Men's health

BPH

(Enlarged prostate)

  • Also known as
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia

About BPH

The prostate is a gland in men. It helps make semen, the fluid that contains sperm. The prostate surrounds the tube that carries urine out of the body. As men age, their prostate grows bigger. If it gets too large, it can cause problems. An enlarged prostate is also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Most men will get BPH as they get older.

Symptoms of BPH
  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate, especially at night
  • Trouble starting a urine stream or making more than a dribble
  • A urine stream that's weak, slow, or stops and starts several times
  • The feeling that you have to go, even just after urinating
  • Small amounts of blood in your urine

Top Medications for BPH according to our users

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All Medications for BPH

  • Avodart
    (dutasteride)
    Prescription only

    Avodart (dutasteride) reduces prostate size and relieves symptoms, but can lower sex drive when first starting on it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Cardura
    (doxazosin)
    Prescription only

    For men, Doxazosin will help make it easier to urinate so that you're not getting up a lot at night. It's a last-choice treatment for high blood pressure.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Cialis
    (tadalafil)
    Prescription only

    Cialis (tadalafil) is very effective and is the only medication in its class that treats both erectile dysfunction and enlarged prostate symptoms. You can also take it on a regular basis, which can allow for more spontaneity, but it can be expensive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Proscar
    (finasteride)
    Prescription only

    Proscar (finasteride) reduces prostate size and relieves symptoms of enlarged prostate, but can cause a loss of sexual desire or arousal when you first start taking this medication.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Levitra
    (vardenafil)
    Prescription only

    Levitra (Vardenafil) is a first-choice treatment for erectile dysfunction. However, you have to take it at least 60 minutes prior to sex, so the lack of spontaneity may not be good for some people. It can also be expensive.

    Was it worth it?
    Men
    66%
    Women
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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
  • Prazosin
    Prescription only

    Prazosin is used mostly to make urination easier for men with an enlarged prostate, but it can cause dizziness.

    Was it worth it?
    Men
    53%
    Women
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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Medication side effects for BPH

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Diarrhea.

  • Cardura: 2%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Diarrhea

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Diarrhea

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