BPH Treatment With Alpha Blockers

November 4th, 2009 | Under: News »

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy or BHP affects one out of four men over the age of 55.

The prostate gland is placed below the bladder and controls the urine flow. BHP is caused either by enlarged prostate or tightened muscles of urethra and bladder neck, or by both. That condition is accompanied by many painful symptoms, such as: having trouble starting a urine stream or having a slow and poor stream, experiencing the feeling of not depleted bladder. All that leads to more severe conditions: total block of urine stream, backflow of urine causing bladder or kidney infection, or even kidney disorders.

BPH can be treated in many ways and there are usually four stages of treatment depending on the conditions:

  1. Either by alternative herbal medications: saw palmetto, stinging nettles, and Pygeum.
  2. Or by pharmaceutical medications – alpha blockers and enzyme inhibitors.
  3. Another possible type of treatment: heat or microwave treatment during which the swollen area of the prostate is burned away in order to free the urethra.
  4. And the ultimate resort is surgery: removal of the blocking part of the prostate or the entire prostate. However, after the surgery the use of group one or two medications is advised.

The type-two medications called alpha blockers act on alpha adrenergic or alpha-1 nerves responsible for production of a chemical related to epinephrine (adrenalin) that causes the muscle tightening. They have nothing similar with enzyme inhibitors as they do not shrink the prostate. Alpha blockers help to relax prostate muscles and bladder neck muscles, allowing the painless urine relief.

The existing alpha blockers are: Terazosin (Hytrin), Doxazosin (Cardura), Tamsulosin (Flomax), and Alfuzosin (Uroxatral). While being developed, they were aimed at hypertension treatment. All work on the explained earlier principle and are equally efficient. Most men notice significant improvement already within the first week. However, they are efficient for men who have mild or moderate prostate enlargement condition. Side effects might be: reduction of semen during ejaculation, hypotension, dizziness, headache, stomach or intestinal discomfort, runny and stuffy nose.

Flomax or Tamsulosin Hydrochloride is produced by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Each Flomax tablet contains 0.4 mg of Tamsulosin Hydrochloride, which is a daily norm. In case of little effect doctor might substitute it with 0.8 mg. The latest clinical studies proved that Flomax has the same effect being taken every other day with lesser side effects.

It is not recommended for men with hypotension. It might not be efficient for those with more severe stage of prostate enlargement. In such cases the patient should move on to stage three or four. At least such patients need the combination of alpha blockers and enzyme inhibitors. A specialist can help you to pick the best suiting for you treatment.

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