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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Film-coated, prolonged-release tablet



Active Ingredient

Tamsulosin hydrochloride

Effective within

Prolonged-release (few days to few weeks)

Works by

Relaxing muscles in the prostate and urethra to improve urine flow

Side effects

Dizziness, abnormal ejaculation, weakness, headache, runny or blocked nose

Medication details


Flomaxtra XL is a medication designed to treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate. This condition can cause discomfort and urinary difficulties for men.

Flomaxtra XL contains the active ingredient tamsulosin hydrochloride, which is an alpha-blocker that works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and bladder, improving urine flow and reducing symptoms of BPH. The extended-release formula of Flomaxtra XL provides 24-hour relief, allowing you to go about your day without interruption.

This medication is taken orally, once a day, with or without food. The most common side effects include decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, and decreased volume of semen. In rare cases, Flomaxtra XL may cause serious side effects such as a sudden decrease in vision or hearing, chest pain, and an allergic reaction.

If you are suffering from symptoms of BPH such as frequent urination, weak urine stream, and difficulty starting or stopping urination, talk to your doctor about whether Flomaxtra XL is right for you. With its extended-release formula, Flomaxtra XL offers long-lasting relief from the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, allowing you to live your life with comfort and ease.


Always adhere to your healthcare provider's instructions when taking Flomaxtra XL. The recommended dosage is one tablet daily, which can be taken with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole; avoid chewing or crushing it. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember or continue with the next scheduled dose. Never double the dose to compensate for a missed one.


Each Flomaxtra XL 400 microgram tablet contains tamsulosin hydrochloride (equivalent to 367 micrograms of tamsulosin) as the active ingredient. Additional components include macrogol, magnesium stearate, butylhydroxytoluene, hypromellose, and yellow iron oxide E172.

Side Effects

As with any medication, Flomaxtra XL may cause side effects, although not everyone experiences them. Common side effects include dizziness, abnormal ejaculation (where semen enters the bladder instead of exiting through the urethra), weakness, headache, and runny or blocked nose. Uncommon side effects encompass palpitations, gastro-intestinal symptoms, and hypersensitivity reactions. If you experience any of these effects or other unusual symptoms, consult your healthcare provider.


Prior to using Flomaxtra XL, consult your doctor if you have kidney problems or are scheduled for eye surgery. Inform your healthcare provider of all medications you are currently taking, as Flomaxtra XL can interact with certain drugs. This medication is not intended for use in women or individuals under 18 years of age. Exercise caution while driving or operating machinery, as Flomaxtra XL may cause drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, and fainting.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Aug 24, 2023, 3:30 pm

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Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Can Flomaxtra XL affect my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Flomaxtra XL may cause drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, and fainting. Exercise caution when driving or operating machinery, especially if you experience these side effects.

Can Flomaxtra XL be taken with food?

Yes, Flomaxtra XL can be taken with or without food.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Flomaxtra XL?

It is recommended to avoid alcohol while taking Flomaxtra XL, as it may increase the risk of side effects such as dizziness and fainting.

Can I adjust the dosage of Flomaxtra XL on my own?

No, always follow your healthcare provider's prescribed dosage. Do not adjust the dosage without consulting your doctor.

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