Hi a a kelly,
Thank you for your question! Flomax is not FDA approved for use in women for any reason. Flomax works by blocking a certain type of receptor in the prostate, which causes relaxation of the prostate, allowing men to urinate more easily. However, doctors have the authority to write for non-approved uses, which are called "off-label" uses. Personally, I've never seen Flomax used in women. I hope this helps!
Best of luck,
We actually had a recent question from a woman about using Flomax for kidney stones. You can check out the answer in Dr. Motola's sharepost: Flomax for Kidney Stones: Can It Be Used by Women?
Here's the full drug information for Flomax.
Definately. I know this because I was prescribed it a little over a year ago. I had urinary hesitancy after a bout of completely being unable to urinate for 3 days. It helps some. Last time I checked I was a female...LOL. I do get some funny looks at the hospital or docs offices when I tell them I'm on flomax. It's always "isn't that the prostrate drug?"
As of today,7/16/09.I also am on ..Flomax.and am,Female! Today My Urologist,Doc G,gave it to me due to my rather Inability,to empty out at ANYTIME!!!May I also add they do give this drug to women who have havd ,SPINE INJURYS,MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS(myself),PARKINSONS,etc...as this drug could... I say COULD... save them from having to CATH.... which,would be a Blessing in its self!..Since I just took my 1st pill....my OPINION... IS OF NO VALUE JUST YET,,,I just Pray... it does what Doc G and I dicussed it could DO!!!!! ..........Best of Luck to anyone else... beginning ... the road to the Bathroom!!!!
Yes, females are sometimes prescribed Flomax. My doctor gave me samples and didn't write a presecription. Maybe because it isn't yet approved for women and he doesn't want a trail. Hmmm. I wish that I had found this site sooner. So far I've been taking it for about a week. I've noticed some difference in my urine flow, but not enough to say that it's truly working. I also have multiple sclerosis and have to look for potential drug interactions. I recommend registering your meds with "IGuard" for medication updates and interactions. Before taking, ask your doctor about FDA approval. Hopes this helps!
My urologist said that yes Flomax CAN be prescribed for women who are having trouble with frequent urination or emptying the bladder entirely. It is like a muscle relaxant and makes it easier to fully empty. This is verified by several of the Nurses' Drug Manuals I checked (my step-daughter is a nurse). While Flomax is mainly for the male prostrate, the off-label use as a help to women with urinary tract problems is known, and no it's not considered dangerous.
I am glad to see these answers/discussion. I have a kidney stone that passed into my bladder but is too big to pass through the urethra. The little devil has caused me great trouble for a couple of weeks so far, obstructing urine from passing, causing urgency and frequency of needing to go, terrible pain trying to urinate and eventually bleeding from the straining. Before I verified that it was a stone causing the problem, I joked that, if I were a man, the symptoms would make me suspect that I had an enlarged prostate. Imagine my surprise yesterday when the doctor put me on Flomax, just as if I really did have an enlarged prostate! He said it would relax the urethra to try to allow the stone to pass without surgery. BUT when I filled the prescription, the warning label read in large bold capital letters that it was not approved for use in women. To me, that is scary. What a quandry -- should I take it or not? I have taken it for 2 days now, and the pain is easier to bear and the urine is flowing better already. For that, I am grateful. However, I do have blurry vision today, and I see that is a side effect. I hope the stone passes soon so I do not have to continue to be a female Flomax guinea pig.
I am a female and was prescribed flomax 8 weeks ago for frequent urination problems and problems starting and emptying. I don't have MS or a spinal tumor those have been ruled out but I do have unexplained back & leg pain & weakness. It has helped with all of my problems I don't go as much but still go a little more than normal so my Dr. just told me to try taking it twice a day for a week to see if I can tolerate without dizziness and see how it goes. I took Vesicare and it didn't seem to make a difference. I'm just curious if anyone has experienced weight gain from taking this medication?
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