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There are several possible side effects of Flomax, and depression does not appear to be one of them. However, depression is a common condition in society today, so it is important to be aware of some of the symptoms, such as a persistently sad mood, feelings of hopelessness, and irritability. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you develop any symptoms of depression while taking Flomax.

Is Depression a Flomax Side Effect?

There are several possible side effects for people taking Flomax® (tamsulosin hydrochloride). However, depression does not appear to be one of them. In clinical studies, depression was not reported as either a common or rare side effect of Flomax.
 

Flomax and Depression: What to Look For

While depression may not be a commonly reported side effect of Flomax, it is extremely common in society today. In fact, in any given one-year period, 9.5 percent of the population (about 18.8 million American adults) has depression. Therefore, knowing the symptoms of depression can be helpful.
 
Possible depression symptoms may include:
 
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy; fatigue; feeling "slowed down"
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight loss, or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain.
     
Keep in mind that there are other conditions that can share similar symptoms with depression.
 
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