Compare Flomax vs. Uroxatral

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Flomax
(tamsulosin)

Uroxatral
(alfuzosin)

Makes it easier to urinate. Flomax (tamsulosin) is a good treatment for an enlarged prostate if medical treatment is needed, but it can reduce your sex drive and takes time to kick in.Coming soon.
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4.65Flomax
Reviews for Flomax
58%
of people (All ages) say Flomax is worth it
41%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
FlomaxUroxatral
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Runny nose/ nasal congestion 5%
  • Infection 1%
  • Weakness 2%
  • Abnormal ejaculation 8%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
  • Diarrhea 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
Prescription only
Available as
FlomaxUroxatral
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
FlomaxUroxatral
  • Enlarged Prostate BPH
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
Risk factors for serious side effects
FlomaxUroxatral
  • Taking medications for high blood pressure
  • History of "sulfa" allergies
  • Cataract or glaucoma surgery
  • Alcohol use
  • Heavy exercise
Detailed Flomax (tamsulosin) risks & warnings »
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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.

    Pain
    FlomaxUroxatral
    • Can cause dizziness, muscle pain, headache, stuffy/runny nose and low blood pressure. Get up slowly when sitting or lying down to avoid feeling dizzy or fainting.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    FlomaxUroxatral
    • Flomax (tamsulosin) works just as well as similar medications but with fewer and less severe side effects.
    • Helps make urinating easier.
    • Available in generic.
    • Also available in a combination form with another medication to treat severe symptoms of enlarged prostate.
    • Simple once daily dosing.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    FlomaxUroxatral
    • Flomax (tamsulosin) only treats the symptoms of enlarged prostate. It doesn't make the prostate smaller or stop it from getting bigger.
    • Has to be taken at the same time every day.
    • It can take up to one month to see the full effects of Flomax (tamsulosin).
    • 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.
    Coming soon
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    FlomaxUroxatral
    • Take Flomax (tamsulosin) 30 minutes after the same meal every day.
    • Do not crush, chew, or open Flomax (tamsulosin) capsules.
    • Can cause dizziness, muscle pain, headache, stuffy/runny nose and low blood pressure. Get up slowly when sitting or lying down to avoid feeling dizzy or fainting.
    • Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in dangerous activity until you know how Flomax (tamsulosin) affects you.
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