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Some alternatives to Flomax include watchful waiting, surgery, or other medications. Watchful waiting does not include any kind of treatment and is especially useful when there are no symptoms accompanying an enlarged prostate. Surgery is an option when there are severe enlarged prostate symptoms. Some medications that are Flomax alternatives include 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, which may take up to six months to see results, or alpha blockers, which do not reduce the size of the prostate, but can quickly relieve symptoms.

An Overview of Flomax Alternatives

There are several alternatives to Flomax® (tamsulosin hydrochloride) for an enlarged prostate (known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH). These Flomax alternatives include:
  • "Watchful waiting"
  • Surgery
  • Other BPH medications.

Flomax Alternatives Explained


Watchful Waiting
Watchful waiting is a commonly used medical term that refers to careful monitoring of a condition rather than using any kind of treatment. Watchful waiting is especially appropriate if a man does not have any symptoms of an enlarged prostate or if the symptoms are not too bothersome. Watchful waiting will include regular visits to your healthcare provider.
If BPH is causing severe symptoms or if medication is not helping, surgery is an option. There are several different types of surgeries for an enlarged prostate.
(Click BPH Surgery for more information.)
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