequently, strong urges to urinate, waking up to urinate, trouble urinating, incomplete bladder emptying, urinary flow that starts and stops, and a weak stream. Rapaflo will not shrink your prostate but you will find sustained system relief with continued improvement with Silodosin. Rapaflo may also be prescribed to help your body pass kidney stones through urination.
Discuss other medical conditions you have, especially severe liver or kidney impairment as you should not start Rapaflo. You should not take Rapaflo if you are currently taking Ketoconazole, Clarithromycin, Itraconazole, or Ritonavir. List all current RX and OTC meds you take or use so your doctor can be certain Rapaflo is safe for to start taking.
Rapaflo may cause dizziness or fainting, especially when you first start taking it. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and steady. Do not stop, start, or change the dosage of any medications without discussing this with your doctor as it may affect the efficacy Rapaflo.