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Side Effects Of Tamsulosin In Men

Side Effects Of Tamsulosin In Men

What is tamsulosin?

Tamsulosin (Flomax) is a moderately priced drug used to treat enlargement of the prostate gland in men, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. This drug is more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic forms. Generic tamsulosin is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.


Tamsulosin is used by men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia-BPH). It does not shrink the prostate, but it works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and the bladder. This helps to relieve symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, weak stream, and the need to urinate often or urgently (including during the middle of the night).Tamsulosin belongs to a class of drugs known as alpha blockers.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

Each hard gelatin, sustained-release capsule, with an orange body and olive-green cap, with a black line at each end of the capsule and "TSL 0.4" printed in black ink on the capsule, contains tamsulosin HCl 0.4 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate copolymer (polysorbate 80, sodium lauryl sulfate), microcrystalline cellulose, talc, and triethylcitrate; capsule shell: black iron oxide, FD&C Blue No. 2, gelatin, red iron oxide, titanium dioxide, and yellow iron oxide; capsule imprinting ink: antifoam, black iron oxide, shellac glaze, and soya lecithin.

Side Effect

Flomax side effects may include:

  • Postural hypotension (low blood pressure when changing position, such as rising from a seated or lying position)
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Painful, prolonged erection that last four hours or more
  • Retrograde ejaculation
  • Problems with orgasm
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Symptoms related to Peyronie’s disease

How should I take tamsulosin?

Take tamsulosin exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.Tamsulosin is usually taken once a day, approximately 30 minutes after a meal. Try to take this medication at the same time each day.Do not crush, chew, or open a capsule. Swallow the capsule whole.Tamsulosin lowers blood pressure and may cause dizziness or fainting, especially when you first start taking it, or when you start taking it again. Call your doctor if you have severe dizziness or feel like you might pass out.Some things can cause your blood pressure to get too low. This includes vomiting, diarrhea, heavy sweating, heart disease, dialysis, a low-salt diet, or taking diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.

Other Safety Warnings

In 2011, the FDA issued a safety warning regarding an increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer associated with the use of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, including Avodart, Jalyn, Proscar, and Propecia (the latter two are forms of finasteride). All of these drugs now have a warning box on their labels indicating this increased risk.

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