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User Reviews for Tamsulosin to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Also known as: Flomax

Tamsulosin has an average rating of 5.1 out of 10 from a total of 253 ratings for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. 27% of those users who reviewed Tamsulosin reported a positive effect, while 38% reported a negative effect.

Tamsulosin Rating Summary

5.1/10 average rating

253 ratings from 272 user reviews.

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Reviews for Tamsulosin

Harvey · Taken for less than 1 month April 26, 2021

Flomax (tamsulosin): “Was prescribed Flomax for urine retention issues, after going to ER to have catheter to empty bladder. Within a week or so after starting the medication, experienced severe back, hip, neck and shoulder pains - pain seemed to move from location to location. Was so bad that at times I could barely move. Stopped the meds and pain vanished in a few days. Subsequently had a TURP procedure which seems to have improved urine flow and reduced urine retention.”

1 / 10
BurningP · Taken for less than 1 month April 12, 2021

“I took this for Pelvic Inflammation Disease. Basically, inflammation of the prostate caused urinary issues (trouble voiding, frequency, etc). Prescribed Flomax to help those issues. Overall, the medication only did 2 things to me. 1. Retrograde ejaculation (ejaculation travels backward up into your bladder) and constant erections. Got on Alfuzosin instead. That worked a lot better. I say give it a try, since overall I didn’t get “bad” side effects.”

5 / 10
Small Engine Guy · Taken for less than 1 month April 5, 2021

“Just started Tamsulosin (Flomax) for urinary problems. Oh man, what an experience. Has anyone noticed small amounts of fecal matter leaking from the anus? This is crazy stuff!”

5 / 10
islandguy · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 8, 2020

Flomax (tamsulosin): “Flomax dramatically improved my "flow" and I no longer need to get up in the night to use the bathroom. I take it along with Avodart. Sexual desire is somewhat reduced but as I'm 56 and my wife is no longer interested in sex [its been a few years since we last had sex] that is not such a bad thing. When masturbating, orgasm is very gentle, more a mental experience than a physical one with no pulsing contractions and no semen comes out. On the positive side, my libido is no longer so urgent, I masturbate much less and there is no longer a tight aching sensation when I abstain from masturbating. Overall, it is a good medication to be on if you are no longer sexually active and or if you would like to reduce or even give up masturbation.”

9 / 10
SRWMIAMI February 14, 2020

Flomax (tamsulosin): “My last post was two months ago, when I had been tapering off the Flowmax and going with a supplement. I am shocked that I'm doing so well. I started the Flowmax out of desperation. I had to plan my days around bathrooms. Even then I couldn't always go. It was the worst at night, often having to get I the shower just to get a stream started. Long car trips were out of the question. Air travel made me very nervous. Flowmax worked but the side effects were awful. Tired, low libido, congestion, runny nose. Today, two months free of it I have just a few moments of hesitation (when getting up from sleeping) and a short walk to and from the kitchen usually cures that. I even can have a coffee daily without urgency. I really never believed supplements work but this one does. It is Made with Saw Palmetto, Stinging Nettle, Pumpkin Seed Oil and Lycopene. I urge you to experiment if you can't stand Flowmax's side effects.”

4 / 10
Barry · Taken for less than 1 month October 5, 2020

Flomax (tamsulosin): “I tried Flomax years ago and have suffered from BPH for many years. I expected retrograde ejaculation, but I didn’t even feel like I had an orgasm and changed my arc. Last week I was prescribed Flomax after my lithotripsy. I’d forgotten and had intercourse today. I can NOT have an orgasm with Flomax or meaningful pleasure. It’s back to doxazosin mesylate for me immediately. I could live without the ejaculation but Flomax completely ended my sex life in 3 days! I hope to be back to normal in a week or so.”

1 / 10
jpozenel May 17, 2016

Flomax (tamsulosin): “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 I'm in a bit of a fog. I also notice that my vision is very much blurred when I take this drug. It takes hours after waking for my vision to be somewhat clearer. I'm supposed to take it twice a day, but once a day is more than sufficient. There doesn't seem to be a lower dosage in a capsule, so I open them and dump some of it out. It's pretty inexpensive so that's not a problem.”

4 / 10
JJ February 7, 2020

Flomax (tamsulosin): “I have been on flomax for approximately three years and did not have any real side effects until I realized that every other person was having ejaculation problems, lack of sexual desire, and erectile dysfunction. I personally thought it was the whole prostate brachytherapy procedure that has caused these problems . After brachytherapy for prostate cancer they generally recommend flomax. I stayed on flomax without thinking of the side effects thinking it was the other meds causing the effects. Anyway, I stopped flomax 4 days ago and ever since I stopped I have been feeling the severe side effects of fatigue, flu like symptoms every day since I have stopped. Has anyone taking flomax have the same withdrawals that I have experienced in coming off flomax? Nowhere does it say that there are withdrawal effects when coming off flomax. I have checked almost every site. All they say is if you stop flomax tell your doctor before starting again. I will be searching for anyone’s reply.”

