Flowmax (also spelled flomax) is one commonly prescribed drub for an enlarged prostate gland.. Despite many flowmax side effects, flomax is an effective drug for many men. We'll discuss the way it works in a moment.
The prostate gland stores and secretes a clear fluid that constitutes part of the seminal fluid that makes up semen. This fluid helps to energize the sperm and also makes the vaginal canal less acidic. The prostate also contains some smooth muscle tissue that helps to expel semen during ejaculation. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the tip of the penis.
When the prostate gland is enlarged, it puts pressure on the urethra, causing problems with urination. Men with enlarged prostate glands may have trouble starting urination, a weak urine stream, and/or may need to urinate frequently. They are susceptible to frequent bladder infections because the bladder does not empty completely and the urine that remains in the bladder provides an ideal place for bacteria to grow.
After age forty or so, the prostate gland tends to enlarge. It can be a natural part of the aging process. Therefore, it is difficult to prevent. There are steps you can take, however, to prevent the bladder infections that often accompany an enlarged prostate gland.
To prevent bladder infections:
You should also see your doctor for an annual prostate exam after age 40. This way, any prostate problems will be caught early and treatment can be initiated before the problem gets worse.
Flowmax is different than other drugs because it does not shrink the prostate gland. Instead, it relaxes the muscles in the prostate gland. This relives the pressure on the urethra.
Men using flomax are subject to a number of flowmax side effects, however. Common side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, headache, backache, chest pain, cough, sore throat, sinus problems, weakness, and sexual side effects. In some men, fainting can occur. You should use caution when driving or operating heavy equipment until you know how flomax will affect you.
There are a number of other medications that can be prescribed for an enlarged prostate gland. If you experience flowmax side effects, your doctor may prescribe one of these medications for you. These are usually drugs that work to shrink the prostate gland. They can have side effects as well, such as depression and sexual side effects. Different individuals experience different side effects; not everyone will experience all of the possible side effects.
If flomax and other medications do not relieve the urinary symptoms, surgery may be recommended. Traditional surgery carries with it many risks, including the risks of anesthesia, infection, impotence, and urinary incontinence. Laser surgery is less often performed but when it is an option, it does carry fewer risks.
Many men wish to avoid the risks and side effects of medication and surgery. Instead, they prefer to try a natural alternative. For some men, natural treatments may be the best option.
See your doctor for an annual prostate exam after age forty, or sooner if you have signs of an enlarged prostate gland. Ask your doctor about flowmax and about natural alternatives.
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