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User Reviews for Tamsulosin to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Also known as: Flomax

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Tamsulosin Rating Summary

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5.0/10 Average Rating
231 ratings from 253 user reviews

Compare all 49 medications used in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

Reviews for Tamsulosin

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
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
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
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
Ghuidz · Taken for less than 1 month March 9, 2020

“I was diagnosed with chronic urethritis, had an issues with weak stream, failure to fully empty bladder, frequent peeing at night. My urologist prescribed me this medicine (tamsolin). Initially after a day those symptoms seemed to relieve, but I notice the side effects of this medicine in my body so terribly, like dizziness stuffy nose, severe fatigue bodily weakness, gasping for air when sleeping, tooth sensitivity, and difficult time falling as sleep at night, I consider to set a appointment to my urologist to consult this matter.”

5 / 10
Jr45 · Taken for less than 1 month March 4, 2020

“Had issues with weak urination, stop and start to the flow, but managed. Until I started to unexpectedly “leak” while lying in bed at night for no reason and I always felt like I had to Urinate. So I began taking this. Shortly there after I would get this insane ringing in my right ear. The top of my head, forehead and lips would start to feel like they were vibrating and I had a serious intense headache just behind my forehead. Looking back, 3 weeks after I started this medication, I began having tooth sensitivity and after going to my dentist and having her x-ray three different teeth for cavities, They came back perfectly fine. I also had a very difficult time falling asleep at night. I didn’t realize all these conditions were related to this drug until I read all the reviews and picked out bits and pieces from everyone else’s and realized I was experiencing them all. Time to find a new drug.”

2 / 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
J · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 24, 2020

Flomax (tamsulosin): “I have been on Tamsulosulin for about 6 months, I don't have any side effects, I did have retrograde ejaculation for about a week, but all has been well since. I do forget to take the 1 tablet occasionally. Actually forgot this weekend. I don't notice a marked difference with or without the drug, perhaps a slightly weaker stream and a slightly harder time passing urine, but I do wonder if its actually worth taking? I will discuss this with my Urologist. So give it a go if your Dr says so it dose help a bit.”

3 / 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
Asim · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 15, 2020

“I used to get urine drops, went to the GP in England GP said may be your prostate enlarged even I had it checked by a different doctor and it wasn't but I Was told to take these for a month, I started taking these and after two weeks my right knee started feeling funny and started crackling and after few days it's gone worst every time I move it, it will do click, and ended up in very bad pain tried many exercises because I used to be a sports person but still same. So went back to GP they said its vitamin D, a dr gave me 4000 units tablets but it didn't help even my left knee started same thing intermittently. I stopped Contiflo xl immediately and now my both knees are in extreme pain, I know it's caused by these tablets, I don't where to go because GP in England don't give a damn either they will say its vitamin D or I have serious mental health issues, probably they get some commission from suppliers”

1 / 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
Miguel · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 13, 2020

Flomax (tamsulosin): “53 year old male. Started on flomax .4 dosage for two weeks for my BPH symptoms of urgency, weak stream, failure to fully empty bladder. Seemed to relieve those symptoms initially for a few days up to a week; tapered off the second week, however still improved initial symptoms by twenty-five percent. No noticeable side effects other than decreased ejaculation amounts and delayed ejaculation. Bumped dosage up to .8 after four weeks. Side effects now include minor lower back pain and minor sinus allergies. Seems to be working slightly better than .4; going to continue for another week or two. Was hoping for better results; maybe after more time on the medication?”

6 / 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
BillW · Taken for 6 months to 1 year January 21, 2020

“I am nearly 73 and married. I did not experience any side effects. Tamsulosin was very effective in treating my BPH. The frequent urination ended. Getting up only once per night to go to the bathroom was quite a relief. I used to have to get up numerous times, which interrupted my sleep terribly. I can take long trips in a car and not have to look for a bathroom every hour or so. It was embarrassing to be out with friends and always having to find a men’s room. It did not impair my sexual desire or capacity in any way. This drug changed my life!”

10 / 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
Joe · Taken for 6 months to 1 year January 15, 2020

“I have found that Flomax causes burning sensation after urinating or ejaculation. I still have to urinate often daytime or night , so it really doesn't help me.”

1 / 10
Boots · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 13, 2020

“I have trouble urinating with weak stream dr said my prostate was normal but put me on Tamsulosin with a slight improvement but still up 3 times a night & find I have to urinate often during the day & I keep fluids to a minimum, & forget about sexual enjoyment no problem with erection but no ejaculation so why bother. So I tried to stop taking & then couldn’t pee at all. I wish my doc. Told me about this”

5 / 10
Marebear January 12, 2020

“I am using this for frequent nighttime trips to urinate, like 3-4 times a night. Sleep was interrupted and poor. Now I am able to get a good night's sleep with only having to get up once a night to void. I did not see GI symptoms listed as possible side effects. But, like Steve67, I too have the heartburn/gastric reflux. Been taking this for about 2 month now. And the med may have caused a wave of intense nausea I had to coach myself out of. Interesting to say the least.”

8 / 10
Dew · Taken for less than 1 month January 12, 2020

Flomax (tamsulosin): “Took 1 capsule and I feel bad. Worst than the kidney spasms I've been having that its suppose to help. Heart pounding, shakey not feeling well. I will never take another dose of this”

1 / 10
SUR · Taken for less than 1 month December 29, 2019

“Horrible, took tamsulosin for 1 weeks and I almost choked to death with breathing problem, congestion, chest pain. Now looking for alternatives.”

1 / 10
KV · Taken for less than 1 month December 16, 2019

Flomax (tamsulosin): “Must be careful with flomax side effects and check for interactions with other BP/heart meds. My conditions cleared with first pill. BPH was induced by other infection and allowed antibiotics to work by restoring the urine flaw. I stopped after the second pill. It should be made available at much lower dose for induced BPH treatment.”

5 / 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
SRWMIAMI · Taken for 6 months to 1 year December 2, 2019

Flomax (tamsulosin): “This is my third comment, last one I had found that eliminating coffee helped the drug work better. Well it worked so good that coffee intake crept back in and now although it works, the side effects are off the charts. Fatigue no strength, sinus congestion runny nose shortness of breath, vision problems. Awful. So I am experimenting taking it every other day. As soon as the side effects clear up, it's effectiveness dwindles. If I can skip two days, I'll have a good nights sleep on the second night and no congestion on the third day. Last I took it was early Friday morning and it's now Monday at noon. I'm a little nervous going to work but I'm going to try and make it. if I get really stuck, dunking or spraying my penis with warm water can get things started (like a warm shower can do). I'm taking Cialis 5mg and a natural supplement. I'll have to quit coffee again . I hope to God to wean off this drug and not have to go with a procedure.”

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.”

EuroAll · Taken for less than 1 month November 22, 2019

Flomax (tamsulosin): “AVOID THIS DRUG! After taking only ONE pill, I was sick as a dog, and felt like I had the flu! Almost 24 hours later, feeling better, but not 100% yet. I don't doubt the drug's effectiveness of BPH, however as far as I'm concerned the particularly nasty side effects simply isn't worth any of its so-called benefits. I will be seeikng alternative, more natural treatments to my minor BPH case. NEVER AGAIN Flomax!”

1 / 10