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FLOMAXTRA XL 400 MICROGRAMS PROLONGED RELEASE TABLETS

Active substance(s): TAMSULOSIN HYDROCHLORIDE

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Flomaxtra® XL 400 micrograms Film-coated Prolonged Release Tablets
(tamsulosin hydrochloride)
Your medicine is known by the above name, but will be referred to as
Flomaxtra XL throughout this:
Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See
section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1) What Flomaxtra XL is and what it is used for
2) What you need to know before you use Flomaxtra XL
3) How to use Flomaxtra XL
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Flomaxtra XL
6) Contents of the pack and other information

1) What Flomaxtra XL is and what it is used for
What is Flomaxtra XL
Flomaxtra XL contains the active substance tamsulosin hydrochloride. It
acts by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and urethra (the tube that
carries urine to the outside), and lets urine pass more readily through the
urethra and aids urination.
In the prostate gland, bladder and urethra there are specialised cells
containing alpha1A-receptors that cause the muscles in the urethra to
tighten. Flomaxtra XL is an alpha1A-adrenoceptor blocker, which reduces
the action of these specialised cells and relaxes the muscles making it
easier to pass water.
What Flomaxtra XL is used for
Flomaxtra XL is used to treat the symptoms associated with benign
prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which is enlargement of the prostate gland.
These symptoms include difficulty in starting to pass water, frequent trips
to the toilet to pass water, a feeling of not completely emptying the bladder
and having to get up several times in the night to pass water.

2) What you need to know before you use Flomaxtra XL
Do not use Flomaxtra XL if you
• are allergic to tamsulosin or any of the other ingredients of
Flomaxtra XL (listed in section 6)
• have a severe liver condition
• have ever fainted or felt dizzy when suddenly sitting or standing up.
Dizziness can sometimes occur when taking Flomaxtra XL, particularly if
you are also taking other alpha1- blockers. If you do feel weak or dizzy
make sure you sit or lie down straight away until the symptoms have
disappeared.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before using Flomaxtra XL
• If you have kidney problems

• If you are undergoing or have been scheduled for eye surgery because
of cloudiness of the lens (cataract) or increased pressure in the eye
(glaucoma).
Please inform your eye specialist that you have previously used, are using
or are planning to use tamsulosin hydrochloride. The specialist can then
take appropriate precautions with respect to medication and surgical
techniques to be used. Ask your doctor whether or not you should
postpone or temporarily stop taking this medicine when undergoing eye
surgery because of a cloudy lens (cataract) or increased pressure in the
eye (glaucoma).
Children and adolescents
Do not give this medicine to children or adolescents under 18 years
because it does not work in this population.
Other medicines and Flomaxtra XL
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or
might take any other medicines. This is because Flomaxtra XL can affect
the way that some other medicines work and some other medicines can
affect the way that Flomaxtra XL works.
In particular tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:
• Medicines to lower your blood pressure such as verapamil and diltiazem
• Medicines to treat HIV such as ritonavir or indinavir.
• Medicines to treat a fungal infection such as ketaconazole or
itraconazole
• Other alpha blockers such as doxazosin, indoramin, prazosin or
alfuzosin
• Erythromycin, an antibiotic used to treat infections
Please inform your doctor that you are on Flomaxtra XL before any
operation or dental procedure as there is a potential that your medicine
may interfere with the effects of the anaesthetic.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
Flomaxtra XL is not indicated for use in women.
In men, abnormal ejaculation has been reported (ejaculation disorder).
This means that the semen does not leave the body via the urethra, but
instead goes into the bladder (retrograde ejaculation) or the ejaculation
volume is reduced or absent (ejaculation failure). This phenomenon is
harmless.
Driving and using machines
There is no information available on whether Flomaxtra XL affects the
ability to drive or to operate machinery or equipment. However, it is known
that Flomaxtra XL may cause drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness and
fainting. If you suffer from these do not drive or operate machinery.

3) How to take Flomaxtra XL
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse has
told you. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure.
The recommended dose for adults and the elderly is one tablet each day. It
can be taken with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crunch
or chew. Your doctor may want to examine you from time to time whilst
you are taking this medicine.

If you take more Flomaxtra XL than you should
If you have taken too many tablets, contact your doctor immediately or go
to the nearest hospital casualty department taking any remaining
medication and this patient information leaflet with you.
If you forget to take Flomaxtra XL
You may take your tablet later the same day if you have forgotten to take it
earlier. If you have missed a day, just continue to take your daily tablet
from the next day. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed
dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your
doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

4) Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Stop taking this medicine and consult your doctor immediately if any
of the following occur – you may need medical treatment.
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1000 people)
• Swelling of the face, throat or tongue with breathing problems linked to
allergy
Very rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
• Persistent painful erection usually unrelated to sexual activity.
• Rash, inflammation and blistering of the skin and/or mucous membranes
of the lips, eyes, mouth, nasal passages or genitals (Stevens-Johnson
syndrome).
• Abnormal irregular heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia,
tachycardia), difficult breathing (dyspnoea).
The following side effects have also been reported:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
• dizziness
• abnormal ejaculation (ejaculation disorder). This means that semen does
not leave the body via the urethra, but instead goes into the bladder
(retrograde ejaculation) or the ejaculation volume is reduced or absent
(ejaculation failure). This phenomenon is harmless.
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
• weakness
• headache
• runny or blocked nose
• dizziness as you sit or stand up
• palpitations (rapid or irregular heart beat)
• gastro-intestinal symptoms such as nausea and vomiting (feeling or
being sick), diarrhoea or constipation
• hypersensitivity reactions such as rash, itching, redness, local swelling
and breathing problems
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1000 people)
• fainting
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
• blurred vision
• impaired vision
• nose bleeds (epistaxis)
• serious skin rashes (erythema multiforme, dermatitis exfoliative)
• dry mouth

As with other medicines of this type, drowsiness, blurred vision or swelling
of the hands and feet can occur.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5) How to store Flomaxtra XL
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not take Flomaxtra XL after the expiry date printed on the carton, or
blister label. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
• Flomaxtra XL should be stored in the manufacturer’s original pack.
• If the tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of
deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist who will
tell you what to do.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6) Contents of the pack and other information
What Flomaxtra XL contains:
Each film-coated tablet contains 400 micrograms of the active ingredient
tamsulosin hydrochloride in a prolonged release formulation.
Flomaxtra XL also contains the following: Macrogol 7,000,000, Macrogol
8,000, Butylhydroxytoluene (E321), Magnesium stearate (E470b),
Hypromellose (E464), Yellow iron oxide (E172) and Colloidal anhydrous
silica (E551).
What Flomaxtra XL looks like and contents of the pack
Flomaxtra XL tablets are round, bi-convex, dark yellow, film-coated tablets
debossed with the code ‘04’ on one side.
Flomaxtra XL tablets are available as blister packs of 30 tablets.
PL 10383/1843

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Who makes and repackages your medicine?
Your medicine is manufactured by Astellas Pharma Europe B.V.,
Sylviusweg 62, 2333 BE Leiden, The Netherlands. Procured from within
the EU and repackaged by Product Licence Holder: Primecrown Ltd., 4/5
Northolt Trading Estate, Belvue Road, Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 5QS.
Leaflet date: 19.08.2015
Flomaxtra is trademark of Astellas Pharma Europe B.V., The Netherlands.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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