Tamsulosin (Flomax)

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I was diagnosed with BPH. My urologist prescribed me Tamsulosin. The first three nights were horrible. My pee was from weak stream to dripping. Then it was gradually back to the stage before taking the med. Then I had severe allergy, running nose all the time for a week. I thought it was normal allergy (although I hardly experienced any allergy in my life). It's gone in a couple of weeks. Then I noticed my retrograde ejaculation and severe ED. I am 56 yo healthy and exercise daily. My ED gets worse that even taking 100 mg of Viagra still could not retain my erection. So I stopped a couple of weeks ago and discussed with the doc about it. He said that its the indication that the drug works. But my urination has not been improved but actually gotten worse. Since I stopped (two weeks already), I am still experiencing retrograde ejaculation, actually it's worse than ever to the point of nothing really comes out. I cannot maintain my erection. It's so bad. I am not sure if anyone has experienced this. Will the condition goes away? I am hoping that stopping the pills, the condition will reverse back to normal. I hope this is not a permanent.

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    I tried Flomax for about 5 weeks many years ago for my self-diagnosed BPH. It gave me retro ejaculation within a couple days but it returned to normal within a week of stopping.

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    Sorry to hear of your experience. I've been taking Tamulosin for 15+ years, 2 tabs per day. My uro lied to me when i questioned him about the RE, but I've little side effects. I went out of town to see another uro about possible treatments. He was like a company rep for the Urolift, saying he actually preferred RE! Now at 77 and doing pretty well, I doubt I'll sign up for any procedures. Best of luck to you.

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    Like many other men, I went through that same pattern....urologist prescribed Tasmsulosin. I had read about the side effects and was very suspicious. Took it for less than two weeks. The stream did not get better, still had to get up at night time, frequent BR visits during the day, at least every two hours and sometimes even shorter intervals. RE was also an issue. I stopped the medication again and continued with what I was already used to. Meanwhile I read and studied different options. From Urolift, FLA, Holep, Green Light, PAE, Rezum, Turp. Eight months after my first AUR, I had found a doctor in Houston I trusted and had the surgery done. In my case it turned out a true blessing. I would recommend you to find a doctor you trust and who has a good track record and follow your guts. Nothing is guaranteed in these cases and every doctor will tell you that. The chances that you are better off than now are pretty good. You are 56 and exercise regularly, which increases your odds absolutely. If you would like to have additional information, you may contact me directly at any time. Best of luck to you!

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      thanks for the reply. were the ED and RE issues resolved after you stopped the med. what was the result of surgery?

      if you could email me. although respond on here helps a lot of ppl to understand the issue.

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      when I stopped medication it improved the RE issue, did not really suffer of ED. I believe the amount of semen is also restricted due to limited space. If urine hardly passes, the same happens to semen. Surgery has been a real success in my case. Everything functions like in my younger years. I often can sleep through the night without getting up, which is wonderful. If you want more infos, PM me.

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    If you still want to try an alpha blocker, then I suggest you switch to alfuzosin. It is a newer alpha blocker that is prescribed more in Europe than in the US; in my opinion US doctors have not caught up to their European counterparts. It generally, has fewer side effects. I switched from tamsulosin to alfuzosin and have experienced fewer side effects. Further, alfuzosin has been shown in clinical studies to lead to far fewer cases of floppy iris syndrome (important for cataract surgery) than tamsulosin.

    Good luck.

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    I'm also 56 but got prescribed Doxasozin for BPH , which is working well. The main side effect early on was postural hypotension but that has eased. No problems with ED or RE, with added benefit that i was able to come off 2 BP meds when i started this.

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    I am 76 and live in UK. Tamulosin is frequently prescribed to reduce frequency of peeing. I took it for a long time but noticed it was reducing my libido. I tried Alfusozin for about a month; it certainly reduced my frequency of visits to loo, but when a dose wore off, it was like a dam about to burst. So I reverted to tamulosin. But libido reduction was unchanged. So I decided to stop all pills. In June 2018 when my prostate was 130ml, I elected to have a PAE (you will need to talk to an interventional radiologist as urologists don't do them). Yesterday an ultrasound scan observed my prostate was now 80ml. My loo visits have reduced from about 6 per night to 1 or 2 (sometimes none at all). Libido has reduced over the years but my age is probably a factor. There are other more recent than viagra treatments for ED. You might think about tadalafil (much reduced in price here since Cialis came off patent)

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    I agree with Rdemyan,

    No RD or RE with Alphursuzin but i had both with Tamulosin.

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    Better get another opinion or two and don't rely on med samples that are left at doctor's offices by drug company reps.

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    To N2506,

    I started FloMax about 45 days ago, only thing I can say I likely had as a side effect was a slight pain at the end of the penis...I stopped medication for 4 days....actually ran out, then got new script and restarted, pain did not return. I have had no other side effects from taking flo max. I was actually having trouble starting flow only at night and presented some moderate low dull pain when starting but dissipated shortly. I was getting up 2-3 times a night, now only once. I added a .3 mg tablet of melotonin at night...and I think that helps too...

    Met with Uro Dr today and I do not have a extra enlarged prostate but he suggested I look at UroLift if things get worse. This forum has been a great educational experience....thanks to all who share their experiences and especially stating which medical fix they tried and the results. My Uro Dr said that

    they just have one Uroligist Dr in the Sacramento, Calif area who just started using the ReZum method. My Dr does have any experience with that but has done the UroLift many times with great success. More research to do.

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    I've been taking flomax for over 15 years and have yet to increase my dosage. I have to say I think my volume of semen lowered but I have no RE. It's hard for me to tell about the ED as I self medicate with black market Cialis at .25-.5 per day. It is for sure underdosed that is why I shoot between .25-.5 day. Works fairly well for me. I am 56 years old and I know a procedure will be coming.

    My concern now is this floppy eye I am reading about. I haven't read enough about it to know what is going on but I am noticing driving at night the lights from other cars are extremely bright. I only started noticing this about 6 months ago. I'll make a new post to get more information.

    Kevin

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