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Incontinence

Flomax

06/06/2007

Question:

I am a relatively healthy 27 year-old male and my Urologist prescribed Flomax for me after he did a bladder test that showed I was not completely "emptying." I understand there are some potential short term sexual side effects, but are there any potential long term side effects. Is it unusual for someone under 30 to be on this medication? He did not mention an enlarged or growing prostate.

Answer:

The main side effects of flomax are retrograde ejaculation (in a small percentage of patients) and occasional dizziness. It can be used in younger patients. It is important to be sure that there is not an anatomic obstruction to the urethra, stricture, etc. that may be better treated surgically if that were the etiology. I would suggest that you follow up with your Urologist.

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Response by:

Donald R Bodner, MD Donald R Bodner, MD
Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University