Tamsulosin and vertigo

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I recently started Tamsulosin and after several days I experienced significant episodes of vertigo, spinning, sweating, nausea and vomiting. I contacted my GP and was prescribed Dramamine and while my symptoms improved, recurring episodes of mild positional vertigo have persisted in the days following, primarily while turning in or getting out of bed.

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    Tamsulosin (Flomax) lowers blood pressure slightly. Don't know what else you are taking, but you should be monitoring your blood pressure at home. It can take a while for the body to get used to the tamsulosin. When I started taking it many years ago I felt a bit light headed, but that feeling eventually went away. Instead of taking it every day you can take it every other day. You can also just take it before bed. It has a "half life" of almost 3-5 days so it will still have some effect if you stop it for a couple of days. You have to be your own doctor with any drug - monitor your urine flow, blood pressure etc. and adjust the dose accordingly. I have been taking Flomax for many years and have no issues.

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    You might want to consider taking daily Cialis instead of the Tamsulosin.

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    You may be one of those people who can simply NOT take that medication due to side effects. Call your doctor immediately and tell him/her of your symptoms.

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    Tamsulosin is a mild blood pressure med (alpha blocker). I have had the same side effects as you and as an added side affect they make my BPH symptoms worse. I tried Rapaflo, Alfuzosin, Tamsulosin, and Doxysosin, all were the same. Insurance will NOT pay (at least mine won't) for Cialis for BPH or anything else for that matter. My Dr prescribed it for me from a Canadian pharmacy, the cast was 50.00 for 90 days. It did not help. The UroLift helped me.

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    I've been taking Tamsulosin for about 8-9 years, and never experienced the symptoms you mention until about a year ago, when I had four bouts of vertigo/dizziness and couldn't stand or focus my eyes. I also experienced nausea and vomiting, and had loose bowels, and spent four nights on the bathroom floor. I also had (for the entire miserable year) a very pronounced loss of hearing and pressure in the ears that would vary in severity on almost a daily basis, which also came on very suddenly a year earlier.

    My HMO really dropped the ball, and wrote it all off to an age-related loss of hearing, and recommended hearing aids.

    I continued to insist that something was going on, and did hours of research online. One of the possibilities that was frequently mentioned was Meniere's Disease which effects the vestibular structure in the inner ear (responsible for balance) , and can cause the symptoms of vertigo, etc. that we both experienced.

    I insisted on seeing a nose ear and throat specialist, and was FINALLY given an appointment. He ordered a more sophisticated audiology test, which indicated a very noticeable drop of in hearing in the low frequency range, also characteristic of Meniere'sDisease.

    To make a very long story short, he agreed that Meniere's Disease (which is not fatal, and has no cure) was a distinct possibility, and prescribed a half-dose of a very common diuretic (Triamterene-Hydrochloride), and the symptoms vanished in two days!

    There are apparently a number of causes for the symptoms we experienced, but many involve the inner ear. You might want to have a hearing test, and see an ENT Dr.

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    I had tamsulosin prescribed and it made me feel awful. I felt spaced out and giddy. I stopped taking it after two weeks.

    I know many take it with no problems but if you google it and look for reviews. You will get an idea of some of the drawbacks with this drug for some people.

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