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Proscar vs Flomax, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 72

This is personalized comparison of Proscar vs Flomax for a male aged 72. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

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What are the drugs

Proscar (latest outcomes from 7,090 users) has active ingredients of finasteride. It is often used in enlarged prostate.

Flomax (latest outcomes from 21,434 users) has active ingredients of tamsulosin hydrochloride. It is often used in enlarged prostate.

What is the symptom

Bleeding Tendency (latest reports from 1,419 patients) has been reported by people with hiv infection, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, prostate cancer.

On Apr, 14, 2014: 8,549 male patients aged 71 who take the drugs are studied in Proscar vs Flomax

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug

Drugs to compare:

Proscar finasterideMerck
Flomax tamsulosin hydrochlorideBoehringer Ingelheim

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 71 (±5):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)

Proscar (Merck)Flomax (Boehringer Ingelheim)
Bleeding Tendency0.00%0.00%

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Proscar (Merck)Flomax (Boehringer Ingelheim)
Drug IneffectiveDrug Ineffective
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Dizziness
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
DizzinessAsthenia (weakness)
Weight DecreasedDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Atrial Fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
FallHypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)
Asthenia (weakness)Atrial Fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart)
Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)Pyrexia (fever)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Proscar (Merck)Flomax (Boehringer Ingelheim)
Gynaecomastia (enlargement of the gland tissue of the male breast)Dizziness
Breast Cancer MaleIris Disorder
DizzinessDrug Ineffective
Prostate CancerErectile Dysfunction
Cerebrovascular Accident (sudden death of some brain cells due to lack of oxygen when the blood flow to the brain is impaired by blockage or rupture)Rash (redness)
Prostatic Specific Antigen IncreasedMiosis (constriction of the pupil of the eye, resulting from a normal response to an increase in light)
Erectile DysfunctionFatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Breast CancerNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Atrial Fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart)
FallUrinary Retention (the inability to completely or partially empty the bladder)

Drug effectiveness:

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Proscar (finasteride) is often used to treat enlarged prostate. Flomax (tamsulosin hydrochloride) is often used to treat enlarged prostate. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

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