Rapaflo Warnings and Precautions
In order to help minimize risks while taking Rapaflo, warnings and precautions for the drug should be discussed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins. It is important to know that Rapaflo can cause low blood pressure; this can be especially dangerous in people who already have low blood pressure. You should not take Rapaflo if you have severe liver disease or severe kidney disease.
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Will be having cataract surgery
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some precautions and warnings to be aware of prior to taking Rapaflo include the following:
- Rapaflo can cause low blood pressure (hypotension). This can be especially severe in people who already have low blood pressure or who take blood pressure medications. Rapaflo commonly causes dizziness, which may interfere with your ability to drive, operate heavy machinery, or focus mentally.
- The kidneys help remove Rapaflo from the body. If you have kidney disease, a lower Rapaflo dosage may be recommended, and your healthcare provider may need to monitor your response to Rapaflo more closely.
- Before you start Rapaflo, your healthcare provider should make sure your enlarged prostate symptoms are not caused by another condition, such as prostate cancer or bladder problems.
- Medications like Rapaflo have been reported to cause intraoperative floppy iris syndrome, a problem with the eyes that can occur during cataract surgery. Stopping Rapaflo before surgery probably does not prevent this problem from occurring. Before having eye surgery, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have been on Rapaflo.
- Rapaflo has not been studied in men with severe liver disease. Therefore, it is not recommended in such people.
- Rapaflo can potentially interact with many other medications (see Rapaflo Interactions).
- Rapaflo is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it probably will not cause problems if used during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Rapaflo and Pregnancy). Importantly, Rapaflo is not approved for any use in women.
- It is not known if Rapaflo passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Rapaflo and Breastfeeding).