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Urinary Disorders

Flomax for Women?

08/30/2000

Question:

My wife was recently put on Flomax for a tight channel valve in the bladder. She has been unable to completely empty her bladder. In reading the PDR about Flomax, it said: "Flomax is for use only by men." Should we take these words literally. Have you ever heard of it being used by women?

Answer:

Flomax is typically utilized in men with voiding problems due to an enlarged prostate. It works by relaxing muscle tissue within the prostate but also around the opending of the bladder. The same muscle tissue is present at the opening of the bladder in women and occassionally flomax is used to try to relax these muscles to improve urination. The use of flomax for you wife is likely appropriate and I hope it is helpful.

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Response by:

Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University