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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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My husband wants to quit flomax (tamsulosin) after adverse rxn does he have to taper off takes 0.4 mg bid?

My husband wants to quit flomax (tamsulosin) after adverse rxn does he have to taper off takes 0.4 mg bid?

Flomax (tamsulosin): He should be able to simply stop it, however if he required 0.8mg daily for BPH symptoms, I would expect that his symptoms would be significant on no medication. He may want to discuss other options with his urologist before stopping. ...Read more

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I have chronic prostatitis at age 26 how in the world did this happen and what to do besides take my flomax (tamsulosin)?

I have chronic prostatitis at age 26 how in the world did this happen and what to do besides take my flomax (tamsulosin)?

You are not: The only one, it is more common than you think. You need to take plenty of fluids, take hot baths to your waist, exercise moderately, avoid sitting or standing for long time in one place. You might also need antibiotics. Go see a urologist for more details. ...Read more

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I accidentally took 4 0.4 Flomax, (tamsulosin) instead of the 4 50mg clomipramine I'm supposed to take. What might happen?

I accidentally took 4 0.4 Flomax, (tamsulosin) instead of the 4 50mg clomipramine I'm supposed to take. What might happen?

Floras: You can take up to 0.8 mg flomax (tamsulosin) daily. The dose will likely cause side effects. Common for Flomax: dizzinee and headache. You may have troubles with BP being low. Carful when standing. The effects may last 24 hours. I would call your local poison center for further information. ...Read more

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Ok coming up to 4 weeks now on Flomax (tamsulosin) no sign of any changes. My doc says can take six weeks + is this likely? Or should stop? HELP

Ok coming up to 4 weeks now on Flomax (tamsulosin) no sign of any changes. My doc says can take six weeks + is this likely? Or should stop? HELP

May take longer: Many patients experience earlier change in urine flow. It can take six or more weeks for maximum effect. Dizziness and drowziness arei major side effects of Flomax, (tamsulosin) an alpha1 adrenoceptor blocking agent. ...Read more

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How long will it take to get saw palmetto into my system? I will be transitioning from flomax (tamsulosin). What is proper way to handle the transition time?

Flomax (tamsulosin): Saw palmetto and Flomax (tamsulosin) are two different drugs which affect the prostate in different ways. Saw palmetto is a herb that acts like Finasteride and supposedly reduces the size of the prostate. Studies have shown very little effect of saw palmetto on the prostate. Flomax (tamsulosin) does not affect the size of the prostate, relaxes the smooth muscle of the prostate and its capsule and allows for better flow. ...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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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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Men with bph, how long did it take before flomax (tamsulosin) became effective?

Rapid: Flomax (tamsulosin) is a nice Alpha blocker. There are many similar. My experience is about 2 hrs to onset lasting about 19 hrs. ...Read more

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Cycoscospy my diagnosis was cronic prostatitis im 26 weird huh perscribed flomax (tamsulosin) should I take saw palmetto as well at the same time?

Prostatitis: Prostatitis can occur at any age after puberty. Flomax (tamsulosin) will relax the prostate and make it easier to urinate but likely won't be needed long term as it is primarily used for BPH and you are too young for bph. ...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?

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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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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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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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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Can you take proscar, doxazosin and flomax (tamsulosin) together?

Can you take proscar, doxazosin and flomax (tamsulosin) together?

Not ideal: Doxazosin and Flomax (tamsulosin) are in the same class of drug, known as Alpha blockers. They would not usually be prescribed together, because this could increase the risk of low blood pressure and symptoms such as dizziness. Finasteride is in a different class of drug (which affects testosterone metabolism) and can be taken together with either doxazosin or tamsulosin. ...Read more

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Been on flomax for 2 days for my kidney stone how long does it take?

Been on flomax for 2 days for my kidney stone how long does it take?

Effectiveness: Usually 1-2 weeks will begin the effective range; however, if stones do not pass, continue therapy for an additional 4-6 weeks. ...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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Instructions say to take Flomax (tamsulosin) 30 minutes after a meal. This is very inconvenient. May I take it at bed time instead? Thanks.

Instructions say to take Flomax (tamsulosin) 30 minutes after a meal. This is very inconvenient. May I take it at bed time instead? Thanks.

Does not matter: It really does not matter. But you should take it at the same time every day. Whatever is convenient for you. Ideally it should be taken 30 minutes after a meal. But it will really not make too much difference if you take it, say before going to bed like many of my patients do with rest of their medication pills ...Read more

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How long should it take to pass a 6mm kidney stone once it feels like it's near my clitorous and tearing me? Is flomax (tamsulosin) okay for females?

How long should it take to pass a 6mm kidney stone once it feels like it's near my clitorous and tearing me? Is flomax (tamsulosin) okay for females?

Varies: How long it takes to pass will vary. Most stones that are 6mm will eventually pass. If the pain is not well managed it can be removed endosopically (by working through a cystoscope). It is fine for a female to take flomax (tamsulosin) to help relax the ureter for the stone to pass. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Noticed there is a serious interaction between flomax, which I was just prescribed, and gleevec, but none with sprycel, (dasatinib) which I take for cml. Correct?

Increase serum Floma: Gleevec increases serum levels of flomax, and therefore dosage adjustment may be necessary.
Flomax is metabolized through cyp3a4 and sprycel (dasatinib) is also a substrate for cyp3a4, so may also increase the levels of flomax. ...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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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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Could it be okay for women to take tamsulosin/flomax for kidney stones?

Flomax (tamsulosin) for stone: Flomax (tamsulosin) is often added to a patient with kidney stones to help the stone past. It has been effective in less than 24% in european study. Flomax (tamsulosin) plus a steroid is far more effective and will help up to 65% of patients pass a stone within 30 days. Most patients in the us will not wait that long to past a stone but the medications have been found to be helpful. ...Read more

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Is there a doctor who could tell me if its safe to take proscar, doazosis and flomax (tamsulosin) together?

Is there a doctor who could tell me if its safe to take proscar, doazosis and flomax (tamsulosin) together?

Not ideal: Doxazosin and Flomax (tamsulosin) are in the same class of drug, known as Alpha blockers. They would not usually be prescribed together, because this could increase the risk of low blood pressure and symptoms such as dizziness. Finasteride is in a different class of drug (which affects testosterone metabolism) and can be taken together with either doxazosin or tamsulosin. ...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?

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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