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Sunday, August 10, 2008 Kathy J, Community Member, asks

Q: Could extended use of Flomax result in incontinence?

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Vicki M, Health Guide
8/11/08 5:43pm

Hi Kathy,


Flomax (Tamsulosin) " is used to treat the symptoms of a prostate gland condition called BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as enlarged prostate). Tamsulosin is an alpha-blocker that works by relaxing the muscles in the bladder neck and prostate. Relaxing these muscles leads to relief of symptoms of BPH such as the feeling of needing to urinate frequently or urgently, weak stream, difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, and the need to urinate during the middle of the night." According to the drugs database on the link above. The medications that are thought to cause what is called overflow incontinence are the Tricyclic Antidepressants, such as Sinequan, Tofanil, and Pamelor.


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Vicki M

susan, Community Member
8/19/12 3:54am

a friend of mine suffers from severe incontinence, he has been taking flomax for many years, could the use of this drug be part of his problem?

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By Kathy J, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/20/12, First Published: 08/10/08