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

  • Genitourinary > 5-alpha reductase inhibitor

    • Avodart
      (Dutasteride)
      Prescription only

      Avodart (Dutasteride) can be helpful in lowering BPH symtoms and delaying your need for surgery.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Antihypertensive > Alpha blocker

Phosphodiesterase-5 enzyme inhibitor

  • Cialis
    (Tadalafil)
    Prescription only

    Cialis (Tadalafil) 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
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet

Alpha blocker

  • Flomax
    (Tamsulosin)
    Prescription only

    Flomax (Tamsulosin) is a first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate, and it's available as a generic. However, it can cause changes in your sex drive and can take a while to kick in.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

5-alpha reductase inhibitor

  • Proscar
    (Finasteride)
    Prescription only

    Proscar (Finasteride) works well for mild to moderate symptoms of BPH. When men have more severe symptoms, it can be combined with doxazosin or other medicines for added benefits.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Propecia
    (Finasteride)
    Prescription only

    Proscar (Finasteride) works great for crown balding, as long as you keep taking it.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Medication side effects for BPH

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

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

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have abdominal pain

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