November 17th, 2017
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:
According to latest statistics, about 20% men between age 55 and 78 years develop some degree of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
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:
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.
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:
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