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Buy Rapaflo or Generic Silodosin Online

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GENERIC ALTERNATIVE LISTING - Silodosin
Dosage Pack Size & Price Qty
4mg
8mg
BRAND LISTING - Rapaflo (Silodosin)
Dosage Pack Size & Price Qty
4mg
8mg
Product description medically reviewed by Dr. Ami Patel, PharmD (Apr 16, 2020)

What is Rapaflo or generic Silodosin?

Rapaflo is a prescription medication prescribed to help men manage mild to moderate symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also called prostate gland enlargement. People with BPH may be prescribed Rapaflo or the Rapaflo generic, Silodosin.

It's important to manage the symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland; when BPH is left untreated, the muscles in the bladder's walls can thicken and/or become irritated, thereby blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. Obstructed urine flow may lead to complications of the bladder, kidneys, or urinary tract.

Silodosin, the active ingredient in Rapaflo, is an alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonist (which means it helps limit the function of certain receptors in the body that play a role in muscle contraction). By limiting the activity of these receptors, Silodosin helps relax smooth muscles in the prostate and bladder, which increases the likelihood of experiencing normal urine flow.

Drugs similar to Rapaflo or generic Silodosin include:

Conditions treated by Rapaflo or generic Silodosin

Rapaflo or generic Silodosin is used to manage benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is the most common prostate issue for men over the age of 50.

BPH is a condition in which a man's prostate gland is enlarged but not cancerous. A man's prostate naturally goes through a secondary growth phase starting around age 25. This growth continues for the rest of men's' lives; BPH often occurs during this phase.

As the prostate grows in size, it can press against the urethra. In time, this can restrict the flow of urine out of the bladder. Symptoms of BPH include frequent urination (sometimes during sleep time) , urinary urgency, difficulty urinating, accidental urination, and pain during urination or after ejaculation.

Rapaflo or generic Silodosin will not cure BPH, but these medications can make the condition more manageable by easing the process of urination.

What to know before using Rapaflo or generic Silodosin

Prior to using Rapaflo or generic Silodosin, keep the following in mind.

  • Tell your doctor about any existing medical conditions, as Rapaflo or Silodosin generic may exacerbate or interact with certain health issues (most notably kidney and liver disease).

  • Tell your doctor about any medications you take, as Rapaflo may negatively interact with certain medications.

  • Rapaflo is designed exclusively for men and is not recommended for use by women or anyone under the age of 18.

  • Take Rapaflo only as prescribed and for the length of time recommended by your doctor.

  • Rapaflo may enlarge the pupils. If you plan to have cataract surgery while taking Rapaflo, inform your eye surgeon.

  • Be aware that drinking alcohol or consuming grapefruit or grapefruit-containing products may increase the likelihood of experiencing side effects.

  • If you miss a dose, take the dose as soon as you remember unless it's almost time for your next dose. In that case, simply take the next dose at the usual time and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double up on doses. If you believe you have overdosed, contact poison control or seek emergency medical attention.

  • Be aware that using Rapaflo or generic Silodosin may impair your thinking and/or reactions. For this reason, it's important to be cautious about driving or operating machinery while taking Rapaflo.

  • See your doctor for regular checkups while taking Rapaflo, as it's important to have your blood pressure and prostate assessed while using this medication.

  • Take Silodosin with food and at the same time every day. People who have difficulty swallowing pills can open the capsules and sprinkle the powder onto a spoonful of cold or room temperature applesauce. It's important to swallow the powder (without chewing) within five minutes of adding it to the applesauce, and then drink eight ounces of water.

Possible side effects of Rapaflo or generic Silodosin

Some possible Rapaflo side effects or Silodosin side effects include:

  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Allergic reactions
  • Chills
  • Cold sweats
  • Confusion
  • Congestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Low blood pressure
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Feeling dizzy, faint, or lightheaded upon getting up quickly from a sitting or prostrate position

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you experience these or any other side effects, promptly consult a medical professional. Consult the product information leaflet to learn more about possible Rapaflo side effects.

Rapaflo or generic Silodosin FAQs

What is the proper dosage of Rapaflo or generic Silodosin?

A Rapaflo prescription typically comes in 30 or 90 Silodosin capsules, which may contain either 4 mg or 8 mg of Silodosin each (in the form of a whitish powder).

The most common Rapaflo dose is one 8 mg capsule taken once daily. However, this may vary depending on the patient. For this reason, it's important to follow your doctor's instructions.

What's the difference between Rapaflo and generic Silodosin?

Generic Silodosin is not manufactured by the same company that makes brand-name Rapaflo. Both Rapaflo and generic Silodosin contain the same active ingredient, called Silodosin. Generic forms are almost always less expensive than brand-name Rapaflo. If you're not sure whether a generic or brand-name version of a Rapaflo drug is right for you, consult your doctor.

What is the proper way to store Rapaflo or generic Silodosin?

Store this medication at room temperature and away from cold, heat, light, or moisture. Be sure to keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.

Do not dispose of Rapaflo in the trashcan or down a drain. Consult your pharmacist for proper disposal instructions.

The information provided on the NorthWestPharmacy.com website is intended to facilitate awareness about healthcare products and medical conditions generally but it is not a substitute for professional medical attention or advice. You should always speak with a qualified healthcare practitioner before taking any prescription or non-prescription drug.