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Drug May Ease Passage When Kidney Stone Strikes

Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – Kidney stones can quickly cause extreme pain, and passing the stones is the immediate goal for patients. Now, a new study finds that the drug tamsulosin (Flomax) can boost the passage of large kidney stones, but not small ones. "Small stones usually pass on their own, so it's not too surprising that drug therapy did not help in this study," said Dr. Warren Bromberg, chief of urology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. On the other hand, "anything that assists in passing a large stone, which otherwise would lead to prolonged pain and surgical intervention, is well worth it," said Bromberg, who was not involved in the new research. The study was led by Jeremy Furyk of Townsville Hospital in Queensland, Australia. His team found that 28 days after visiting an emergency department for any size of kidney stone, 87 percent of patients treated with ... Read more

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FDA OKs Impotence Drug Cialis to Treat Enlarged Prostate

Posted 7 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 6 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced late Thursday that it had approved using the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis as a treatment for enlarged prostate. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, enlarged prostate – clinically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – is a "common part of aging" for men. In fact, the NIH estimates that "more than half of men in their 60s, and as many as 90 percent in their 70s and 80s, have some symptoms of BPH." The condition often leads to urinary incontinence and can raise the odds for urinary tract infections and even kidney damage. "BPH can have a big impact on a patient's quality of life," Scott Monroe, director of the division of reproductive and urologic products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "A large number of older men have symptoms of BPH. ... Read more

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Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 – Despite ongoing prevention efforts, a growing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned with medications, according to new research. The study, which was based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008, found that medication poisoning among children aged 5 and under increased by 22 percent, although the number of children in the United States in this age group rose by only 8 percent during the study period. "The problem of pediatric poisoning in the U.S. is getting worse, not better," Dr. Randall Bond, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. In conducting the study, which is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers reviewed information on over 544,000 children who landed in the emergency department due to medication poisoning ... Read more

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Generic Flomax Approved for Enlarged Prostate

Posted 2 Mar 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 2 – The first generic version of Flomax (tamsulosin hydrochloride) capsules has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the medical term for an enlarged prostate. California-based IMPAX Laboratories will be producing the generic version, which will have the same prescribing information and safety warnings as the brand-name capsules, the FDA said in a news release. BPH affects more than half of men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent of men older than 70, the agency said. Common symptoms include weak urine stream, urgency, leaking or dribbling, and more frequent urination – often at night. More information To learn more about enlarged prostate, visit the U.S. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Flomax (tamsulosin HCl)

Posted 22 Nov 2005 by Drugs.com

[Posted 11/22/2005] Boehringer Ingelheim and FDA notified healthcare professionals of revisions to PRECAUTIONS and ADVERSE REACTIONS sections of the prescribing information for Flomax, indicated for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). A surgical condition termed Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome (IFIS) has been observed during phacoemulsification cataract surgery in some patients treated with alpha-1 blockers including Flomax. Most of these reports were in patients taking the alpha-1 blocker when IFIS occurred, but in some cases alpha-1 blocker had been stopped prior to surgery. It is recommended that male patients being considered for cataract surgery, as part of their medical history, be specifically questioned to ascertain whether they have taken Flomax or other alpha-1 blockers. If so, the patient's ophthalmologist should be prepared for ... Read more

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Study Reiterates Eye Risks Linked to Flomax

Posted 19 May 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19 – Men taking Flomax to treat an enlarged prostate face more than double the risk for serious complications should they need cataract surgery, a new Canadian study has found. It's not the first time that Flomax (tamsulosin) has been linked to cataract complications. A study in 2005 found that men taking Flomax or other alpha-blockers before cataract surgery had complications during and immediately after the procedure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration called for stronger warnings about the drug, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, which makes Flomax, sent warning letters to doctors about the potential problems. In the new study, 7.5 percent of the men who had taken Flomax in the two weeks before cataract surgery had a serious complication, compared with 2.7 percent of those who had not taken the drug, for a 2.3 times greater risk. The problems were not found to ... Read more

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