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Alpha Blockers Prostatitis
Both: Alpha blockers relax the smooth muscle component of the prostate (as opposed to the glandular part). They also relax the INTERNAL urinary sphincter at the neck of the bladder.This is why retrograde ejaculation(the ejaculate goes into the bladder instead of coming out) can occur. They do not relax the EXTERNAL sphincter(below the prostate) which controls urine voluntarily. ...Read more
Do selective adeno-adenergic blockers (prazosin, terazosin, doxazosin, trimazosin) protect from acute cocaine-induced vasoconstrictive damage?
Some: Cocaine causes it's effect by preventing the reuptake of monamine (epinephrine, etc) and causes these neurotransmitters to continue exciting the a1 receptor. The meds listed block alpha-1 receptors, so theoretically will blunt the effects of Cocaine on some vessels, but focus mostly (esp. Tamsulosin) on a specific sub-type (alpha-1a) that is mostly in the bladder, not in the vessels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Flomax (tamsulosin) is part of a family of drugs called alpha-blockers that relax the smooth muscle of the prostate and bladder neck, improving urine flow & symptoms. Other drugs in this group are terazosin, doxazosin, alfuzosin, & silodosin. Another family of drugs for BPH are 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, such as Finasteride and dutasteride. These shrink the prostate and reduce episodes of urine retention. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Here are some ...: Rapaflo (silodosin) and Flomax (tamsulosin) are the same class of drugs - selective alpha-blocker, which can relax the smooth muscles around the bladder neck and prostate urethra so to quickly improve urine flow to a degree. Rapaflo is newer than Flomax and the profiles of effectivenss and side effects are similar although the newer one always tends to claim being better and less. ...Read more
Are beta blockers & calcium channel blockers truly contradicted in Wolff-Parkinson-White patients?
Alpha good beta bad: Alpha blockers may relax blood vessel smooth muscle to allow better blood flow to the penis. A few clinical trials support this hypothesis. Beta blockers don't allow as much blood flow in and therefore can impede erections. In general though, high blood pressure is the big enemy of erections and the meds are necessary to keep any blood going to the penis. ...Read more
Are these drugs used to reduce cardiac output: calcium channel blockers and beta (receptor) blockers?
Coud there be another treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (bph) besides doxazosin and flomax (tamsulosin)?
BPH: Treatments for BPH fall into two categories; medical and surgical. Medical therapy includes Alpha blocker medications to improve urine flow and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors to shrink the gland. The surgical options include thermal or laser destruction of prostatic tissue or transurthral resection of prostaic tissue (turp). The "best" treatment is a very individual thing. ...Read more
Equally effective: Though individual patients may notice differences in efficacy and tolerability between the two meds, the clinical studies leading to fda approval show similar results in improvement in both urinary symptoms and urinary flow. Excluding ejaculation changes, rapaflo (silodosin) 'may' have a quicker onset of action and a better side effect profile than flomax. ...Read more
Probably not: Alpha thalassemia probably doesn't cause pvc's (premature ventricular beats, a type of extra heartbeat). However, some thalassemia patients have magnesium deficiency, which can make pvc's more likely to occur. Patients who get transfusions off and on may be drinking lots of coffee, using caffeine or phenols in coffee to decrease iron absorption, to hold off iron overload. Caffeine can cause pvc's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dear doc, is cod liver oil safe to take with:
1. bp meds (beta blockers, calcium channel blockers)
2. proton pump inhibitors &
3. VitD3 supplements?
Yes: It's fine to take with the blood pressure medications and the proton pump inhibitor. I would probably stop the vitamin D supplement as cod liver oil has vitamin A and D as the main vitamin sources. Vitamin D is one you can get in trouble with because it is fat soluble and can accumulate in your organs if you take too much. ...Read more
Have prostatitis.Doctor gave me xatral XL 10mg alpha blockers (alfuzosin hydrochloride) and ciprofloxacicne 500mg for 4 weeks. R these medicines ok?
Resistant pulmonary htn due to sjogrens. Norvasc (amlodipine) works but isosorbide unpredictable. Beta blocker worsens. Arb acs contraindicated ckd high K. Advice?
Pulmonary HTN: There are a range of molecules available by prescription that address P HTN ;go see a cardiologist or pulmonologist that has an interest in treating this condition ...Read more
What is the role of alpha blockers in prostatitis or in uti? I've been taking ab for 3 months and no betterment is seen.
