stopping Tamsulosin

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Has anyone just stopped taking this med? If so what were the results? How long were you taking it before stopping? 

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    Hi James:

    I stop taking it becuase it was not helping me one bit!!

    I found it to be a total farce and gave me retrograde ejeculation.

    The retro grade problem correct itself within 48 hrs.  I had been

    taking it for about 8-10 months.  My symptons have somewhat 

    diminished without that farcical drug!

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    I took tamsulosin for 4 days last week. The room started to spin, I was very dizzy and it only stopped b ylying down. After a couple of days was able to have sex with difficulty especially having orgasm and very little ejaculate. It is now the third day after I stopped. What a nightmare. I assume it may take a couple of more days to get it completely out of my system. This is the first time I have taken a bph medication, The urologist said one patient had to go through 3 or 4 medications to find the right one. I don't think I could go through this nightmare again. Here are some alternatives and would to hear what others dealing with bph did: 1: the easiest thing would be to take 3 tablepoons of ground flax each day. I is very low cost and according to research the effect on BPH is equal to the leading bph medication without side effects. Kind of doubt this is true but I think I will try that.  I'm already on a plant based vegan diet, so if I consistently take the flax every morning with oatmail maybe it will stop prostate inflammation? 2. Take 320 mg of saw palmetto is split in two doses a day. The research indicates it is not better than a placebo but their are so many guys who have found it helpful 3. Consider the urolift procedure. I have Medicare and good secondary insurance. As long as the physician doing the procedure takes medicare assignment and having excellent secondary insurance through Cigna I wonder if it would be covered. Does it work, and how long it lasts, and the side effects of the procedure? Because they apply 4 to 6 titanium staples to pull the prostate away from the urethra, what are the side effects of the staples. What if you ever needed a MRI? I hear it can last 4 years and then you have to repeat, can that be done indefinitely?.  4 Consider the PAE procedure. My understanding is that they inject plastic particles into prostate artery to prevent blood flow to prostate and there by eliminate inflammation and enlargement of prostate. Is that permanent. Anyone try that and is it successful and permanent.5  My doctor does REZUM but not urolift. He seems to be against urolift but maybe because he does not do it. I think REZUM needs to be done each year. A friend of mine had a Turp 10 years ago and now he is having BPH again.  Sorry I wrote so much but I am new to going to a urologist for this problem and would of course love to take care of it quickly with minimal side effects including sexual side effects. Any advice would be helpful. I  live in Queens NY so I have access to the NYC metropolitan area. Thanks

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      You might want to look at a Urolift forum.  While I had one done this year (I'm 68) and have had good success, you will see other perspectives.  One reason I had the surgical procedure (2nd one -- my first TUNA needle ablation was 10+ years ago and was no longer effective), was to get off of Tamsulosin.  Some people do not react to tamsulosin.  I reacted badly (no endurance).  Maybe it was the combination with my blood pressure medicine.  Regardless, I am glad to get off of it.  I take Flax oil for the cardiovasular impact.  My urologist has had me on saw palmetto for over 10 years. I am not sure of the impact.  But, so far, my PSA is staying low enough.  Good luck on your choices.

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      Good that you are asking questions, Newzev4!  Good place to start!  

      I had Urolift 2 years ago.  It worked only for 4 months for me, but I was an iffy case to start with.  I'd recommend trying it, as the metal parts are tiny and are not a problem with MRIs.  No side-effects from Urolift, if done correctly...  I went back to stacking firewood three days after the procedure!  I would still recommend  the guy I saw in Salt Lake for the job (I'm in Eastern PA); that said, there are several docs in NYC and Atlantic City who by now are experienced.  

      My urologist wanted to TURP me three years ago, because that's all he did.  A year later, he wanted me to be his first Urolift patient after his training program was finished and I of course declined.

      The Urolift can be repeated, but not indefinitely--- you run out of spaces for the T-heads (They're not really staples.).  My guy said he would repeat only one time.

      The T-heads (my own name for the pieces) are removable, should you choose another course of action later...

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    Hi James,

    I stopped it a week ago after taking it for a month. The reason I stopped it was my nose was blocked (side effect) all the time. In the same time with Tamulosin, I was taking Saw Palmetto and Pygeum. Now I am taking Saw Palmetto and Pygeum. I am going to use Pumpkin seeds oil capsules from tomorrow. No side effects with the plants. I was on Tamulosin for weak flow and urination at night 2/3 times. I have been taking Saw Palmetto and Pygeum since May this year and I wake up once at night. My wee time is always at 3.30 AM.

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    Doctor has recommended a Urolift procedure. I would like communicate with others who had this procedure.  The good, bad and ugly. Thanks
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      I had the procedure done in Dec of 2015. Small (38gm) prostate, no center lobe issues.  The Salt Lake City doctor was well-experienced.  He said it was a "maybe" (though didn't specify why).  6 implants, the max at the time.Initial results were excellent; I peed like the proverbial race horse, no cathing for the first time in 18 months.  I stopped taking hormone depressor, per his instructions (Against my intuition, but I hated those meds...).  About March, the urethra got choked off again, and I was back to cathing.  The doctor offered to do a second round of implants, but when I arrived, I had a UTI that needed blockbuster antibiotics, so he couldn't do  the procedure.  That was October of 2017.  Since then, I've been reading up on other options...

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    I took Tamsulosin for several years and for and started having RE early on. Then the urologist wanted to do TURP and through a discussion with my regular doctor we started Cialis 5mg in the morning with Tamsulosin in the evening. seemed to work with not much ED hep from the Cialis. Recent physical the doctor suggested to go to 10mg of the generic Cialis. Found a Canadian legitimate pharmacy and Indian Tadafil 20mg 88 pills for less than $40. I split the pills and that is working so good that I stopped Tamsulosin 3 weeks ago. Everything is better, I can breathe through my nose now, I feel so much better and I can pee as good as with Tamsulosin. I have a different urologist appointment next week. No TURP for me I don't know if my Medicare supplement ins United Health Care will pay for HoLep but that is what I will be holding out for.

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