Compare Hytrin vs. Flomax

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

Hytrin
(terazosin)

Flomax
(tamsulosin)

Coming soon.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.
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Coupons for Hytrin
Best available price for 30 (2mg) capsules of terazosin
Coupons for Flomax
Best available price for 30 (0.4mg) capsules of tamsulosin
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Reviews for Hytrin (terazosin)
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Have you used Hytrin (terazosin)?
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Reviews for Flomax (tamsulosin)
58%
+8% better vs. Hytrin (terazosin)
41%
-9% worse vs. Hytrin (terazosin)
19%
-19% worse vs. Hytrin (terazosin)
Have you used Flomax (tamsulosin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
HytrinFlomax

We haven’t found good data for Hytrin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Hytrin »
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 5%
  • Infection 1%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Abnormal ejaculation 8%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
More Flomax side effects »
How it works
HytrinFlomax
Coming soon.Flomax (Tamsulosin) is an alpha-1 blocker. It specifically targets and relaxes muscles in your prostate, which makes it easier to urinate.
Type of medication
HytrinFlomax
Prescription only
Available as
HytrinFlomax
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
HytrinFlomax
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
HytrinFlomax
    Coming soon.
    • Taking medications for high blood pressure
    • Cataract or glaucoma surgery
    • Alcohol use
    • Heavy exercise
    • Hot weather
    Detailed Flomax (tamsulosin) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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

    Pain
    HytrinFlomax
    No pain related info.
    • Can cause dizziness, muscle pain, headache and stuffy/runny nose.
    Upsides and benefits
    HytrinFlomax
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Downsides and risks
    HytrinFlomax
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    HytrinFlomax
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Learn more
    More about HytrinSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
    Have you used Hytrin (terazosin)?
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    More about FlomaxSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
    Have you used Flomax (tamsulosin)?
    Worth itNot sureNot worth it