Is Flomax Like Viagra (Sildenafil)?

Updated Jul,2020

Both Flomax and Viagra (Sildenafil) are effective treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). However, only Viagra (Sildenafil) treats both ED and BPH. Choose the best medication for you based on your needs. Consult with your doctor before taking Flomax or Viagra (Sildenafil).

How do Flomax and Viagra (Sildenafil) work?

Flomax and Viagra (Sildenafil) belong to different drug classes. Flomax is an alpha-blocker and Viagra (Sildenafil) is a PDE inhibitor.

Flomax treats the symptoms of a prostate gland condition called BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). It works on alpha receptors to relax muscles in the neck of the bladder and the prostate. This improves urine flow and reduces the symptoms of BPH.

Viagra (Sildenafil) treats erectile dysfunction. It relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow to the penis. Viagra (Sildenafil) works to control an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type-5 to help sustain an erection.

The main differences between Flomax and Sildenafil are:

  • Flomax is only for men with symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Sildenafil is for men with erectile dysfunction (ED) and/ or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

What are the side effects of Flomax and Viagra (Sildenafil)

In general, both Flomax and Viagra (Sildenafil) are safe to take. However, like most drugs, there are some side effects to watch out for.

Flomax common side effects:

  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • weakness
  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • back pain
  • blurred vision
  • dental problems
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • abnormal ejaculation,
  • decreased sex drive,
  • runny or stuffy nose,
  • sore throat, or
  • cough

Viagra (Sildenafil) common side effects:

  • Flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)
  • Headache, and dizziness
  • Heartburn, nausea, or upset stomach
  • Abnormal vision (blurred vision, changes in color vision)
  • Runny or stuffy nose, or nosebleeds
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain, and/or back pain

Combining these medications may lower your blood pressure and increase the risk of dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, flushing, headache, and nasal congestion. Consult a doctor before taking these medications, especially when considering to take them together.

Which is the best option for you?

Both Flomax and Viagra (Sildenafil) are effective treatments for BPH with their own advantages and disadvantages. Only Viagra (Sildenafil) treats ED and BPH. If you only suffer from BPH, ask your doctor which medication is right for you, but if you suffer from both ED and BPH consider Viagra (Sildenafil). Flomax and Viagra (Sildenafil) require a prescription.

If you're experiencing one or more symptoms of ED, consider these 2 options to get a prescription.

  • Visit your doctor: You can see your doctor to talk about your symptoms. It's best to go to a doctor that you feel comfortable speaking to about your sex life because face-to-face consultations can feel uncomfortable and invasive.
  • Book a quick online consultation: Speak with one of our independent, online physicians. This is a safe, easy, and more comfortable alternative to making a traditional doctor's appointment and then picking up your prescription from the pharmacy. Have a potentially uncomfortable conversation from the comfort and convenience of your own home. Plus, we ship your prescription straight to you. It's never been easier!

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