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tamsulosin for Urinary Tract Stones: Diagnosed with 2x3mm stone in ER on a Friday night. Given antibiotic, pain medicine, and Flomax. Passed stone within 48 hours! Amazing as I am a skeptical female RN. Side effects- only mild dizziness with first dose. Do I attribute ease of passage with this medication- certainly.
Flomax (tamsulosin) for Urinary Tract Stones: I have bilateral medullary sponge kidney disease and pass stones almost daily. Although it does not relieve the pain, it does help pass the stones and prevent an obstruction. I no longer experience any of the side effects like dizziness, but I also take it at night. I have a history of cardiac reactions to medications and sometimes a stone will cause my heart rate to skyrocket to 160 with a blood pressure of 165/100, but it is clearly the stones and not caused by Flomax. My only complaint is that my insurance refuses to pay for this medicine because I am a woman. I don't think that is right, and I'm not going to accept that kind of discrimination. Even my doctor's office is surprised by the discrimination.
Review by johnnyhighstick (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
tamsulosin for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: After using Flomax for over a year with excellent results my Insurance, stopped paying for brand Flomax and I was switched to generic tamsulosin. Immediately I was unable to urinate. I had to double my dosage, causing more side effects, blurred vision light headedness. Now the generic brand was switched again to another maker and the symptoms are back fully despite my double dosing.
Flomax (tamsulosin) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: The flow is better. I had to go to the ER, because I could not pee. They catheterized me, got over 800 cc's from bladder. The ER doctor put me on Flomax, I am on blood pressure meds, and they help, but the pharmacist mentioned that Flomax can cause blood pressure to drop even more, and ask if I have a blood pressure monitor and I said yes, she said I should keep a close eye on it. The lowest it got was 108/60, pulse 49. The only positive thing, is that I am peeing again. The worst thing and this had never been an issue, is that, when I get the urge to go pee, I have to RUN to the bathroom or I won't make it in time. ER Dr. wants me to follow up with my PCP ASAP.
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Review by Pistol Pete (taken for less than 1 month):
Flomax (tamsulosin) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Started getting some relief within 24 hrs of starting, which is considerably faster than the doc said. Still some hesitancy, but flow much better. No side effects. Hard to complain. Just do it! I suffered too long, might have done some damage had I gone much longer.
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Flomax (tamsulosin) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Flomax works great and quickly too, but it sure makes me feel bad. I find myself skipping days and those days I feel much better. When I take it I feel tired, slow, and light-headed...like I'm in a bit of a fog.
58 users found this comment helpful.
Flomax (tamsulosin) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: I am 57 with Benign Prostate Hyperplasia. Was having problems urinating and have been on Flomax 1 yr., after several weeks problem pretty much gone. Side effects are stuffy nose and a reduction in semen volume. All in all am pleased with it.
52 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Krystal 25 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
tamsulosin for Urinary Tract Stones: I have had kidney stones for 2 years now off and on. I was prescribed Flomax for the first round. I passed the stone. This round the medicine has made me 'faint' have very low blood pressure and just feel like I have the flu. I am 25 year old Female.
Flomax (tamsulosin) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Does exactly what it says it does. Helps stream and urine flow and eases discomfort. Absolutely kills sex drive, causes abnormal ejaculate and possibly causes irritability. Hopefully something better comes along, but I need it. Take if you need it, but avoid if you can.
69 users found this comment helpful.
Flomax (tamsulosin) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Only the brand Flomax works for me. After falling asleep on the seat a few times I switched to Flomax brand and it made all the difference in the world. If I DO wake up to pee, I pee. It's like having a 30-year-old prostate (not 65). But I can pee, whee!
39 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Ian in Scotland (taken for less than 1 month):
tamsulosin for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Started working within a couple of hours. Reduced going for a pee from approx 3 times in 2 hours to once every 2 hours (and usually up to 4 hours more than once a day) so very successful results. Does not aid sleeping through the night but slight improvement in number of times getting up so far (only using for a week). Greatly reduced semen production is only side effect for me.
24 users found this comment helpful.
tamsulosin for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Really started a strong stream with no dribbling after a week. Get dizzy, tired most of the day, no erection without Cialis, retrograde ejaculation (climax feeling is good), and have had draining sinuses for the year I have taken Flomax. Time to see if there is something else or have a TURP.
19 users found this comment helpful.
Flomax (tamsulosin) for Urinary Tract Stones: Have been on it several times for stones. I actually request it from my doctor each time I have a problem stone. While it helps pass stones easily the dizziness is a major factor for myself. But I will continue to use it!
64 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
tamsulosin for Overactive Bladder: Been taking tamsulosin for one week. Previously had been getting up 2-4 times each night and was constantly looking for a bathroom during the day. The first couple of nights I took the tamsulosin I only got up once. On the fourth night I didn't get up at all, and during the day I had no overwhelming urges to run to the bathroom. Have had no side effects such as dizziness, dry mouth or stuffy nose. This stuff really works and I can see it will improve my sleep and my overall lifestyle.
30 users found this comment helpful.
tamsulosin for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Tamsulosin very quickly improved flow of urine, and meant my night wasn't constantly interrrupted. Great! But it has reduced libido and intensity of sexual pleasure. Above all, it has left me feeling very tired - even though I take it in the early evening.
29 users found this comment helpful.
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