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Tamsulosin For Bph

Tamsulosin For Bph

What is tamsulosin?

Tamsulosin is a prescription drug. It comes as a capsule you take by mouth.

Tamsulosin oral capsule is available as the brand-name drug Flomax. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug.

This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. That means you may need to take it with other drugs.

Why it’s used

Tamsulosin is used to treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a condition that can occur in men. With BPH, the prostate is enlarged but isn’t cancerous.

Symptoms of BPH include trouble urinating, and a frequent or urgent need to urinate that often occurs at night.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of BPH?

Normally, the prostate adds fluid to semen. As you age, the gland can start to grow, which may cause problems.

The urethra, which is the tube urine travels through on its way out of the bladder, runs right through the prostate. Over time, the prostate can grow large enough to press down on and squeeze the urethra. This pressure narrows the exit. This can make it more difficult for the bladder to release urine. Eventually, the bladder may become so weak that it can’t release urine normally.

This can lead to symptoms such as:

  • a constant need to urinate
  • an urgent need to urinate
  • a weak urine stream
  • dribbling after urination

How Cialis Works for BPH

Cialis was originally developed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), which is difficulty getting an erection. Researchers then discovered that the drug also helps relieve BPH symptoms. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Cialis for men who have both BPH and ED.

In ED, Cialis works by increasing the levels of a chemical called cyclic guanosine monophosphate, or cGMP. This chemical increases blood flow to the penis. The chemical also relaxes muscle cells in the bladder and prostate. This may be why it eases the urinary symptoms of BPH. Cialis was approved for BPH after studies had found men who took 5 milligrams per day had improvements in both BPH and ED symptoms.

Talking to Your Doctor About BPH Treatment

Cialis and Flomax are just two of many drugs that are approved to treat BPH. Whenever you’re considering any new medicine, it’s important to discuss all of your options with your doctor. Find out how these drugs can help your symptoms and what side effects they might cause. Choose the drug that offers the best relief with the fewest risks.

Which drug you choose may also depend on what other health conditions you have. Cialis is a good option for men with both BPH and ED. Flomax is primarily for BPH. Both of these drugs can cause a drop in blood pressure and wouldn’t be a good choice for you if you already have low blood pressure or if your blood pressure varies.

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