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Flomax for women?

05/25/2007

Question:

Why would a women be prescribed FLOMAX?

Answer:

Flomax is the brand of a drug called tamsulosin.  It is used to treat a medical problem in men called benign prostatic hyperplasia.

The drug has been used "off label" for other medical problems which may effect men and women.   An "off label" use of a drug means an unapproved use.  In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves drugs for specific medical problems.  Doctors may determine through research or experience that the drug may help in other illnesses.  

Tamsulosin is used for neurogenic bladder where the nerve supply to the bladder is not working well, causing the bladder to leak urine.  Tamsulosin is also used for people with spinal cord injuries effecting bladder function.  When other therapies do not work to treat various urination difficulties, tamsulosin has been used.

Both men and women may have taken tamsulosin for these unapproved uses.

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Response by:

Carmen M Hadley, RPh, CSPI
Former Clinical Instructor
College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University