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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

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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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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

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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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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?

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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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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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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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?

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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Does flomax (tamsulosin) help with ed?

Does flomax (tamsulosin) help with ed?

Not, but. ..: Clinically, Flomax (tamsulosin) has not caused ED, but some ejaculatory dysfunctions such as low ejaculate & retrograde ejaculation in 8-18 % of patients, which is dose related, due to its effective relaxation of bladder neck, which yet helps men improve urine flow. Fortunately, most of men using it don't need to make more baby so they can accept and cope with this side effect to trade with better urine flow. ...Read more

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What will flomax (tamsulosin) do for me?

What will flomax (tamsulosin) do for me?

Drug used in urology: Tamsulosin, also known under the name flomax, (tamsulosin) is a drug designed to relax smooth muscle cells of the urinary tract. Its approved use is to improve urination in prostate enlargement (bph). It has been shown to improve urinary symptoms, or ipss score. It is also used to help pass kidney stones by relaxing the ureter. It is also used, at times, as an adjunct in the treatment of chronic prostatitis. ...Read more

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What is a better option than flomax (tamsulosin)?

2 groups: 3 groups of medicines for prostate enlargement symptoms:Alpha blockers e.g.tamsulosin (Flomax) & terazosin (Hytrin).5-alpha reductase inhibitors such as finasteride (Proscar)&dutasteride (Avodart).There is also Jalyn which has 1 of each of these 2 groups. 3rd group is PDE-5 inhibitors (Cialis). It varies from person to person which is better, but the 5-alpha reductase inh's take several months to work. ...Read more

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What happens when I stop taking flomax (tamsulosin)?

Here are some. ..: If Flomax (tamsulosin) has helped improve urine flow, slow urine flow will return soon after stopping Flomax (tamsulosin) as expected. Meanwhile, in time, retrograde ejaculation may be self-corrected. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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How long does it take for flomax (tamsulosin) to take effect?

1-3 days. ..: If it works for you, you will see a better urine flow within 1-3 after taking it. If not, one needs to concern about urethral stricture, which can not be relaxed as the prostate urethra by Flomax (tamsulosin) - an alpha-blocker. ...Read more

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I accidentally took 2 doses of flomax (tamsulosin). What should I do?

I accidentally took 2 doses of flomax (tamsulosin). What should I do?

See answer: The normal dose of Flomax (Tamsulosin) is 0.4 mg 1-2 daily either together or 12 hrs apart. Would not expect any serious reaction (s) from taking the extra dose and you should be able to resume your once daily dosing 24 hrs after taking the 2 doses. Most common side effect is feeling light-headed or dizzy. ...Read more

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How come there is a warning for not eating grapefruit with flomax (tamsulosin)?

How come there is a warning for not eating grapefruit with flomax (tamsulosin)?

Furanocoumarins...: Are compounds present in grapefruit that inhibit certain enzymes (cyp3a4) that are important in the metabolism of drugs. Since they are inhibited, a higher dose of the drug ends up in the circulation, increasing the therapeutic effects, adverse effects, & toxicity. Caution is advised regarding tamsulosin (flomax) use, but no deaths have been reported. ...Read more

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I accidentally took one of my husbands flomax pills with my nightly pills. Is this a problem?

I accidentally took one of my husbands flomax pills with my nightly pills. Is this a problem?

No probelm: This is a fairly harmless medicine. So it should not cause you any problem. ...Read more

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How long does it take for flomax (tamsulosin) to begin working? I have for 1 week and not seen improvement

Maybe something else: You should see some improvement with Flomax (tamsulosin) within several days, in most cases. If you are not seeing any improvement, there may be something else going on other than BPH, such as a urethral stricture or some other cause for mechanical obstruction. You should see a urologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there much difference between 0.4 and 0.8 of tamsulosin (flomax) - find the 0.4 has lost its effect on me?

Is there much difference between 0.4 and 0.8 of tamsulosin (flomax) - find the 0.4 has lost its effect on me?

Twice as much: Taking twice the dose of tamsulosin can make a fair amount of difference for some people, but often it just increases the amount of lightheadedness (orthostatic hypotension). If 0.4mg has lost its effect, it's worth trying the double dose. If it doesn't work, see your urologist to discuss other options. ...Read more

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What is the best amt. To switch from. 4mg / day flomax (tamsulosin) to saw palmetta? Is it better to take more than 1 450mg the 1st few days to get in system fast.

Saw pal and flomax (tamsulosin): These are two different medications and should not be replaced with each other. Recent studies have shown saw palmetto to be ineffective in treating prostate problems. ...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

Flomax (Definition)

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