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Besides flomax, (tamsulosin) are any other prostate medications available in generic form?

Besides flomax, (tamsulosin) are any other prostate medications available in generic form?

Yes: Yes there are medications other than Flomax (tamsulosin) that are used to treat BPH which are available as generic medications. The list includes: Hytrin (terazosin); Cardura (doxazosin), and Proscar (finasteride). Non-generic medications that are used to treat BPH include avodart, jalyn, rapaflo, and uroxatral (alfuzosin). ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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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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Will I need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take flomax (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? .

Will I need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take flomax (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? .

I: I agree---going off the medicine does not good. Just let your doctor know that you are on it and he can take the necessary operative precaustions during the surgery. Don't let this stop you from having the surgery that will improve your vision. ...Read more

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Does flomax (tamsulosin) at. 4mg daily actually shrink the prostate?

Does flomax (tamsulosin) at. 4mg daily actually shrink the prostate?

Decreasing Semen: Nope. The prostate gland should be thought of as a balloon. The semen production is decreased with this medication so less is filling up the prostate and with less fluid there is less size or a smaller 'balloon'. ...Read more

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Will flomax (tamsulosin) help with an enlarged prostate?

Will flomax (tamsulosin) help with an enlarged prostate?

Flomax (tamsulosin): Flomax (tamsulosin) will not help reduce the size of an enlarged prostate. It may help reduce some of the symptoms of having an enlarged prostate such as frequency, urgency, incomplete emptying and nocturia. ...Read more

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On flomax (tamsulosin).4/day. What is the process to stop flomax (tamsulosin) while I start super beta prostate? I don't want any more side effects from stopping too quickly.

No Problem: Talk to your dr. Why are you taking it? And why you want to stop? And about super beta prostate? I hope it's not another dr. Oz commercials? ...Read more

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I just stopped flomax (tamsulosin) after 2 years. Is it a problem if I take super beta prostate and saw palmetto at the same time? Would this be dangerous?

I just stopped flomax (tamsulosin) after 2 years. Is it a problem if I take super beta prostate and saw palmetto at the same time? Would this be dangerous?

Probably not: There shouldn't be a problem. However, just because quarterback joe likes it (and gets paid to be a shill for it) doesn't mean it works. I'd talk to my doctor and i'd be very careful about stopping Flomax (tamsulosin) and depending on unproven therapy. ...Read more

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Using flomax (tamsulosin) for enlarged prostate. Do super beta and saw palmetto both shrink the prostate? Please be specific about benefits of each.

Using flomax (tamsulosin) for enlarged prostate. Do super beta and saw palmetto both shrink the prostate? Please be specific about benefits of each.

Mo: Nothing that you mentioned shrinks the prostate. Flomax only relaxes the smoothe muscle component of the prostate. Otc products largely are ineffective. Prescription Proscar or Avodart (dutasteride) are the only drugs that actually shrink the prostate. ...Read more

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Going from flomax (tamsulosin) to finest nutrition extra strength. 4x prostate. It has 320mg saw palmetto, zinc, pygem, b-6. It says 1 a day. Can I take 2 if needed?

Going from flomax (tamsulosin) to finest nutrition extra strength. 4x prostate. It has 320mg saw palmetto, zinc, pygem, b-6. It says 1 a day. Can I take 2 if needed?

Waste of money: There is no good data on any of the expensive special mixes of "herbs and spices" in things like "4x prostate." but at least some snake oil salesman has a nice yacht. Note that there is good data that saw palmetto is not better than placebo. (for the record, I have nothing against the placebo effect).
Follow this link to the cochrane database summary:
http://goo. Gl/zkuqib. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop flomax (tamsulosin) and replace it w saw palmetto g for benighn prostate enlargement.

Changing treatment: Yes. It is safe. The only outstanding question would the saw palmetto be strong enough to treat your prostate hypertrophy. You will know within seven days after the change. ...Read more

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I use flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. Some doctors on your site say to use saw palmetto - some say not to use but to use super beta prostate. Which is best and why?

