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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Tamsulosin (Definition)

Tamsulosin is the generic name for a very commonly used drug flomax (tamsulosin). Tamsulosin is indicated for patients who have symptoms of enlarged prostate , frequency, too many trips to the bath room. , slow flow , dribbling the medication relaxes the smooth muscles around the prostate and makes it easy to urinate it should be taken at bed time to avoid side effects .. Dizziness ...Read more


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Was on .4mg flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. Stopping flomax (tamsulosin) and have started .320mg/day of saw palmetto. Is there any best time of day to take the 1 dose?

Was on .4mg flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. Stopping flomax (tamsulosin) and have started .320mg/day of saw palmetto. Is there any best time of day to take the 1 dose?

Not the same : Flomax (tamsulosin) is an fda approved medicine with known safety and efficacy. Saw palmetto has failed multiple controlled trials. You're welcome to take it; most supplements have a 20% placebo effect. ...Read more

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Medication(s) to take for BPH other than Flomax, (tamsulosin) Jalyn, Finasteride, Cialis and Avdart. Please advise.

Medication(s) to take for BPH other than Flomax, (tamsulosin) Jalyn, Finasteride, Cialis and Avdart.  Please advise.

Same groups: You listed alpha blocker(flomax or tamsulosin),5-alpha reductase inhibitor(finasteride,dutasteride or avodart),combination of both groups(Jalyn)and PDE5 inhibitor(cialis).Any other drugs I give you will be in those groups.If none has helped you,talk to your urologist about TUR prostate or other surgical options.TUR is the "gold standard" with which other surgical options are compared.Good luck. ...Read more

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Recent onset of bph. Pcp suggested flomax. A year ago DHT measured 175 ng/dl. Would avodart (dutasteride) be better?

Symptoms dictate: Flomax starts relieving symptoms within a few hours by relaxing the muscle tissue in the prostate.Avodart (dutasteride) works on the glandular portion and may take 3 to 6 months to give a difference in symptoms.You decide.Good luck. ...Read more

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Coud there be another treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (bph) besides doxazosin and flomax (tamsulosin)?

Coud there be another treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (bph) besides doxazosin and flomax (tamsulosin)?

BPH: Treatments for BPH fall into two categories; medical and surgical. Medical therapy includes Alpha blocker medications to improve urine flow and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors to shrink the gland. The surgical options include thermal or laser destruction of prostatic tissue or transurthral resection of prostaic tissue (turp). The "best" treatment is a very individual thing. ...Read more

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Any BPH prostate medications other than flomax (tamsulosin)?

Any BPH prostate medications other than flomax (tamsulosin)?

Yes.: Flomax (tamsulosin) is part of a family of drugs called alpha-blockers that relax the smooth muscle of the prostate and bladder neck, improving urine flow & symptoms. Other drugs in this group are terazosin, doxazosin, alfuzosin, & silodosin. Another family of drugs for BPH are 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, such as Finasteride and dutasteride. These shrink the prostate and reduce episodes of urine retention. ...Read more

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How long will it take for flomax (tamsulosin) to begin helping my bph?

How long will it take for flomax (tamsulosin) to begin helping my bph?

Just a day or two: Alph blockers like Flomax work very quickly to improve urinary symptoms. Most patients see a abenefit within a few days, but there are some patients who may have improvement after just one dose. Rapaflo and uroxatral (alfuzosin) have both been shown to work within hours. If the sypmtoms do not improve within a week or two, then a different course of treatment or re-evaluation should be considered. ...Read more

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When is avodart indicated for BPH? Most people I know just take flomax alone?

When is avodart indicated for BPH? Most people I know just take flomax alone?

Rx for BPH: When is avodart indicated for BPH? Most people I know just take flomax alone? ANS: When Flomax alone does not work. It will take months for max effect. May be cheaper one but don't know about Canada. Usually added when Flomax is not enough. ...Read more

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Been on .4 mg / day flomax (tamsulosin) for BPH over 2 years. I have 4 or 5 side effects. After i stop when will they subside, and could anything be permanent?

Been on .4 mg / day flomax (tamsulosin) for BPH over 2 years.  I have 4 or 5 side effects.  After i stop when will they subside, and could anything be permanent?

1-2 weeks: Most men notice improvement within a week or two at the most. That said, they also notice a relapse of urinary obstructive symptoms within a similar time period. Monitor yourself for both issues to take the proper course of action. ...Read more

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Been on flomax (tamsulosin) .4mg / day for BPH for 2 years. Have several side effects. When i stop flomax (tamsulosin) can my urine stream stop entirely?

Been on flomax (tamsulosin) .4mg / day for BPH for 2 years. Have several side effects. When i stop flomax (tamsulosin) can my urine stream stop entirely?

Possibly: Depending on a number of variables including how long you have been on flomax, (tamsulosin) what is the severity of your bph, and have you ever been in complete urinary retention before, what would most likely happen is a return to your pre-flomax voiding pattern. You should address your concerns with your doctor and discuss alternatives to Flomax (tamsulosin) if you are finding the side effects particularly bothersome. ...Read more

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Been on flomax (tamsulosin) .4mg / day for BPH for 2 years. Have several side effects. When i stop flomax (tamsulosin) can my urine stream stop entirely? If so what would i do?

Been on flomax (tamsulosin) .4mg / day for BPH for 2 years. Have several side effects. When i stop flomax (tamsulosin) can my urine stream stop entirely? If so what would i do?

Lower urinary tract : There are other medication options, depending on your specific side effects. A urologist would evaluate you for a variety of issues related to your bladder and prostate. ...Read more

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Will my sperm harm my gf unborn fetus if im taking flomax (tamsulosin) for my bph?

Will my sperm harm my gf unborn fetus if im taking flomax (tamsulosin) for my bph?

BPH meds & Pregnancy: Flomax (tamsulosin) is category b, so even if it is in your semen, it is not going to harm the fetus. Some men who are on Flomax (tamsulosin) will notice a decreased or absent ejaculation. Importantly, BPH meds Finasteride (proscar), Dutasteride (avodart) or jalyn (contains avodart) should not be handled by pregnant women. While present in the semen, these meds are not in high enough concentrations to harm the fetus. ...Read more

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Was on flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. What is better saw palmetto or beta-sitosterol, and how many mg per day. What other ingredients should it have?

Was on flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. What is better saw palmetto or beta-sitosterol, and how many mg per day. What other ingredients should it have?

320 mg/day (s.p.): There is conflicting and contradictory research about the benefits of saw palmetto for prostate symptoms. Some research has shown that saw palmetto might modestly improve symptoms such as going to the bathroom at night in some men. But higher quality and more reliable research seems to indicate that saw palmetto has little or no benefit for reducing these symptoms. Any benefit is modest at best. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Bph (Definition)

BPH is abbrev of benign prostate hyperplasia, which is a general, confusing, clinical term for men's trouble to void although it is a pathological term to describe microscopic increase in number & size of glandular cells in the prostate, starting as early as age 30. For better use, LUTS is proposed to replace BPH. More? ...Read more


Dr. Michael Michaels
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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Definition)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (hypertrophy) is an enlargement of the prostate gland in males that can constrict the male urethra leading to retention of urine, feelings of urgency, etc. If severe enough, it can be treated with ...Read more