Pros and Cons of using Flomax for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Flomax for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Benign prostatic hyperplasia refers to noncancerous enlargement of the prostatic gland as part of the physiological aging process. Mild cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia can be managed by drugs like Flomax. But it is imperative to keep in mind that Flomax may not be an effective solution in some individuals. There are a number of alternative options that can be used instead of Flomax.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia can present with symptoms like:
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Bladder stones
According to latest statistics, about 20% men between age 55 and 78 years develop some degree of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
What should you know about Flomax?
Flomax, also referred to as Tamsulosin is classified under alpha-1 blockers. It exerts its action by promoting the flow of urine by modulating the activity of hormones like noradrenaline and adrenaline. Once administered, alpha-1 blockers can relax the activity of urinary tract muscles.
Flomax is considered superior to other alpha- 1 blockers as it has superior action on the urinary tract muscles as compared to other muscles of your body. In addition, unlike most alpha – 1 blockers, Flomax does not cause a massive drop in blood pressure.
Flomax works exceptionally well in males with moderately enlarged prostatic hyperplasia in the absence of any health issue. However, in some cases, Flomax use can lead to some untoward effects; such as:
- Low blood pressure
- Headaches and dizziness
- Swollen ankles
- Nasal congestion
- Problems with ejaculation
- Dry mouth
In addition, the cost of Flomax may also be a determining factor. For example, the average cost of Flomax therapy is $200 per month and your insurance may or may not be covered it. But nevertheless, it is the most popular and commonly used alpha-1 blocker.
What are some other alternative options for BPH Management?
There are several similar but more cost-effective options available that can address BPH
symptoms. Some alternative options include Doxazosin, that may cost as little as $10 per month.
Other options include:
- Hytrin: This is a non-selective alpha – 1 blocker that works very well in benign prostatic hyperplasia patients and therefore may lower the blood pressure of the person.
- Silodosin or Rapaflo
- Alfuzosin or Uroxatral
- Non-branded Tamsulosin
- Yamanishi, T., Asakura, H., Seki, N., & Tokunaga, S. (2017). Efficacy and safety of combination therapy with tamsulosin, dutasteride, and imidafenacin for the management of overactive bladder symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia: A multicenter, randomized, open‐label, controlled trial (DIrecT Study). International Journal of Urology.
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