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 94 38
Urinary retention 83 27
Benign prostatic hyperplasia 79 63
Urinary urgency 26 6
Kidney stone 9 4

Show all 36 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 20
Mild 24
None 100

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tamsulosin

Side effect Patients
Lightheadedness 6
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 70
0.4 mg twice daily 8
0.8 mg daily 6
0.04 mg daily 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 16
Side effects too severe 12
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 80 patients who've stopped taking Tamsulosin

Duration

Currently taking Tamsulosin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Tamsulosin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 121
Usually 22
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 21
Not at all hard to take 123
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 9
< $25 81
Not specified 55

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
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 1
Oxybutynin (Oxybutynin ER) 1
Trospium (Sanctura) 1
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21 patient evaluations for Tamsulosin

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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