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Medications for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

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by Polsdorfer R
The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Only the most general side effects are included, so ask your doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medications as recommended by your doctor, or according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
A couple of medications are available to treat less advanced cases of BPH. One type relaxes the smooth muscle in the prostate; the other kind decreases the amount of hormone stimulating prostate growth. Symptoms of BPH can also be relieved by antimuscarinics, a group of drugs that work to relax bladder contractions.

Prescription medications

  • Prazosin (Minipress)
  • Doxazosin (Cardura)
  • Terazosin (Hytrin)
  • Tamsulosin (Flomax)
  • Alfuzosin (Uroxatral)
  • Silodosin (Rapaflo)
  • Finasteride (Proscar)
  • Dutasteride (Avodart)
  • Oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol)
  • Solifenacin (Vesicare)
  • Tolterodine (Detrol)
  • Darifenacin (Enablex)
  • Trospium (Sanctura)
  • Fesoterodine (Toviaz)
  • Tadalafil (Cialis)
  • Dutasteride and tamsulosin (Jalyn)
  Phosphodiesterase-5 Enzyme Inhibitor
Tadalafil [Cialis]
Tadalafil is a medication that is often prescribed to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction , also known as impotence. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved Tadalafil as a treatment for BPH, as well. The medication can reduce symptoms, like difficulty starting to urinate, weak urination stream, and the urge to urinate frequently.
Potential side effects of Tadalafil include flushing, headache, stomach upset, back pain, and congestion.
Note: You should not take Tadalafil if you are also taking nitrates, because your blood pressure may become dangerously low. Also, Tadalafil should not be taken in combination with alpha-blockers.


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