Rapaflo is used for:
Treating the signs and symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia [BPH]).
Rapaflo is an alpha-blocker. It works by relaxing muscles in the prostate and bladder, which helps to improve urine flow and reduce symptoms of BPH.
Do NOT use Rapaflo if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Rapaflo
- you have severe kidney or liver problems
- you are taking ketoconazole, clarithromycin, itraconazole, nefazodone, or ritonavir
- you are taking another alpha-blocker (eg, prazosin)
Before using Rapaflo :
Some medical conditions may interact with Rapaflo . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of blood pressure problems and you are taking blood pressure medication
- if you have a history of prostate cancer
- if you have kidney or liver problems
- if you will be having eye surgery (eg, cataract surgery)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Rapaflo . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Alpha-blockers (eg, prazosin) or phosphodiesterase inhibitors (eg, sildenafil) because symptoms of low blood pressure (eg, severe dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting) may occur
- Azole antifungals (eg, itraconazole, ketoconazole), clarithromycin, cyclosporine, diltiazem, erythromycin, fluconazole, nefazodone, probenecid, ritonavir, valproic acid, or verapamil because they may increase the risk of Rapaflo 's side effects
How to use Rapaflo :
Use Rapaflo as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Rapaflo . Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Take Rapaflo by mouth with a meal.
- If you miss a dose of Rapaflo , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once. If you miss more than 2 dose of Rapaflo , contact your doctor for instructions.
Important safety information:
- Rapaflo may cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Rapaflo with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Rapaflo may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
- Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks for 12 hours after your first dose of Rapaflo or after any dose increase.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Rapaflo before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Rapaflo may rarely cause a prolonged, painful erection. This could happen even when you are not having sex. If this is not treated right away, it could lead to permanent sexual problems such as impotence. Contact your doctor right away if this happens.
- Lab tests, including kidney or liver function, may be performed while you use Rapaflo . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Rapaflo should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Rapaflo can cause harm to the fetus. It is not known if Rapaflo is found in breast milk. Rapaflo is not approved for use in women.
Possible side effects of Rapaflo :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Decreased sexual ability; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; lightheadedness; runny or stuffy nose; sinus inflammation; stomach pain; trouble sleeping; weakness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; dark urine; fainting; irregular heartbeat; prolonged, painful erection; severe of persistent dizziness; unusual bruising; yellowing of the skin or eyes.