Similar action: Saw palmetto is a natural product that actually has a version of the active ingredient in Finasteride (proscar)" a simolar drug to flomax, (tamsulosin) so may work as well. However, the dosing is very different in herbal products and the quality varies. Your physician can help you decide which product is best for you. ...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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Have enlarged prostate levaquin & flomax (tamsulosin) for 1 month now I pee but nothing really comes out what's up? Cancer? I'm 26

If the profile: Is right and you are only 26, you need to see a urologist ffor a cystoscopy. You were treated for prostatitis. If you are not voiding normally, there needs to be an inspections and assessment of what is blocking urinary flow. ...Read more

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enlarged prostate/ luts, started flomax (tamsulosin) and proscar. 4 episododes of dark stained underwear. Urine test done. Is catscan and cystoscopy needed? . 6p

enlarged prostate/ luts, started flomax (tamsulosin) and proscar. 4 episododes of dark stained underwear. Urine test done. Is catscan and cystoscopy needed? . 6p

Possible prostatitis: An enlarged prostate with staining of underwear could be due to prostatitis. Is there discomfort on urination? What did the urine test show? Be sure to get a urinalysis with microscopic exam and a urine culture. Get a PSA test to rule out prostate cancer. If these don't give the answer, get a cystoscopy and possibly catscan.
Feel free to consult me on HealthTap if you want to discuss further. ...Read more

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I was checking my doctor records I'm switching urologist my prostate is 20 grams is that normal I'm on flomax 0.4mg also take topamax (topiramate) I dribble-burn?

I was checking my doctor records I'm switching urologist my prostate is 20 grams is that normal I'm on flomax 0.4mg also take topamax (topiramate) I dribble-burn?

Discuss w/ new doc: Discuss this with your new urologist. If this is a new symptom, then see your primary care for a urinalysis. If this has been there for some time, make sure to discuss it with the new urologist. There are many factors that go in to making a diagnosis and formulating a treatment plan. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Was on flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. Is a mix of saw palmetto. 320mg and bets-sitosterol 100mg, pumpkin seed, corn silk, pygeum a good mix for enlarged prostate?

See below: There is conflicting and contradictory research about the benefits of supplements for prostate symptoms. Saw palmetto most studied. Despite much anecdotal evidence suggesting benefit (s) from the supplements you mention, high quality and more reliable research seem to indicate that these supplements have little or no benefit for reducing bph-related symptoms. Very high placebo response. ...Read more

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Hi I am 56years old and I have prostate problem for ten years in last 6 months PSA my blood increas from 4 to 8.5. I use Tamsulosin Hexal 0.4mg, &Fina?

PSA: Based on the change in your PSA I would be concerned that you need a biopsy of your prostate. At the very least she should be examined by a raunchiest. You may have prostatitis as a cause of the change in your PSA and your symptoms. ...Read more

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28 and diagnosed with prostate enlargement, having urinary retention. Taking one table of tamsulosin once a day. Is ok if taking saw palmetto with it?

28 and diagnosed with prostate enlargement, having urinary retention. Taking one table of tamsulosin once a day. Is ok if taking saw palmetto with it?

OK but ineffective: Traditional herbal medicine take for wide spectrum of conditions. Well conducted clinical trials have demonstrated saw palmetto to be no more effective than placebo for treating effects of prostate enlargement. Thus likely will neither harm or help. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: flomax (tamsulosin)?

Please describe the medication: flomax (tamsulosin)?

Prostate Medication: Flomax (tamsulosin) is a medication often is used to relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate (or bph). ...Read more

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My husband has had a bad reaction to flomax (tamsulosin). Is has been about 38 hours since his last dose. How long does for this drug to get out of his system?

My husband has had a bad reaction to flomax (tamsulosin). Is has been about 38 hours since his last dose. How long does for this drug to get out of his system?

