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US Brand Name Flomax
Generic Name Tamsulosin Hydrochloride
Packing 15, 10
Form Capsule
Strength 0.4 mg, 0.2 mg, 0.4 mg

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Generic Flomax, a licensed medicine manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, is prescribed in the treatment of enlarged prostate. Belonging to a group of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers, Flomax relaxes the prostate and bladder neck muscles making it easy to urinate. The medication is known to improve urination in men suffering from enlarged prostate. Medically the problem of enlarged prostate is also referred as benign prostatic hyperplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH. This condition usually occurs in middle age men in whom the walnut size prostate that surrounds the urethra become enlarged and restricts the flow of urine. Although generic Flomax does not reduce the prostate enlargement but it acts on the surrounding muscles by relaxing them and increasing the blood flow thereby allowing the patients to urinate easily and comfortably.


Flomax is used in men for the treatment of enlarged prostate along with a number of diseases of the prostate gland and the lower urinary tract. The medication help relieves BPH symptoms like urinary frequency and urinary urgency. Besides these common uses, healthcare providers also recommend Flomax for off-label use like for the treatment of urinary retention in women, urinary problems associated with multiple sclerosis and to treat urinary problems related to the treatment of prostate cancer.

Side effects

While taking Flomax patients might notice some of the common side effects that are quite natural. However, in case of some severe side effects patients must immediately seek medical attention to avoid any serious consequences. Some of the common side effects associated with the Flomax include: • Fever • Dizziness • Chest pain • Insomnia • Inflamed sinuses • Irregular heartbeat If any severe adverse effects are experienced, patients must immediately seek medical help.


Flomax should be stored within normal room temperature and should be kept away from direct heat, sunlight and moisture. The medication must be kept in a tightly capped container and kept away from children and pets.


The active ingredient in generic Flomax is tamsulosin hydrochloride.

Dosage and administration

Patients should strictly follow the doctors recommended dosage and should never adjust dosage on its own. Usually the initial dose of Flomax for the treatment of enlarged prostate is same for everyone and is 0.4 mg taken once in a day. However, if there is no sign of improvement in the enlarged prostate symptoms after two to four weeks of medication then the patients are usually recommended with the dosage of 0.8 mg once in a day. Patients should remember that if they stop taking Flomax even for few days also, then they have to start it again with 0.4 mg of dose for at least another two week. Flomax should be taken at the same time every day and is ideal to be taken after half an hour of the meal. The medicine must be swallowed whole and should not be opened, crushed or chewed.


In case of overdose patients should immediately consult health care providers to seek immediate medical attention. Some of the symptoms of overdose include fainting and extreme dizziness feeling along with rapid heartbeat, severe headache and light headedness.

Clinical performance

In clinical trials Flomax has been found safe and effective in most of the cases as no important interactions were noted when Flomax was taken with other medications. The drug is found to be more active against the alpha adrenergic nerves of the prostate and bladder neck due to which it has fewer side effects especially low blood pressure compared to other alpha adrenergic blocking drugs.