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I have enlarged prostate and  was urinating every30mminutes.for 2 months I have been taking Flomax and proscar,I no longer go every half hour and my strean is nuch approved,how nuch longer should I take Flomax/in afraid my prostate is used to Flomax and if I stop Flomax I wont be able to urinate.also does Flomax cause glomona, howard

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Howard:

YOu should take the flomax until your physician says you no longer need to.  The proscar will shrink the prostate, but it takes about 9 months.  At that time, it may be reasonable to try and stop flomax to see if it is still required.  If urination deteriorates off of the flomax, then it should be continued.  If no difference is noted, then you may be able to stop the flomax at that point.

Flomax does not cause glaucoma, but it can cause something else called floppy iris syndrome which can be an issue if you need cataract surgery.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

Experience

Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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