3.2 days.: The half-life of tamsulosin (flomax) is 15 hours, so in an average 70 kg individual will be completely out of the body in 75 hours. This time could increase if he has problems with his liver, or liver disease such as cirrhosis or hepatitis. Finally, he must avoid all grapefruit and grapefruit juice, since this can slow metabolism of the drug. ...Read more

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I just got diagnosed with non bacterial chronic prostatitis and was wondering if I'll have to take flomax (tamsulosin) forever? Also can I exercise on this drug?

Exercise is fine: Please do what doc says and don't change meds w/out consulting him/her. There are natural products that can help prostate health but don't use the ones advertised on the net. See a nutritionist or natural doc. One product is called ProstaThera but you need a professional to order it for you. If no history of cancer you can use things like saw palmetto, pumpkin seeds, etc. Peace and good health ...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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I am a female and taking flomax (tamsulosin) for 7 days for kidney stones. None have passed yet? Is the medication not working for me?

Here are some. ..: Flomax (tamsulosin) is used to relax smooth muscle of lower part of ureter and bladder neck so to ease the passage of distal ureteral stone; this effect and benefit have been clinically studied, but of course, would never be 100%. Generally speaking, the odd to spontaneously pass a stone of 4-6 mm may still pass and few stone ...Read more

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Rapaflo (silodosin) vs flomax?

Here are some. ..: Rapaflo (silodosin) and Flomax (tamsulosin) are the same class of drugs - selective alpha-blocker, which can relax the smooth muscles around the bladder neck and prostate urethra so to quickly improve urine flow to a degree. Rapaflo is newer than Flomax and the profiles of effectivenss and side effects are similar although the newer one always tends to claim being better and less. ...Read more

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Does flomax (tamsulosin) help cure prostatitis?

Does flomax (tamsulosin) help cure prostatitis?

NoDoeNotCure: No it only helps with the symptoms of prostatitis.Urinary frequency, urgency and difficulty urinating. It may improve disruptive and irritating symptoms. In chronic recurrent prostatitis it may reduce the risk of recurrence ...Read more

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Does flomax (tamsulosin) work well. Side effects?

Does flomax (tamsulosin) work well. Side effects?

Flomax (tamsulosin): Flomax (tamsulosin) or tamulosin is an Alpha blocker used for relief of urinary symptoms caused by prostate enlargement. Side effects include stuffy nose, retrograde ejaculation, lightheadedness/dizziness. This is the first drug in this class that had specific action on the prostate and is very effective. ...Read more

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Can I take toviaz (fesoterodine) and flomax together?

Yes: They work differently and can be used together if Flomax (tamsulosin) alone still isn't helping all of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Which is more effective- rapaflo (silodosin) or flomax?

Equally effective: Though individual patients may notice differences in efficacy and tolerability between the two meds, the clinical studies leading to fda approval show similar results in improvement in both urinary symptoms and urinary flow. Excluding ejaculation changes, rapaflo (silodosin) 'may' have a quicker onset of action and a better side effect profile than flomax. ...Read more

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What's diference between flomax (tamsulosin) and advodart?

What's diference between flomax (tamsulosin) and advodart?

Different types.: Both medications are used to treat urinary symptoms related to benign prostatic enlargement. Flomax (tamsulosin) is an alpha-blocker, or agents that work on relaxing smooth muscle in the urinary tract to improve flow. Avodart (dutasteride) is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, which blocks the hormone (dht) that encourages growth of the prostate over time, the size of the prostate decreases. ...Read more

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My two year old son took flomax (tamsulosin) what do I do?

Call your local: Poison control center, http://www. Poison. Org/actFast/1800.asp or 1-800-222-1222. Because of his age, they will most likely direct you to go to a hospital-based pediatric emergency center. ...Read more

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Can urethral strictures be treated with flomax (tamsulosin)?

Can urethral strictures be treated with flomax (tamsulosin)?

Unfortunately no.: Flomax or tamsulosin relaxes the smooth muscle of the prostate to improve urine flow in men with enlarged prostates. There is likely some small effect on the ureters and urethra as well. However, a stricture is usually a fixed obstruction with elements of scar tissue that would not respond to a medication like flomax. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more


Flomax (Definition)

Tamsulosin is an anti-BPH agent which is a ...Read more