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Best Ways to Shrink an Enlarged Prostate

By    |   Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 02:12 PM

The best ways to shrink an enlarged prostate include taking medications available for such treatment, prescribed by a doctor familiar with your health issues.

Among the most well-known are two classes of drugs: alpha blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, according to WebMD.

These medications are known to be effective, whether used independently or together, the website said, noting that alpha blockers work quickly while 5-Alpha drugs take three to six months to be fully effective.

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Alpha blockers are sold under the names Uroxatral (alfuzosin), Carder (doxazosin), Flomax (tamsolusin) and Hytrin (terazosin). The 5-alpha drugs, which help shrink the prostate, are: Proscar (finasteride), Avodart (dutasteride) and Jalyn (dutasteride/tamsulosin).

The New York Times reported that a combination of both types of medications works best, especially for "patients with larger prostate glands and higher PSA readings."

The Times added: "Many men, however, can control their condition with a single drug."

Some have suggested natural remedies in the form of supplements like saw palmetto have been effective in reducing prostate enlargement. But many researchers say it does not work.

A 2011 study reported by CBS News and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association said saw palmetto offers no relief for prostate enlargement.

In that research, men with moderate BPH symptoms "took up to three times the standard dosage of saw palmetto - and the stuff still didn't work," CBS said.

"Now we know that even very high doses of saw palmetto make absolutely no difference," Dr. Gerald Andriole, chief of urologic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said in the statement, according to CBS.

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"Men should not spend their money on this herbal supplement as a way to reduce symptoms of enlarged prostate because it clearly does not work any better than a sugar pill," he added.

Other natural remedies include: cayenne pepper, lycopene, pomegranate, turmeric, ginger, soy foods, green tea and several types of mushrooms.

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