What is Tamsulosin?

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Tamsulosin is used to manage the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It relaxes the smooth muscle in the bladder neck and prostate causing an improvement of urine flow. It is used for symptomatic treatment of bladder outlet obstruction or dysfunction.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bladder problems 105 40
Benign prostatic hyperplasia 90 63
Urinary retention 87 31
Urinary urgency 26 6
Kidney stone 11 5

Show all 33 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 8
Moderate 24
Mild 23
None 104

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tamsulosin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Lightheadedness 7
Dizziness 3
Dizziness with hypotension upon standing 3
Ejaculation delayed 3
Ejaculation dysfunction 3
Drowsiness 2

Show all 25 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tamsulosin

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.4 mg daily 64
0.4 mg twice daily 7
0.8 mg daily 4
0.04 mg daily 1
0.8 mg twice daily 1
0.4mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Tamsulosin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 25
Doctor's advice 24
Other 17
Did not seem to work 16
Side effects too severe 12
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 84 patients who've stopped taking Tamsulosin

Duration

Currently taking Tamsulosin

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Tamsulosin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 125
Usually 23
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 131
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 9
< $25 83
Not specified 60

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tamsulosin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Doxazosin (Cardura) 4
Terazosin (Hytrin) 2
Alfuzosin (Uroxatral) 1
Oxybutynin (Oxybutynin ER) 1
Tadalafil (Cialis) 1

Patients stopped taking Tamsulosin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Doxazosin (Cardura) 2
Finasteride (Proscar) 2
Dutasteride (Avodart) 1
Dutasteride-tamsulosin (Duodart) 1
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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20 patient evaluations for Tamsulosin

Jan 19, 2019 (Started Nov 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.04 mg Daily

Jul 2, 2017 (Started Nov 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.04 mg Daily

Mar 5, 2017 (Started Nov 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.04 mg Daily

Sep 7, 2012 (Started Nov 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.04 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 30, 2017 (Started Dec 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Medication at mornings after breakfast seems to work best for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Mar 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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