Medication isn’t always needed when you have an enlarged prostate. However, if your symptoms are bothering you and lifestyle
changes aren’t making a difference, your doctor may decide to prescribe medication for prostate enlargement treatment.
Medication for Prostate Enlargement
A number of different medications are available for prostate enlargement treatment. The medication can help to relieve your symptoms and in some cases may even reduce the size of your prostate gland. Your doctor can recommend the medication that is most suitable for you:
• Alpha blockers can relax the muscles around your bladder and prostate gland so that it is easier for you to urinate.
• Anticholinergics can also help to relax the bladder muscles.
• Diuretics can increase the amount of urine you produce during the day so that you are less likely to wake up needing to go in the night.
• Desmopressins can decrease urine production at night so that you won’t need to go while you are resting.
• 5-alpha reductase inhibitors can help to reduce the size of your prostate gland, which should help to improve your symptoms.
You will need to discuss the different types of medication with your doctor in order to decide which one is right for you. Each medication has its own particular risks and benefits and you may need to try more than one of them in order to find the treatment that works best for you.
Other Treatment Options
Medication can usually help to relieve the symptoms of prostate enlargement, but if it doesn’t help you may need to consider the other options. Surgery to remove the inner part of the prostate gland can be beneficial. Having a catheter placed may be necessary if you are experiencing extreme difficulty urinating and are unable to empty the bladder.