There are several treatment options for an enlarged prostate. You can take alpha-blockers such as terazosin (Hytrin) or tamsulosin (Flomax) to help relax the prostate and bladder muscles. You can also take dutasteride (Avodart) or finasteride (Proscar), a different kind of medication for reducing BPH symptoms.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when you have an enlarged prostate and you’re trying to decide what to do next.
Each person reacts in his own way to the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a common condition for men as they age.
You can talk about your symptoms with your doctor, and together you can decide on the best way for you to handle your case. Your options may include:
The primary stage of BPH treatment is usually called watchful waiting. During watchful waiting, the affected individual will be:
A doctor will also work with the individual and keep a close eye on their condition. Many people with an enlarged prostate remain at this level of care for some time.
Some things to watch include:
Reasons to consider reasons to consider monitoring or observing an enlarged prostate:
If you choose to monitor or observe there are a couple of things you can do to ease things:
When medication alone does not relieve the symptoms of BPH, the next level of treatment typically involves minimally invasive procedures. During these procedures, a doctor will insert an instrument into a person's urethra or rectum to either destroy excess prostate tissue or widen the urethra.
If medication and minimally invasive procedures are unable to improve the symptoms of BPH sufficiently, a doctor may recommend surgery. A person may also require surgery if their symptoms become severe or if complications develop. Potential complications include:
Should I Go With a Treatment?
If your symptoms become worse, it's time to talk to your doctor about an active treatment. Some things to ask yourself and your doctor about each option:
From there, you can talk with him about medications, supplements or surgery.