Alfuzosin

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Started on Alfuzosin about a week ago and now my ankles are swelling. I can't find this as a side effect but was wondering if anybody else has had this experience. I was on Rapaflo for 3 years and never had this happen. Also, I don't urinate as often as I think I should. Thanks.............Billy

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    I've been taking alfuzosin along with dutasteride for six months. Have not experienced swelling of the ankles. Not urinating as often as you think you should during the daytime is an expected outcome of fluid being retained (ankle swelling for example). Are you urinating more at night? If not getting up more often at night are you voiding more urine during each trip?

    Although I don't have visible swelling in my ankles, I have started to wear compression socks. They seem to increase the amount of urine produced during the daytime and decrease the amount voided at night (which hopefully translates to getting up fewer times per night). When I'm traveling and want to go on long daytime tours, I don't wear them. It generally means I'm not peeing as often during the bus tours (which is a blessing). The downside is that I'll get up once or twice more per night, but, for me, that is tolerable while traveling.

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      Rdemyan - you think like me. I have used compression hose for the same reason as you, and I do find some relief from wearing them as far as less nocturia. Some other things I have done is to take Lasix 25 mg around 5 pm - makes me pee a lot through the evening dehydrating me some, resulting in less nocturia. And the third idea I'd like to throw at you is, what someone on this blog called the potato chip diet - he would eat potato chips at bedtime to elevate his sodium level in his body. This causes the body to produce the hormone ADH, anti-diuretic hormone, which causes the kidneys to retain fluid to bring the body's sodium level back down to normal - again reducing nocturia. I have experimented by just eating some salt before bedtime. These ideas all seem to sometimes help a little. Now I'm not recommending any of these treatments. I just find them interesting, especially when they do work. Best to check with your doctor before playing with self experimentation. Best of luck to you.

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    Hey Billy

    I just got done looking up this med. It does say that there is a chance of swelling in the feet and legs. If this continues tell your doctor.

    Maybe he can put you on something else. I have been on Vasicare 10 mg for over a year. Have had no problem. It will relax the prostate and the bladder.

    Take care....Ken

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    I tried this stuff about two years ago, but came off it after the month's trial. It certainly reduced (but did not eliminate) the number of night time visits to the loo but as each dose wore off, I felt like a dam was about to burst imminently. I do not recall any swellings. Last year I had a PAE, and am much more comfortable with few toilet visits. Worth considering, in my opinion

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    Hi Billy

    I was on Flomax - and had very bad side effects - muscle pains in legs and retrograde ejaculation

    Then I changed to Silodyx - which gave no side effects except retrograde ejaculation - it was effective though in relieving the PG problems of emptying bladder etc

    I had a PAE (Prostate Embolization ) 12 months ago which reduced the prostate from 120 ml to 86 ml - the urologist said the PAE only shrinks the outer areas of the PG , not inner areas which still cause the same problems as before.

    As PAE wasn't that effective, I'm now back on Silodyx and so far so good...still retrograde ejaculation , but only 2 visits to the loo at night , plus volume of urine very good at 340ml (a beer glass full), every 2.5 hours

    Regards

    Mr President

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    Thanks for all the replies. I'm going to stay off it for a few days to be sure it is the culprit or if maybe something else is causing it. The change from Rapaflo to Uroxatral was my suggestion to the Dr. I felt as though Rapaflo was no longer doing the job, and it is not in generic form which makes it pretty expensive.

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    I ditched Rapaflo due to RE, and went to Alfuzosin. It worked pretty well for about 2 years, then just stopped working. I tried skipping it for two weeks, then getting back on it, and I might as well been taking aspirin.

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    For the swelling (edema) in your legs, ask your Dr for a prescription for compression socks.

    It will save the blood vessels in your legs.

    Also, do more exercise. Walking is fine. Then rest with your legs above your heart.

    Best of luck while you figure out the rest. Different people react differently to the various drugs.

    Do not settle. Keep asking questions of your doctors until you find a workable solution.

    Best,

    Bob T.

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