All medicines, no matter what kind and what illness they are designed to treat, will have side effects both good and bad. While some drugs may claim to treat and even cure your illness by your doctor, if you are currently taking prostate drugs, you should always investigate the possible side effects and decide for yourself whether the good outweighs the bad.
Men who are suffering from poor prostate health are battling with this very quandary every day. They must weigh up the benefits of drugs for prostate enlargement (BPH) and prostate cancer with the possible side effects, which can often be life changing and very difficult to live with.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) causes enlargement of the prostate and can have a negative impact on the urinary system leading to problems such as urinary urgency, pain when urinating and an inability to empty the bladder properly. The prescription medications designed to treat these symptoms can often come with side effects that have a serious impact on men’s general and sexual health. These side effects can be long lasting, even after patients stop taking the drugs, and can affect a man for years. This is why it is extremely important to discuss any possible side effects with your doctor and do your research before deciding to go ahead with any prescription medication.
Two of the most common types of medications your doctor may prescribe to help ease your BPH symptoms are alpha-blockers and 5-alpha-reductase. As with any medication, not every man who takes these drugs will experience negative side effects. However, those men that do suffer some side effects find that the sexual side effects they experience can often be worse than the BHP symptoms themselves. To avoid suffering these side effects yourself, you should question your doctor on possible complications, which may arise and also discuss any alternatives. There are many natural treatments that have no side effects recommended to help those with BHP as well as alternative therapies to promote prostate health. You should be well informed of all the options available to you before you make a final decision about any medication you might take.
There are a variety of possible side effects linked to prostate medication, but not every man who takes the same medication will experience all or any of them. Every patient is different therefore medication will affect them all in different ways. Here is a list of 6 of some of the worst possible side effects caused by prostate and BPH medication.
Erectile dysfunction and other erectile problems
Several prostates and BPH drugs can cause erectile problems for the men who take them. This can be a very upsetting and have a detrimental effect on patients’ private lives. These side effects can also last much longer than the patient is taking the medication for so can have long-term complications. BPH medications that can cause erectile dysfunction are:
Jalyn (dutasteride and tamsulosin)
Another erectile problem that can be caused by both Jalyn and Flomax is priapism. This is another kind of erectile problem in which the patient suffers a painful and prolonged erection that has nothing to do with sexual intercourse and can last for hours. This condition is classed as a medical emergency as it can cause serious long-term damage and so requires immediate medical attention.
Ejaculation and orgasm problems
Certain drugs that are used to treat BPH and other prostate problems can cause men to suffer ejaculation problems and difficulty experiencing orgasms. All of the drugs that can cause erectile dysfunction can also have an impact on a man’s ability to ejaculate and reach orgasm. As well as causing ejaculation problems, Avodart can also lower sperm count, sperm movement and reduce semen volume.
High-grade prostate cancer
One of the most severe and life-threatening side effects of some prostate medication is the increased risk of developing high-grade prostate cancer. This type of cancer is more aggressive then low-grade cancer and can spread and grow at a much faster rate. 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors such as Avodart, Jalyn, Proscar, and Propecia are all 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors, and all carry the risk of inflicting this side effect.
Many medications can cause serious allergic reactions, and prostate drugs are no different. Some of the allergic reactions associated with prostate medication include skin rashes, hives, swelling and trouble breathing. Some medications can also cause the tissues in the breasts area and nipples to change.
Blood pressure changes
Some men may experience a drop in blood pressure as a side effect of taking prostate medications. This can cause spells of lightheadedness and dizziness. Proscar can cause patients to feel dizzy and faint while Flomax can cause dizziness, vertigo, and fainting. This is can pose a serious risk if these symptoms were to arise when the patient were driving or operating machinery.
What many men do not realize is that prescription drugs are essentially a ‘quick fix” that only tackle the symptoms and not actually the problem itself. And this is dangerous as you may be lead to believe by taking prescription drugs your getting better when in fact you could be getting much worse. It’s important to remember that a symptom is a warning sign, so you want to deal with it and not ignore it.If you want to stay clear of the possibilities of side effects and harming your health completely, then there are many natural ways to help deal with the problem of BPH and improve your overall health.