BPH and Finasteride Medication


Basics

Men often ask us about BPH and finasteride medication. BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia) is an enlarged prostate gland. Prescription finasteride prostate medication is a commonly used drug to treat the condition.

An enlarged prostate gland is a common health problem in men over forty. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra and as it enlarges, it puts pressure on the urethra and causes problems with urination.



Symptoms of an enlarged prostate include:

The problem with enlarged prostate glands is that they can lead to bladder infections. They can also eventually cause the inability to urinate.

If you have BPH and finasteride is prescribed, it can be an effective treatment. There is a risk of some serious side effects, however. We'll talk more about that in a moment.

Prevention

Men often ask us how to prevent BPH and finasteride use. It is almost impossible to prevent BPH because it is often a natural part of the aging process. However, there are some things you can do to prevent it from becoming a serious problem.

Urinate as soon as you feel the urge to go. This will help prevent bladder infections.

Drink eight to ten glasses of water each day. This will help prevent bacteria from collecting in your bladder.

Drink cranberry juice everyday. This increases the acid content of your urine and helps to prevent bladder infections.

Get an annual prostate exam after age forty, or sooner if you notice symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland. This way you can begin treatment as soon as it is needed in order to prevent the problem from getting worse.

Treatment

If symptoms are mild, doctors will sometimes take a wait-and-see approach, performing regular prostate exams to monitor the condition.

Prescription finasteride prostate medication is often used to treat BPH. When you have BPH and finasteride is prescribed, you may experience side effects. Side effects often include depression and sexual side effects. Pregnant women should not touch finasteride tablets because the medication can be absorbed through the skin and can cause serious birth defects. As you can see, when you have BPH and finasteride is prescribed, you are on a very potent drug.

If prescription finasteride prostate medication or other drugs do not work to shrink the prostate gland, surgery may be recommended. In the most common surgery, the doctor goes through the urethra and scraps away part of the prostate gland. Risks associated with this surgery include complications from anesthesia, infection, urinary incontinence, and sexual dysfunction.

Due to the side effects of prescription finasteride prostate medication and the risk associated with prostate surgery, many men are turning to natural treatments instead. Natural prostate treatments are safer and can be very effective. They do not usually have side effects because they use all natural ingredients. They may have other health benefits as well such as improved overall health and immune functioning.

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When To See Your Doctor

See your doctor if you have symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland. These symptoms can be signs of other problems, such as a prostate infection or, more rarely, cancer of the prostate. Ask your doctor about BPH and finasteride. Ask about natural treatment alternatives if you prefer.

If you have any questions about prescription finasteride prostate medication, please write to us.



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