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Flomax is often prescribed to relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate. When first starting the drug, the dose is 0.4 mg once daily. If Flomax does not seem to be working after two to four weeks, your healthcare provider may increase your dose to 0.8 mg once daily. Potential side effects include abnormal ejaculation, runny nose, or dizziness.
What Is Flomax?Flomax® (tamsulosin hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed as treatment for an enlarged prostate. An enlarged prostate is also known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH.
How Does Flomax Work?Flomax is part of a class of drugs known as alpha blockers. It works by blocking alpha-1 receptors. Alpha-1 receptors are found in several places of the body, including the prostate gland.
Effects of FlomaxSeveral studies have looked at how well Flomax treats enlarged prostate symptoms:
- Incomplete bladder emptying
- Frequent urination
- Intermittent stops and starts in the urine flow
- Feeling of urgency when needing to urinate
- Weak urine stream
- Having to get up to urinate frequently during the night.