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Relief from Enlarged Prostate Symptoms

by Ron Kurtus (13 July 2018)

Certain medicines can provide relief from an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) symptoms.

As men get older, many have urination problems caused by BPH. It is a condition where the enlarged prostate can slow or even block the urine stream.

Medicines that can give relief include Tamsulosin (Flomax) and Finasteride, as well as the Saw Palmetto herb.

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Tamsulosin (Flomax)

Tamsulosin is a prescription medication that relaxes the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, making it easier to urinate. It is considered an alpha 1-blocker, and most men who take the drug notice improvement in their symptoms. It is also sold under the brand name of Flomax


Finasteride and dutasteride lower levels of hormones produced by the prostate. These drugs also reduce the size of the gland, increase urine flow rate, and decrease symptoms of BPH. You may need to take these medicines for 3 to 6 months before you notice symptoms getting better. Possible side effects include decreased sex drive and impotence.

Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is a herb used for treating an enlarged prostate. Studies have shown that it may help with symptoms, but results are mixed. At least, it is worth a try.


Medicines that can give relief to the symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland include Tamsulosin (Flomax), Finasteride, and the herb Saw Palmetto.

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