Brand Names : Flomax
- Benign prostatic hypertrophy therapy agent
(tam-SOO-loh-sin) is used to treat the
signs and symptoms of benign enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic
hyperplasia or BPH). Benign enlargement of the prostate is a problem that
can occur in men as they get older. The prostate gland is located below the
bladder. As the prostate gland enlarges, certain muscles in the gland may
become tight and get in the way of the tube that drains urine from the bladder.
This can cause problems in urinating, such as a need to urinate often, a weak
stream when urinating, or a feeling of not being able to empty the bladder
Tamsulosin helps relax the muscles in the prostate and the opening of the
bladder. This may help increase the flow of urine and/or decrease the symptoms.
However, tamsulosin will not shrink the prostate. The prostate may continue
to get larger. This may cause the symptoms to become worse over time. Therefore,
even though tamsulosin may lessen the problems caused by enlarged prostate
now, surgery still may be needed in the future.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the
following dosage form:
Some commonly used brand names are:
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