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 88 32
Urinary retention 76 23
BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) 64 41
Urinary urgency 25 6
Prostate problems 9 3
Kidney stones 8 6

Show all 40 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 6
Moderate 21
Mild 21
None 74

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 28 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tamsulosin

Dosage Patients
0.4 mg daily 52
0.4 mg twice daily 9
0.8 mg daily 4
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 22
Course of treatment ended 17
Did not seem to work 16
Other 15
Side effects too severe 11
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 72 patients who’ve stopped taking Tamsulosin

Duration

Currently taking Tamsulosin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Tamsulosin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 15
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 95
Usually 19
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 95
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 9
< $25 67
Not specified 39

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tamsulosin after stopping:

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

Patients stopped taking Tamsulosin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Finasteride (Proscar) 2
Duodart 1
Trospium (Sanctura) 1
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20 patient evaluations for Tamsulosin

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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

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eagleman68
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eagleman68
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Mar 15, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Swollen prostate)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.4 mg Twice daily

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kschu
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kschu
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

See kschu's full Tamsulosin history

Jan 2, 2015 (Started Jul 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Urinary retention)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take mine before bed each night (per Dr instructions) but I believe it helps me all day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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