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 100 37
Benign prostatic hyperplasia 91 62
Urinary retention 86 28
Urinary urgency 26 6
Kidney stone 9 4

Show all 32 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 22
Mild 22
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
Ejaculation dysfunction 3
Drowsiness 2

Show all 23 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tamsulosin

Dosage Patients
0.4 mg daily 78
0.4 mg twice daily 10
0.8 mg daily 10
0.04 mg daily 1
0.4 mg every other day 1
400 mcg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Tamsulosin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 24
Doctor's advice 24
Other 17
Did not seem to work 16
Side effects too severe 12
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 83 patients who've stopped taking Tamsulosin

Duration

Currently taking Tamsulosin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Tamsulosin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 10
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 20
Not at all hard to take 124
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
Terazosin (Hytrin) 2
Alfuzosin (Uroxatral) 1
Oxybutynin (Oxybutynin ER) 1
Tadalafil (Cialis) 1

Patients stopped taking Tamsulosin and switched to:

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

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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20 patient evaluations for Tamsulosin

Dec 7, 2008 (Started Apr 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 17, 2009 (Started Oct 24, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.8 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Taken WITH and must be WITH ditropan. Impact...bladder is now close to "normal" ...few "accidents"...not the case "pre"

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Sep 3, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for urinary urgency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: helped decrease urgency during daytime hours. still had to get up often at night.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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