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Known as Flomax MR internationally


What is Flomax used for?

Flomax is commonly prescribed to men to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland, which is also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). Benign enlargement of the prostate is a problem that can occur in men as they get older. The prostate gland is located below the bladder, and as the prostate gland enlarges, certain muscles in the gland become tight and get in the way of the tube that drains the urine from the bladder (urethra). This results in problems urinating, such as urinating often, a weak stream when urinating, or a feeling of not being able to empty the bladder completely. Although commonly thought of as a medication used to treat enlarged prostate, Flomax can also be prescribed for women who have problems with bladder blockages or obstruction to help them urinate more easily.

You can buy Flomax (Tamsulosin) online at My Drug Center. We have the Flomax generic alternative, called Tamsulosin, available for purchase as well.


How does Flomax work?

Flomax is taken orally, and contains the active ingredient Tamsulosin. It belongs to a group of drugs known as alpha-1 receptor blockers, and drugs in this class work by blocking special receptors found on smooth muscle cells in the prostate. The Tamsulosin dosage in this medication relaxes the muscles in the prostate and the opening of the bladder. This may help improve urine flow or decrease the symptoms. However, Tamsulosin does not shrink the prostate; surgery still may be needed in the future.

Before taking Flomax or the Tamsulosin generic, read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Flomax orally once a day. This medication can be administered with or without a meal. Make sure you take Flomax at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Tamsulosin dosage in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well. 


Flomax or the Tamsulosin generic may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Flomax. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Flomax.

You should not donate any blood while taking Flomax. After six months of having stopped taking Avodart you will be clear to donate blood. Speak with your local blood donation clinic regarding any other restrictions that may prevent you from donating blood.

Side Effects

Some Flomax side effects include:

Sexual problems (such as decreased sexual interest/ability, decrease in the amount of semen/sperm released during sex), impotence (trouble getting or keeping an erection), testicle pain or swelling, increased breast size, or breast tenderness.

If any side effects of Tamsulosin become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.


Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.


Q: What is the best dosage to take for Avodart?

A: You doctor will be able to determine the best Flomax dosage from the initial diagnosis.


Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?

A: It can take upwards to six months not notice significant improvements.


Q: What happens if I miss a dose?

A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.


Q: What is the best way to store this medication?

A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. 


Q: How do I dispose of this medication?

A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.


Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?

A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.

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