At this time, Flomax is available as both as a brand-name drug and a generic. The generic version has been given an AB rating by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means it is considered equivalent to brand-name Flomax.
Flomax® (tamsulosin hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that has been licensed as a treatment for an enlarged prostate. An enlarged prostate is also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH. Flomax is part of a class of drugs known as alpha blockers.
Brand-name Flomax is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Generic Flomax is also available.
Like brand-name Flomax, the generic version comes in one strength -- tamsulosin 0.4 mg capsules.
Generic Flomax is made by various manufacturers, such as:
- Global Pharmaceuticals
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- UDL Laboratories.
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns each generic a rating. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. Generic tamsulosin capsules have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Flomax.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.