3 / 10
John Doe · Taken for less than 1 month February 28, 2020

Flomax (tamsulosin): “Took first pill, room started to spin, dizziness and heart rate thru the roof. Thought I it was going to it for me, wanted to call ambulance but tried to work through it. Passed out at some point. Ridiculous”

1 / 10
SomeGuy783 · Taken for less than 1 month January 18, 2020

Flomax (tamsulosin): “I was on Tamsulosin for moderate BPH symptoms for 3 1/2 weeks. The first week was moderate side effects - positional dizziness, stuffy nose, some fatigue after light exercise. Second week saw some improvements. Beginning of the third week I had increasingly severe fatigue and bodily weakness, constipation, stuffed sinuses. It got to the point where I was spending 12-14 hours per day in bed, and was too weak for most activities. I stopped the medication, and recovered fully in about 10 days. Lesson: At the onset of severe side effects, just stop.”

1 / 10
yar · Taken for 10 years or more June 6, 2020

Flomax (tamsulosin): “Been on flomax for about 4 years. Had all the bad side effects at the beginning like everyone else. Gradually they went away except for dry orgasm. On doctors suggestion had eurolift procedure last year with the plan that I could get off the medications. Gradually stopped the flomax over 1 month. Went without for 2 months and normal ejaculation returned. Then symptoms began to return and I am back on flomax. Don't know what is next or maybe flomax is the only thing left.”

8 / 10
X March 12, 2021

Flomax (tamsulosin): “After the invasive bladder exam, Wednesday I was prescribed Flomax. I went directly the pharmacy tho I was offered a cheaper generic, I took flomax. I took only 3 pills (the low dosage) over 3 days. I did not like it. I was provoked to urinate almost 30 times in 24 hours. It’s a gut punch -squeeze on your innards to get urine out, with forced straining, grimacing. It is hard to describe the discomfort / pain, and it lingers a little after. The genitals are sensitized by this drug. More sensitive than before, not good. Just no. After speaking to nurses and pharmacists (who went back and forth on this ) I stopped after 3 doses. I used sleeping pills to sleep through most of the last 3 nights. I couldn’t leave the house until yesterday because I’d have to go. The effects of the drug aren’t out of my system since taking the last dose on Sunday - today is Thursday night.”

1 / 10
Deuce · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 29, 2020

“Am 70 years old and have been taking tamulosin for 3 years. Before starting on it I was typical with many night time bathroom trips per night. Always looking for a mens room. Car trips were awful, you get the idea. No side effects. Now, no problem, back to normal. Also take finasteride daily. Since starting these two, my libido is slowed, and ejaculation is now internal. But I'm 70 and no woman wants to sleep with me anyway, LOL.”

9 / 10
SRWmiami June 17, 2019

Flomax (tamsulosin): “I've posted before about this drug not really working well, with side effects making me question whether to continue. Recently I was seriously considering that I'd have to have surgery and I'm only 58. But I discovered that eliminating coffee has cleared up almost all my symptoms! Doctor didn't suggest that. I was suffering with pelvic pain weak stream, incomplete emptying, inability to start, many nighttime trips, having to pee in the shower to get relief. I've been on the drug for 90 days now, and the first 60 days were like that. Since stopping coffee and switching to one or two green tea a day instead, most of my condition has cleared up. I remain on the drug, and I've gotten used to the slight fatigue. Ejaculation is almost normal too. I also am on 5mg Cialis. I'm so happy I found a solution that I can control. If you haven't considered eliminating coffee, please try it before going any further with a second drug or procedure.”

7 / 10
SRWMIAMI · Taken for 6 months to 1 year December 11, 2019

Flomax (tamsulosin): “I was on this drug Flomax for nine months and although it worked very well I couldn't stand the side effects. Tired, stuffy, short of breath. I didn't have ejaculation problems after I got used to it. But I decided I'd had enough and dared to taper off it. First every other day then once every three days. Symptoms returned but not as bad as I had anticipated. Occasional trouble starting and weak stream, but I was getting by. It's been two weeks without it. I started a natural supplement at the same time which I take twice a day. I bought a three month supply and it seems it's helping me transition off the Flomax. Energy is returning, congestion is going away and getting by pretty well. I really can't recommend this drug unless it is absolutely necessary. It's just not worth feeling like rubbish all the time.”

4 / 10
Tex · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 16, 2020

Flomax (tamsulosin): “Been using Flomax for several years. I’m 70 . My U Dr told me to stop taking Flomax four to six weeks before my next appt . To test/measure the results of the long term use of it. Nine months ago he started me on Finasteride 5 mg . Since stopping Flomax Cold turkey. I’m very weak stuffy nose back pain. Can’t urinate completely, pee runs out several seconds later. I end up standing there waiting and several streams expel in two or three intervals. Night sweats. Face flushing during the day.”

