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Is coreg (carvedilol) an alpha beta blocker?

Is coreg (carvedilol) an alpha beta blocker?

Yes: Carvedilol is an excellent medication that has Alpha & beta blocking properties. ...Read more

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Prostatitis (Definition)

The swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, located beneath the bladder in men. Prostatitis usually results in painful and difficult urination, and there may be flu-like symptoms present. There are many causes of prostatitis, one of ...Read more


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Could rapaflow (silodosin) alpha-1 blockers affect urinary sphincter or just the prostate?

Could rapaflow (silodosin) alpha-1 blockers affect urinary sphincter or just the prostate?

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

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Do selective adeno-adenergic blockers (prazosin, terazosin, doxazosin, trimazosin) protect  from acute cocaine-induced vasoconstrictive damage?

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 more

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Any BPH prostate medications other than flomax (tamsulosin)?

Any BPH prostate medications other than flomax (tamsulosin)?

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 more

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Rapaflo (silodosin) vs flomax?

Rapaflo (silodosin) vs flomax?

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

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Are beta blockers & calcium channel blockers truly contradicted in Wolff-Parkinson-White patients?

Are beta blockers & calcium channel blockers truly contradicted in Wolff-Parkinson-White patients?

Yes: In patients with wolff-parkinson-white especially those who have a history of atrial fibrillation or flutter, beta blockers and calcium channel blockers, which are av nodal blocking agents especially Diltiazem and verapamil, should be avoided. ...Read more

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Does flomax (tamsulosin) help cure prostatitis?

Does flomax (tamsulosin) help cure prostatitis?

NoDoeNotCure: No it only helps with the symptoms of prostatitis.Urinary frequency,urgency and difficulty urinating.It may improve disruptive and irritating symptoms.In chronic recurrent prostatitis it may reduce the risk of recurrence ...Read more

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How are calcium channel blockers and beta blockers different?

How are calcium channel blockers and beta blockers different?

Blockers: The cell membranes have receptor sites(like plug outlets)for various drugs. The calcium blockers block the calcium channel plugs and the beta blockers block the beta receptor plugs. Each drug type has different effects but both lower blood pressure and have other effects. ...Read more

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How can alpha and beta blockers effect a mans erection?

How can alpha and beta blockers effect a mans erection?

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

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Coud there be another treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (bph) besides doxazosin and flomax (tamsulosin)?

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

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Which is more effective- rapaflo (silodosin) or flomax?

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

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Beta blocker with diuretic (timolide) effective?

Beta blocker with diuretic (timolide) effective?

Modestly: Most beta-blocker and diuretic combinations we're formulated for use in mild hypertension. ...Read more

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Could beta blockers treat anxiety?

Could beta blockers treat anxiety?

That is one approach: Beat blockers are sometimes used to stop physical anxiety symptoms (especially w social anxiety disorder). It can help to reduce fast heart rate, blushing, shaking ; sweating heavily. ...Read more

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Does alpha thalassemia cause pvcs?

Does alpha thalassemia cause pvcs?

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 more

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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?

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

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How do beta blockers cause erectile dysfunction?

How do beta blockers cause erectile dysfunction?

Beta blockers: They don't do this in everybody, in fact its fairly uncommon. The people who get beta blockers often have vascular disease which itself can cause ed. Some have psychologic problems which can add to it. The blood pressure and receptor activity could also contribute. ...Read more

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Have prostatitis.Doctor gave me xatral XL 10mg alpha blockers (alfuzosin hydrochloride) and ciprofloxacicne 500mg for 4 weeks. R these medicines ok?

Have prostatitis.Doctor gave me xatral XL 10mg alpha blockers (alfuzosin hydrochloride) and ciprofloxacicne 500mg for 4 weeks. R these medicines ok?

Yes: The standard treatment course for prostatitis is to give 4 weeks of fluoroquinolone antibiotic therapy (the cipro, (ciprofloxacin) in your case). Many physicians also prescribe an Alpha blocker as well to help alleviate any concomitant urinary symptoms during treatment. ...Read more

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Resistant pulmonary htn due to sjogrens. Norvasc (amlodipine) works but isosorbide unpredictable. Beta blocker worsens. Arb acs contraindicated ckd high K. Advice?

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

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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?

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?

No uti: Maybe stop the medication and see how you do , having a full bladder is not uncommon in am and the medication or something else could be giving you the pain in kidney area ie back or medicaton. ...Read more

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What alpha blockers do when a person has prostatitis? How long do a person have to takes alpha blockers?

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

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Have prostatitis.Doctor gave me xatral XL 10mg alpha blockers (alfuzosin hydrochloride) and ciprofloxacicne 500mg for 4 weeks. R these medicines ok?

Yes: The standard treatment course for prostatitis is to give 4 weeks of fluoroquinolone antibiotic therapy (the cipro, (ciprofloxacin) in your case). Many physicians also prescribe an Alpha blocker as well to help alleviate any concomitant urinary symptoms during treatment. ...Read more

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I'm on alpha blockers for 1month& i've ejaculated 4 times & every time the semen quantity is good (5-6 ml), thick&pale white.Do i still hv prostatitis?

Why Guess .....: If not painful... Probably ok but, why Alpha blockade at 24 (is unusual, and source of prostatitis... Std ? Vs other issues). Best suggestion is to see your urologist to discuss. ...Read more

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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

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

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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

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

Family practice : Prostatitis is hard to treat sometimes requiring longer term antibiotics. I'm not sure why he changed medication. They are similar. Ask him, he would be happy to answer that for you. ...Read more

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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

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What happens to prostate in non bacteria prostatitis? What cause this? Why cant void urine without alpha blocker medicine? Thanks

What happens to prostate in non bacteria prostatitis? What cause this? Why cant void urine without alpha blocker medicine?
Thanks

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

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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

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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?

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

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Can alpha blockers help with sleep?

Can alpha blockers help with sleep?

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