What is Rapaflo used for?
Rapaflo (silodosin) is used by men in the treatment of symptoms of an enlarged prostate. It doesn’t shrink the prostate, though it works by relaxing bladder and prostate muscles. This helps to relieve BPH symptoms like difficulty in beginning the urine flow, need to urinate urgently or often, and weak stream. Silodosin is part of a drug class known as alpha blockers. Do not use Rapaflo for the treatment of high blood pressure.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rapaflo
Take Rapaflo orally as your doctor recommends you to, generally with a meal once daily. If you are having difficulty swallowing your medication whole you can sprinkle the contents of one capsule on a small amount of cool soft applesauce just before taking. You have to swallow that mixture within 5 minutes. Do not chew it or save it for future use and do not use hot applesauce. Drink a glass of cool water following each dose. Silodosin can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure which can lead to fainting or dizziness.
This side effect has higher chances of occurring when you first start taking Rapaflo or if you start it again after a break. At these times you should avoid situations where fainting might cause injury. To avoid injury from dizziness and fainting, your doctor might tell you to take the first dose with food at bedtime so that your body can get used to the effects. The dosage will be based on your response to treatment and medical condition. Take Rapaflo regularly to get the most benefit out of it. Take it with the same meal each day to help you remember. If your condition worsens or doesn’t improve, tell your doctor.
Drug interactions can change how some medications work or can increase your chances of experiencing serious side effects. This is not an exhaustive list of drug interactions and you should always give your doctor a full list of the prescription, non-prescription, and herbal products you take so that they can adequately monitor for drug interactions. Do not adjust anything about your medications without first talking to your doctor.
The following medications may interact with Rapaflo:
- Sildenafil (Viagra)
- Tadalafil (Cialis)
- Itraconazole (Sproanox)
- Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
- Cyclosporine (Neoral)
- Ritonavir (Norvir)
If you have any questions about Silodosin or any other medications, you can reach out to our Customer Service team or a licensed pharmacist by calling 1-844-416-4282.
This section has uses of silodosin that aren’t listed in the approved professional labeling for Rapaflo, but that may be prescribed by your doctor. Use Rapaflo for helping your body pass or eliminate kidney stones only if your doctor tells you to.
DISCLAIMER: The following information is intended to educate consumers about Rapaflo and doesn’t contain all available information about this medication. This does not replace medical advice so always talk to a professional if you have medical questions. Never delay in seeking or ignore your doctor’s advice because of the information provided here.