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Enlarged Prostate (cont.)

Medications

Several types of medications have been approved for treatment of prostate enlargement. Men with severe symptoms may require treatment with a combination of these medications:

  • Alpha-blockers, such as terazosin (Hytrin), prazosin (Minipress), or doxazosin (Cardura), relax the muscles in the prostate and thus may relieve symptoms. Newer alpha blockers, such as tamsulosin (Flomax) and alfuzosin (Uroxatral), silodosin(Rapaflo) are more commonly prescribed because they may have fewer side effects.
  • Finasteride (Proscar) or dutasteride (Avodart) can cause the prostate to shrink. As a result, the urinary symptoms may improve. These drugs are most helpful in men who have at least moderate enlargement of the prostate.
  • Tadalafil (Cialis for daily use) has recently been approved for the treatment of BPH.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/2/2014
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