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(Tamsulosin)

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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 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.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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4.746666666666667Flomax
Reviews for Flomax (Tamsulosin)
63%
of people say Flomax (Tamsulosin) is worth it
44%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Cardura (Doxazosin)
38%
25% vs. Flomax (Tamsulosin)
21%
23% vs. Flomax (Tamsulosin)
18%
3% vs. Flomax (Tamsulosin)

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Side effects
FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
  • 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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  • Dizziness 10%
  • Fatigue/feeling unwelle/malaise 6%
  • Fatigue 6%
  • Drowsiness 4%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 2%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 1%
  • Vision abnormal 1%
  • Vertigo 1%
  • Sexual dysfunction 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
Alpha blockerPrescription only
Antihypertensive
Alpha blocker
Prescription only
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Available as
FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
  • 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
    • Cataract or glaucoma surgery
    • Alcohol use
    • Heavy exercise
    • Hot weather
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      Pregnancy category
      FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

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      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

      See the FDA package insert
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      • People on Flomax (Tamsulosin) can be more likely to have heat stroke. Drink plenty of fluids if you're going to be in hot weather, especially if you're going to be exercising or drinking alcohol.
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      Food
      • Take this 30 minutes after the same meal every day.
      • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.
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      Kidneys and liver
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      Sex
      • Can reduce sex drive.
      • Can cause changes in sex drive.
      • People on Flomax (Tamsulosin) can experience changes in their sex drive. Talk to your doctor if you find this bothers you.
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
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      Weight
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      Upsides and benefits
      FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
      • 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.
      • A first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate. Makes it easier to urinate.
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      Downsides and risks
      FlomaxCarduraRapafloUroxatralHytrin
      • 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.
      • 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 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.
      • 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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