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Rapaflo (silodosin) vs flomax?

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

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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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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I am currently taking Tamsulosin. i have a small container of Rapaflo (silodosin) to try ( 7 capsules) Can I safely stop taking Tamsulosin and try the Rapaflo (silodosin)?

Yes: Rapaflo (silodosin) is more selective to the alpha 1a receptors in the prostate and base of the bladder than tamsulosin. Both of these drugs are used to lessen baseline muscle tone within the prostate and bladder base to allow for a reduction in obstructive symptoms. It is safe to stop the tamsulosin and then take the Rapaflo (silodosin) to see if it helps to relieve symptoms more effectively. ...Read more

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Does flomax (tamsulosin) help cure prostatitis?

Does flomax (tamsulosin) help cure prostatitis?

Unfortunately not: Tamsolusin branded as Flomax (tamsulosin) belongs to a group of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers. It can only "soften/loosen your prostate gland" thus minimizing the compression of your urethra, hence allowing you to pee more efficiently. Prostatitis can make the peeing process more difficult and Flomax (tamsulosin) can help the symptoms a bit, but cannot cure prostatitis. Consult doc. Good luck. ...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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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?

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

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What are the typical side effects of flomax (tamsulosin) use?

Variable: Light-headedness, especially upon arising quickly; retrograde or absent ejaculation; also back pain; cough; decreased sexual ability; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; runny or stuffy nose; sinus inflammation; trouble sleeping; weakness. ...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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Has anyone used flomax (tamsulosin) and do the side effect bother you?

Has anyone used flomax (tamsulosin) and do the side effect bother you?

I do.: I've taken Flomax (tamsulosin) for years, and never experienced any side effects. If you are experiencing a side effect (the most common ones reported are dizziness and runny nose), only you can decide if it bothers you enough to stop the drug. ...Read more

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How long can people taken flomax (tamsulosin) for? Does it have long term side effects?

It's safe: Patients can take this medicine for many years, it is generally a safe one, without long-term side effects that we know of yet. ...Read more

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A side effect. If I stop taking the flomax (tamsulosin) will everything go back to normal?

A side effect. If I stop taking the flomax (tamsulosin) will everything go back to normal?

Yes.: The most common side effects of alpha-blockers such as Flomax (tamsulosin) are reversible, but this also includes the therapeutic benefit too. Speak to a urologist about other agents that may treat your symptoms while minimizing the side effects you are experiencing. ...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

Flomax (Definition)

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