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 good treatment for an enlarged prostate if medical treatment is needed, but it can reduce your sex drive and takes time to kick in.
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Have you used Hytrin (terazosin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Flomax
58%
-8% worse vs. Hytrin
41%
+9% better vs. Hytrin
19%
+19% better vs. Hytrin
Have you used Flomax (tamsulosin)?
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Side effects
HytrinFlomax

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

FDA side effect reports for Hytrin »
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Runny nose/ nasal congestion 5%
  • Infection 1%
  • 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
  • Enlarged Prostate BPH
Risk factors for serious side effects
HytrinFlomax
    Coming soon.
    • Taking medications for high blood pressure
    • History of "sulfa" allergies
    • Cataract or glaucoma surgery
    • Alcohol use
    • Heavy exercise
    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.

    Pain
    HytrinFlomax
    No pain related info.
    • 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.
    Upsides and benefits
    HytrinFlomax
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Downsides and risks
    HytrinFlomax
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    HytrinFlomax
    Coming soon
    • 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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    More about HytrinSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
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