Compare Flomax vs. Uroxatral

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Flomax
(Tamsulosin)

Uroxatral
(Alfuzosin)

Makes it easier to urinate. Flomax (Tamsulosin) is a first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate, and it's available as a generic. However, it can cause changes in your sex drive and can take a while to kick in.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Flomax (Tamsulosin)
58%
of people (All ages) say Flomax (Tamsulosin) is worth it
41%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
FlomaxUroxatral
  • Inflammation inside the nose 10%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Cough increased 3%
  • Infection 3%
  • Muscle weakness 3%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Sinus inflammation 2%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Tooth disorder 1%
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How it works
FlomaxUroxatral
Flomax (Tamsulosin) is an alpha-1 blocker. It specifically targets and relaxes muscles in your prostate, which makes it easier to urinate.Coming soon.
Type of medication
FlomaxUroxatral
Alpha blockerPrescription only
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Available as
FlomaxUroxatral
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for (click to learn more)
FlomaxUroxatral
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia - Lower urinary tract symptoms
Risk factors for serious side effects
FlomaxUroxatral
  • Taking medications for high blood pressure
  • Cataract or glaucoma surgery
  • Alcohol use
  • Heavy exercise
  • Hot weather
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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Pain
FlomaxUroxatral
  • Can cause dizziness, muscle pain, headache and stuffy/runny nose.
No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
FlomaxUroxatral
  • First-choice medication for relieving the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
  • Helps make urinating easier.
  • Available as a generic medication.
  • Also available in a combination form with another medication to treat more severe symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
  • Since it works only on the muscles around the prostate, it has fewer blood pressure and heart-related side effects than other medicines in the same class.
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Downsides and risks
FlomaxUroxatral
  • Has to be taken the same time every day.
  • It can take up to one month to see the full effects of the medication.
  • Can reduce sex drive.
  • Flomax (Tamsulosin) can't be stopped suddenly, so you'll need to talk to your doctor about how to stop taking it safely.
  • It doesn't shrink the size of the prostate.
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Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
FlomaxUroxatral
  • Take this 30 minutes after the same meal every day.
  • Can cause dizziness, muscle pain, headache and stuffy/runny nose.
  • Can cause changes in sex drive.
  • Don't stop taking this medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.
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