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Top Drug Treatments for Enlarged Prostate

By    |   Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 02:33 PM

There are two major types of drugs that are used most frequently as treatments for an enlarged prostate. Those include a class of drugs called alpha blockers and another called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, according to WebMD.

In the alpha blocker group, drugs are prescribed under the names Uroxatral (alfuzosin), Carder (doxazosin), Flomax (tamsolusin) and Hytrin (terazosin). They work by helping to relax the prostate muscles, allowing for a stronger flow of urine, WebMD noted. All work immediately and help to provide moderate relief for symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia, commonly known as BPH.

The 5-alpha drugs, which work to shrink an enlarged prostate, are: Proscar (finasteride), Avodart (dutasteride) and Jalyn (dutasteride/tamsulosin). It takes three to six months for these drugs to work effectively, WebMD noted.

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Typically, the alpha blockers are tried first by doctors and then the 5-alpha drugs are used, Consumer Reports said, noting that often they are prescribed in combination.

The website suggested consumers consider this protocol to treat enlarged prostates.

"If you and your doctor decide that a drug is appropriate for your condition, we recommend the alpha-blocker doxazosin as your first option. We picked it as our Best Buy because it has a long track record of being both safe and effective. It’s also available as an inexpensive generic drug, costing $8 or less for a month’s supply. The savings would be significant compared to taking one of the costly brand-name alpha-blockers, which can run more than $100 per month," Consumer Reports noted.

If that drug is ineffective, the magazine suggested trying another type of alpha blocker, terazosin, which can be purchased in a less costly generic form.

"Or you and your doctor might want to consider adding a reductase inhibitor to your regimen. In that case, we recommend adding finasteride," Consumer Reports wrote. "It is the only reductase inhibitor available as a generic, so it costs significantly less than a brand-name drug. In addition, the combination of finasteride and doxazosin has been proven to delay the progression of BPH symptoms."

According to The New York Times, combinations of the two major types of drugs for prostate enlargement may be more effective than those used alone.

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The Times added: "The combination treatment may work best for patients with larger prostate glands and higher PSA readings. Many men, however, can control their condition with a single drug."

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