None: You either did not get read of the infection or your symptoms are not related to an infection. ...Read more
I'm alpha blockers for prostatitis for month and since then i mostly woke up with full bladder and dull pain on kidney area. Do I have uti?
What alpha blockers do when a person has prostatitis? How long do a person have to takes alpha blockers?
See below: There is weak evidence that supports taking an Alpha blocker while you are being treated for prostatitis with a prolonged antibiotic course. As to why they may help, i think any answer would be speculative at best (in general, they act to relax the smooth muscle of the prostate and bladder neck), but most doctors will prescribe them for 4-6 weeks only in this situation. ...Read more
If you have chronic prostatitis and you're on alpha blockers, can you do sex masturbation? and if there is an infection in the prostate?
I have chronic prostatitis & had med for 45 days. Prostate size 17 ml. How long do I have to take alpha blockers?If i stop ab then i've pain in testis
Prostatitis : Prostatitis which persists beyond 4-6 weeks after initial therapy should be accurately characterizes as acute or chronic, bacterial or non-bacterial. These distinctions are important for prognosis and treatment. A urologist can help accurately characterize and appropriately treat your specific prostatitis. ...Read more
For the past one month I am waking up in the morning with full bladder. According to doctor i've chronic prostatitis & taking alpha blockers at night ?
Reduce volume: Stop fluid about 8pm. And void before bed. ...Read more
Was on cipro (ciprofloxacin)&alpha blockers (xatral xl10mg) for 1 month for treating prostatitis. Now doctor advised me 2 stop cipro (ciprofloxacin) & keep taking alpha 4 more 1month?
I don't see any: Problem with your dr's management. Take care! ...Read more
Have prostatitis & doctor gave cipro (ciprofloxacin) for10 days & alpha blockers for 30 days. After 10 days of cipro (ciprofloxacin) doctor gave me levofloxacin 4 another 10days? Why
Took alpha blockers&cipro for 1month to treat prostatitis. Now no more on these meds. Have burning sensation on perineum area during pee & ejaculation?
As the urethra exits: The prostate, it enters the bulbar and then membranous urethra...Burning in this location indicates urethritis, which can be bacterial, or non-specific. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) does not treat mycoplasma, tetracycline does. You should check with your internist or a urologist to be sure. ...Read more
Doctor said I've chronic prostatitis, fine when I'm taking alpha blockers, no symptoms, but burning when not taking AB. No infection, urination issue.
Keep taking & see DR: Keep taking it and go to your Doctor ...Read more
What happens to prostate in non bacteria prostatitis? What cause this? Why cant void urine without alpha blocker medicine?
Usually not serious: Usually nothing important "happens" to the prostate. Nonbacterial or "nonspecific" prostatitis, also called chronic pelvic pain syndrome, is generally an issue of comfort; serious harm is uncommon. Continue to work with your doctor if you're having such serious symptoms that you cannot void without an alpha blocker, or only with marked obstruction. Google CPPS for more info (spell it out). ...Read more
Doctor gave alpha blockerswith antibiotics 2 treat prostatitis. Had us & prostate is normal doc. Asked me to continue alpha-b 4 more 1 month. It's ok?
Yes: The antibiotics are the key. Use of Alpha blockers in a 24 yr old is not likely too helpful, especially over that length of time. Also curious why us was done. It is not helpful in diagnosing or treating prostatitis. It is not really possible to say "normal" from transabdominal us exam of the male pelvis. ...Read more
Taking silodosin (alpha blocker)for nonbacteria prostatitis, can i run or walk long distance etc in this condition and what precautions i need to take?
Here are some...: Postural hypotension is one chief side effect of alpha-blocker, which manifests as dizziness at position change, but is unpredictable among its users. So, always use drug with care. To help handle voiding disorders, to Prostate-BPH/LUTS, Voiding Trouble in http://www.formefirst.com/TroublingVoiding-Men.html & Basics of Self-Care in http://www.formefirst.com/Basics-SelfImprovement.html. ...Read more
Is it alrite to take laxatives while on anti biotic,anti inflammatory and alpha blocker for prostatitis? Constipation everyday
No, the opposite. : Alpha-blockers are linked to decreased REM (rapid eye movement) sleep — the dreaming stage of sleep — and daytime sleepiness. The proportion of REM sleep drops markedly as we get older and when deprived of REM sleep people can experience memory problems. Check with your doc how s/he can help you improve your sleep. Best wishes! ...Read more
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