Men who have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate gland, often have trouble urinating. A prescription drug called Hytrin might help relieve these symptoms.
Hytrin is the brand name of the generic drug called terazosin. It belongs to a group of drugs called Alpha-1 Adrenergic Blockers. These drugs work by relaxing arteries and veins, making blood pass through more easily.
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Hytrin is commonly prescribed to treat hypertension, or high blood pressure, but it can also relax the muscles in the prostate gland and bladder, making it helpful in treating symptoms of BPH as well, according to Drugs.com
The prostate gland sits just below the bladder. In men with BPH, it can begin to put pressure on the tube that drains urine from the bladder. Symptoms such as a weak urine stream, frequent urination, and an inability to empty the bladder completely are common with enlarged prostate, says the Mayo Clinic
Like some other drugs prescribed for BPH, Hytrin does not treat the enlarged prostate itself, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although urination may become easier and more comfortable, the enlarged prostate may continue to grow over time. Surgery may still be needed later in time.
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According to Livestrong
, the most common side effect of Hytrin is dizziness, occurring in about 9 percent of patients. Other potential side effects include:
• Muscle weakness
• Swelling in the hands, legs, and feet
• Pounding heartbeat and chest pain
• Impotence, or difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
• Unusual sensations like numbness, tingling, pain, or burning in the hands and feet
Patients taking Hytrin should use caution when driving a car or getting up from a sitting or laying position because dizziness can occur, cautions Mayo Clinic. Patients should avoid drinking alcohol with Hytrin because it can make dizziness worse.
Tell your doctor about other medications you are taking, including any herbal supplements, since Hytrin can have adverse interactions with other drugs.
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