Flomax (tamsulosin) is a drug known as an alpha-blocker that is often prescribed to men to treat an enlarged prostate. It relaxes the bladder neck muscles and muscle fibers in the prostate itself and makes it easier for those suffering from enlarged prostate to urinate.
Other alpha-blockers include Hytrin (terazosin), Cardura (doxazosin) or Uroxatral (alfuzosin).
However, patients prescribed Flomax are prone to a complication known as floppy iris syndrome during cataract surgery.
The problem has prompted an alert from the three medical associations representing most of the specialties involved in eye surgery and prostate treatment: the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Urological Association.
Mentioning the use of these drugs will allow eye surgeons to take special precautions to reduce the risk of potential problems during surgery that could slow patients' healing and increase the risk of post-operative complications.
Current or prior use of Flomax -- and to a lesser extent, other alpha-blockers -- appeared to keep the muscle of the iris (the colored part of the eye) from allowing the pupil (the opening in the iris) to stay completely open during cataract surgery with conventional eye drops. This dilation is necessary for surgeons to remove the clouded, cataract-covered lens beneath the pupil and replace it with an artificial lens.
It was found that alpha-blocker use may cause the pupil to suddenly constrict during surgery, causing the iris to relax. This can increase the risk of the surgeon tearing a portion of the eye that holds the artificial lens in place.
Flomax lawsuits can be filed against the manufacturer if the patient developed floppy iris syndrome following cataract surgery. This development may prompt a Flomax lawsuit because studies have linked Flomax use with the medical condition. It is suggested that the manufacturers did not do enough to make patients and doctors aware of this possibility.
If you or a loved one has been prescribed Flomax and experienced serious side effects, contact us today to determine if you may have a personal injury claim.