Prazosin is one drug used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). There are many alternatives, including brand-name options, to prazosin’s use in treating BPH.
Prazosin is an alpha blocker, so called because it blocks nerve impulses, and it works in BPH patients to relax the muscles around the bladder and prostate gland so that they can urinate more freely, according to Patient.info
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Prazosin is also used to treat hypertension, post-traumatic stress disorder and Reynaud’s disease.
Its main side effects are dizziness, sudden fainting, loss of bladder control, pounding heartbeat, and swelling of the feet or lower legs, according to Drugs.com
. Rarely, chest pain and trouble breathing have been experienced. Minor side effects include headache, loss of energy, and dry mouth. Some side effects will dissipate after continued use of prazosin.
Prazosin is sold under the brand names Cyber-CR, Czopress XL, Minipress XL, Prazopress, and Prazovin. Prazosin is the generic drug name for these brands, which vary in price, according to Medindia
There are many drug and natural alternatives to prazosin that men may take to treat BPH.
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Some alternative drug treatments of BPH that have many fewer side effects include doxazosin (Cardura) and alfuzosin (Uroxatral).
For men with significantly enlarged prostates, Proscar and Avodart have also shown usefulness, according to The New York Times Health Guide
One of the most effective natural treatments for BPH is beta-sitosterol, a plant-based compound made up of cholesterol-like substances from different plants. No major side effects have been reported from beta-sitosterols, according to Healthline
Other treatments include saw palmetto, rye grass pollen extract, stinging nettle, and pygeum, all of which have shown at least a mild effect on BPH symptoms in studies. Many of these natural treatments need more study to determine their level of effectiveness definitively.
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