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Conditions: BPH

Taking a Look at BPH

Medication

Some of the traditional medications used to treat BPH are as follows:

  • 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. These drugs trigger hormonal changes that make the prostate shrink.
  • Alpha blockers. These medicines work to relax the smooth muscle cells in the prostate. With these cells relaxed, there is less pressure on the urethra.
  • Cialis (tadalafil). Cialis was originally approved for treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). In October 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cialis to treat ED and BPH when the two conditions occur together. Patient taking nitrates (such as nitroglycerin) should not take Cialis because of possible serious blood pressure drops.

Some doctors prescribe a combination of medications to help men with BPH.

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