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Flomax Alternatives

(tamsulosin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Men's health
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These medications are comparable to Flomax (tamsulosin) or used for similar purposes.

Flomax
(tamsulosin)

Cardura
(doxazosin)

Rapaflo
(silodosin)

Uroxatral
(alfuzosin)

Hytrin
(terazosin)

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.Lowers blood pressure and makes it easier to urinate. For men, Doxazosin will help make it easier to urinate so that you're not getting up a lot at night. It's a last-choice treatment for high blood pressure.Coming soon.Coming soon.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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Reviews for Cardura
38%
+20% better vs. Flomax
21%
+20% better vs. Flomax
18%
-1% worse vs. Flomax
101 reviews
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Side effects
FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
  • 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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  • Dizziness 7%
  • Headache 1%
  • Fatigue 6%
  • Edema 2%
  • Somnolence 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Pain 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Rapaflo side effects.

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

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

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How it works
FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
Flomax (tamsulosin) is an alpha-1 blocker. It specifically targets and relaxes muscles in your prostate, which makes it easier to urinate.Doxazosin is a selective alpha blocker. It relaxes the urethra and prostate, which makes it easier to urinate. It also lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.
Type of medication
FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for
FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
  • Enlarged Prostate BPH
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
  • Taking medications for high blood pressure
  • History of "sulfa" allergies
  • Cataract or glaucoma surgery
  • Alcohol use
  • Heavy exercise
Detailed Flomax (tamsulosin) risks & warnings »
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Cataract surgery
Detailed Cardura (doxazosin) risks & warnings »
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        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.

        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 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.

        Food
        FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
        No food related info.
        • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.
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        Pain
        FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
        • 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.
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        Upsides and benefits
        FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
        • 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.
        • A first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate. Makes it easier to urinate.
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        Downsides and risks
        FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
        • 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.
        • A last-choice treatment for high blood pressure because other medicines are more effective at preventing heart disease. Your doctor might add it to a medicine you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
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        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
        • 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.
        • Can cause dizziness or fainting in the first few days.
        • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
        • Can cause fatigue or headache.
        • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.
        • You might need to check your blood pressure from time to time while taking this medicine.
        • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
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        Have you used Uroxatral (alfuzosin)?
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