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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
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
Yes: Dutasteride and Finasteride both work well to shrink the prostate. Called 5 Alpha reductase inhibitors, these drugs stop the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, which causes baldness and prostate enlargement. Not a quick fix as maximum benefit is not reached for 6-12 months. ...Read more
What med besides avodart (dutasteride) shrinks the prostate without producing erectile disfunction?
Emptying Prostate: It can. But, not by itself, usually. First one must treat the underlying condition. I often have my guys with this problem start on an herb known as saw palmetto. And, especially the first week to empty their prostate gland with several ejaculations. If after one week the symptoms are improved then I have them stay on saw palmetto for ninety days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Little science here: It would be difficult to find a control group. As recently as the mid-20th century, 'pop' / 'cult' claims that 'solitary vice' did terrible spiritual damage resulted in men trying very hard -- usually unsuccessfully -- to avoid the practice. Anecdotally, accelerated prostate hyperplasia seemed to result. Within reasonable limits, correlation between frequency ; BPH risk seems negligible. ...Read more
Wear Foley 2 months. taking flomax (tamsulosin) & proscar. Urologist tried flooding bladder with 250cc's.Couldn't urinate enough. penis is eroding.How to retrain?
Need more info: Your age? Is prostate enlarged and obstrutcing? High chance of infection with Foley for 2 mos.How much flomax:You can take it 0.4mg twice daily. Proscar (finasteride) does not work until you have been on it for about 4 months. Have you had cystometrogram?Are you diabetic?How much residual urine by ultrasound?Difficult to give you helpful answer without more information.Sorry I could not give better answer. ...Read more