4 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 5 to 10 years August 14, 2012

Flomax (tamsulosin): “Helped me urinate a stream like you wouldn't believe. Took this medicine for 6 years and saw my sexual performance fade away fast. Sex felt numb. No ejaculation, poor performance for my wife. Finally quit and have better erections and love life is much better now. ”

2 / 10
Scottathan July 23, 2013

Flomax (tamsulosin): “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.”

6 / 10
Hgg · Taken for less than 1 month January 17, 2021

Flomax (tamsulosin): “Within a week of beginning the medication my energy plummeted. I also developed a tooth abscess which I have come to find out as a possible side effect. As far as benefits nothing is discernible. After walking out the flight of stairs in my gym heading for the treadmill I became so lightheaded and nauseous I had to go and sit down which is completely opposite of my normal conditioning.”

1 / 10
Islanddave · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 18, 2021

Flomax (tamsulosin): “I have mixed feelings about Flomax. The sexual side effects should by now be well known and doctors and pharmacists should be discussing but sometimes fail to do so. Flomax is very seldom given to young men, commonly it is given to those 50+. If you are sexually active the side effects can be problematic. If you are not sexually active the sexual side effects can be a good thing. I fall into the latter category and a diminished libido, combined with a gentler ejaculation is a good thing. But, after being on Flomax continually for about a week, the back and joint pain starts. Not good. The nasal congestion and headaches also not good. I discussed with my doctor, she suggested that I try taking it every second day. So far so good.”

7 / 10
zyprexafool · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 1, 2020

“57 years old and have been on Tamsulosin for about 4 years. Had reoccurring urination problems for a couple of years after a prolonged bad bout with prostititis. Ended up with blockage that required catheter for a couple of weeks. (not the first time) Urologist put me on this "stuff", and yes I am now Niagara falls in the can, but the side effects were and are off the charts and have gotten progressively worse over time. Constant dizziness, no energy, bad balance, muscle & joint aches, breathing and sinus problems (runny nose, sneezing, pain, nasal drip) and recently have developed a cough and have to clear throat constantly. I'm done! Tapering off. Will talk to my urologist about other options. At this point the catheter looks good! lol This drug does work well, but the "price" of the side effects is just too high for me. Good luck!!”

8 / 10
Bert62 September 5, 2014

Flomax (tamsulosin): “I had to stop taking Flomax because it made my sinuses completely clogged. I could not sleep because I had to keep my mouth open to breathe, which caused dry mouth and sore throat. Never got any sleep on it. It also caused retrograde ejaculation, where the semen goes back into the bladder instead of out the end of the penis. The short time I was on it helped the urination a little but, but not a lot.”

3 / 10
Roy · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 28, 2019

Flomax (tamsulosin): “After being diagnosed with type2 diabetes at age 50, I began scatching my groin unconsciously. It was an itch I couldn't scratch. I was also dribbling urine a bit before I could make it to the rest room. My doctor prescribed a kidney/bladder ultrasound because I had high proteins in my urine. The ultrasound revealed a thickening of the bladder wall at the urethra. I was diagnosed with BPH, benign prostate hyperplasia. That sucker was huge. I was prescribed Flomax. From day one it worked. Complete bladder empty, no drips and no more scratching. One major side-effect: dry/retrograde ejaculation. When the wife and I get frisky, absolutely nothing comes out. It is back flowing into my bladder.”

Rock · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 10, 2021

“Been taking tamsulosin for 3 years now. Diagnosed with BPH. Stopped the night time bathroom trips and now I only urinate 2-3 times a day! Seem to have lost the feeling of needing to urinate until my bladder starts screaming I’m full! Then I have to go right then! Experience some side effects like shortness of breath and sensitivity of teeth along with unstable balance and loss of eye sight!! I’m 59 and was still sexually active till I started this medication!”

5 / 10
Cody2277 July 14, 2016

Flomax (tamsulosin): “Almost immediately elimination of night time visits to bathroom...and accompanying discomfort of urination ..could sleep all night and in the morning no painful urination... First night or 2 encountered mild side effects including mild nasal congestion and minor headaches or occasional back pain, but side effects went away after a few days... certainly manageable but sensed no immediate or significant flow improvements (strange) .... Now 2 weeks in flow is improving erection issues except reduced semen (who cares) and occassional multiple orgasms...a great trade off... Give it a try for a month unless side effects are unbearable.but keep in mind such posts and blogs usually attract folks who have issues rather than those who dont”

9 / 10
totallyforgiven October 13, 2013

Flomax (tamsulosin): “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.”

8 / 10
Theronster · Taken for less than 1 month March 15, 2020

“I'm a 55 year old male. For many years I've have had weak stream but not to the point to make me want to see a doctor. Recently though when I would wake up it would be complete blockage with some discomfort as I sat there waiting and waiting on the toilet. So brought this up with doc and he prescribed tamsulosin. I'm not kidding, within one day, like a fire hydrant was opened and it was like I was in college again. I do have tooth sensitivity like when I'm chewing ice it's almost painful. I only take once every 2 days. Great stuff.”

10 / 10
Wyosteve August 12, 2013

Flomax (tamsulosin): “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.”

9 / 10

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