Tamsulosin Hydrochloride

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I was prescribed to take 56 capsules of Tamsulosin 400 microgram, which I had taken 45 before stopping it as I was afraid it could cause serious problem. After taking the first capsule, I felt the benefit of it the next morning when I got a smooth urine flow. I continued taking it until few days ago when I got problem urinating in the morning. It seemed blocked and took awhile before it flows out in tiny sprays and not fully discharged. I am awaiting to see my GP. Meanwhile, any feedbacks from the forum would be much apprecaited.

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    I've taken a similar number of Tamsulosin 400 microgram capsules, with good effect, although the flow is still slow. My GP said he was going to arrange a scan (ultrasound, not MRI), just to be sure there wasn't a bladder stone causing a problem. I'm not a doctor, but your symptoms could be due to something like that. 

    If your GP doesn't suggest a scan, it might be worth mentioning it.

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      I have been to my GP recently and he has referred me to see a consultant at UCL. I am taking Tamsulosin twice a week as I got side-effect with poor vision, caused by floaters. I also would be seeing the eye specialist at Moorfield Eye Hospital for check up. I got sort of burning sensation urinating after passing motion. I wonder any of you do get similar reactions taking tamsulosin.
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      I had floaters before taking Tamulosin, and it doesn't seem to have made them any worse. I've not had any burning sensations either.

      I guess I've been lucky... so far.

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    Another possibility is prostatitis.  I have had that a couple of times while on tamsulosin, and it definitely tends to slow the flow.  If you have any dysuria (burning, discomfort on urinating) that might be the cause.  Treatment is antibiotic for a month or so.  My symptoms regressed after a day or two on antibiotics, but you have to take it the whole time.

    I do not think I would stop taking the tamsulosin - that might lead to an acute obstruction.  When I tried a different drug for a few days, within 1 or 2 days my flow was dramatically reduced.  I went back on the tamsulosin right away.

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    i have Taken tamsulosin for years. And had ups and downs with it. Once I ate too much coconut oil and it stopped it working And I had to go to hospital for a catheter! They gave me four spare catheters that I can fit myself.

    constipation can cause blockage because hard feces bumps against the prostate and cuts off the flow!

    now after 5 years and following a very good diet I find I do not really need the tamsulosin now. I got erections back when I want them too!

    if my flow suddenly stops I have a catheter to fit myself OR I can take the tamsulosin pills again and hope it kicks in before my bladder bursts. But I can always shove up my spare catheter in that case.

    I think it's a wonderful pill. Thank you the research team for inventing it.

     

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      Hi Steve thanks for helpful reply. I would be interested to hear more about what you mean by a 'very good diet', also your age range if you are prepared to share that.

      I am now in my 50s and had some unidentified sort of prostatitis when 21 which reduced my flow. Unfortunately I did not seek help immediately, but later was given some antibiotics but there did not seem to be any response (and they had side effects). I had a urologist investigation and bladder stone removal around age 30 which made it worse (anyone considering such operation be aware of this risk). I needed a catheter during recovery but have not needed one since. I was on Indoramine since then before switching to Tamsulosin 400ug/day 2 years ago (because it was cheaper and online reports suggested it was just as effective and had less side effects). I found it worked slightly better and I have not identified any side effects for me.

      I also try to have a good diet and I think this helps. For me this is a plant-based diet with tofu and beans, salad and fruit, grains nuts and seeds, tomato juice, soya milk and roibos tea. (I also drink beer sometimes!) I have mostly rye bread rather than wheat bread. Having got used to this I love it and feel it has many health benefits and is better all round. Also try to go to gym 2/3 times a week and walk/cycle everywhere.

      One tip I would add is to avoid consuming anything that causes cloudiness or crystals to form in urine in bladder. One culprit for me was grapefruit juice. Sometimes a crystal can get stuck in the prostate causing flow problems until it emerges, possibly with tiny amount of blood.

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    Hi h94361, from my experience this sounds like a small crystal (bladder stone) stuck in your prostate. Personally in this situation I would continue taking the tamsulosin as it eases the passage of the crystal. But of course it may have been something different for you. What happened in the end for you?

    Bladder stones tend to form when the outflow is restricted and some urine is retained in the bladder. They may eventually clear if they are not too big, coming out in little pieces, when the flow is restored. Drink plenty of water and avoid consuming things that give you cloudy urine, which may be when solids crystalise out of the urine in the bladder (eg grapefruit juice may have this effect).

     

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      I don't seem to get crystal but I couldn't get full discharge, retaining some in the bladders. My GP didn't mention anything about bladder stone. I got my blood test done a few days ago waiting for results. My GP had referred me to see a consultant at UCL and awaiting appointment. I got side-effect with poor vision sort of large floaters and I now on tamsulosin twice a week and it helps my eye sight.
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