Treatment To Consider

Prostate enlargement is a problem faced by men who are at their later stages of life particularly the geriatric phase. It usually happens during ages 50’s and above. This is a common part of aging, and with all the therapies available for treatment of this condition, it is not something to worry about. There is no known cause. However, it is known that it occurs mainly in older men.

The symptoms of having an enlarged prostate are mainly because of an obstruction in the urethra and the gradual loss of urinary bladder symptom. These symptoms usually involve visit- changes in the urination. These are having a hesitant, interrupted and a weak urination, urgency, leaking and dribbling when you urinate and nocturia or frequent urination at night. You may also experience hematuria, having blood in the urine.

Treatment would depend on the severity of the symptoms that you are experiencing. There are two types of medication available. These are alpha blockers and finasteride Proscar. Alpha blockers for work by relaxing the muscles at the neck of the bladder which would make urination easier. There are three types of Alpha-blockers, doxasin Cardura, tamsulosin Flomax and terazosin Hytrin. Some side effects of these drugs are dizziness, fatigue, orthostatic hypotension and impotence. These work by making the prostate gland shrink, and is very effective. This however will take a longer time to be effective. For best results, it will take about a year. Some side effects are reduced libido, impotence and reduced semen release during ejaculation.

There are herbal remedies for treatment. A very common herbal medicine for enlarged prostate is Saw palmetto. This herb works by preventing the breakdown of testosterone into another hormone that speeds up the enlargement of the prostate gland. This is as effective as finasteride in reducing the size of the prostate gland. This works slowly, and it may take about 1 to 3 months before you will see improvements of the signs and symptoms.

The last option is surgery. This will be done in cases wherein all the medications are not effective in reducing the signs and symptoms. Some common surgical procedures that are done are transurethral resection of the prostate, transurethral incision of the prostate or Open Prostatectomy. These are done in hospitals, under the care of a qualified surgeon. There are a lot of side effects however, such as infection, nerve damage, and loss of bladder control. This is only recommended for patients who have undergone all the other treatments but is still suffering from the same problem.

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