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. Off label it is used for symptomatic treatment of bladder outlet obstruction or dysfunction.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bladder problems 89 36
Urinary retention 79 25
BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) 68 51
Urinary urgency 26 6
Prostate problems 9 3
Frequent urination 8 3

Show all 41 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
Severe 8
Moderate 21
Mild 22
None 88

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tamsulosin

Side effect Patients
Lightheadedness 5
Dizziness 3
Dizziness with hypotension upon standing 3
Ejaculation delayed 3
Dizziness and feeling faint 2
Drowsiness 2

Show all 29 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tamsulosin

Dosage Patients
0.4 mg daily 53
0.8 mg daily 8
0.4 mg twice daily 7
0.04 mg daily 1
0.4 mg every other day 1
400 mcg daily 1
0.4mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Tamsulosin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 23
Course of treatment ended 21
Did not seem to work 17
Other 15
Side effects too severe 11
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 78 patients who’ve stopped taking Tamsulosin

Duration

Currently taking Tamsulosin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Tamsulosin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 111
Usually 19
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 111
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 9
< $25 74
Not specified 49

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tamsulosin after stopping:

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

Patients stopped taking Tamsulosin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Finasteride (Proscar) 2
Dutasteride-tamsulosin (Duodart) 1
Trospium (Sanctura) 1
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21 patient evaluations for Tamsulosin

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slowrambler
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Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Mild
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See slowrambler's full Tamsulosin history

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
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bindi
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 75
Condition: High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

See bindi's full Tamsulosin history

Jan 30, 2017 (Started Dec 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for BPH (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
expastrychef
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expastrychef
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I have:
MS

See expastrychef's full Tamsulosin history

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Feb 03, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.4 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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