Anti depressant and Urinary issues

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Hi guys

I’ve recently been taking anti depressants and have been on alpha blockers ( alfuzosin) for some time due to weak flow., etc . Since taking the anti depressants my weak flow and retention has returned . This may be a conincidence? Any thoughts ? 

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    An anti-depressant, as with any medication, will also have physiological effects. Something as simple as an allergy pill can also produce the negatives you are experiencing. (There is a warning in this regard for mph sufferers.)
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    Which anti depressants are you taking?

    Gary

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    What did your doctor say when you discussed this with him (or her)?
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      Hi Lee ,

      I haven’t discussed it with him yet . I was diagnosed with chronic prostatitis and a “ blocked “ bladder which would ultimately need a bladder incision with side affects 3 years ago, and underwent a vast amounts of tests , scans and prostate biopsy 3 years ago . The alpha blockers have prevented the operation. Had another bout of problems 6 months ago and mentally have not been the same since .Its a long story .  To be quite honest I would prefer not to go back to GP and find myself back on the familiar treadmill of tests . It just seems conincedental  for the these symptoms to reappear after taking the anti depressants or is it a case that the pills are no longer working and I need the Op ? 

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      There is a basic problem with asking strangers on the internet with no medical training for medical advice.  First, none of us knows your medical history (other than what you just posted) and none of us is qualified to make a judgement on your problem or propose a solution. 

      You mention GP in your post but I'm not sure what that is.  In America, it would be "general practitioner" which is not a specialist.  You should be seeing a urologist (if you're not already).  It is possible that the alpha blockers are no longer working but that would suggest a dosage change first, rather than surgery (keep in mind I have no medical training and this advice is worth what you've paid for it.)  I recently upped my dosage of doxazosin from 2mg to 4mg and it provided some additional symptom relief.  I have no advice other than to consult the appropriate medical specialist and agree on a treatment plan.  Good luck.

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    My two-cents worth would be it probably IS a coincidence.  Seems like I've read many posts on Patient in where someone used the alpha blockers and they worked for awhile.  If you're like me, none of the surgical options that are common seem like a very good alternative to CIC.  I'm hoping something comes down the pike in a few years that will be less invasive and have such a long recovery period.  The only time I went into the Urologist they were going to have me in for surgery in 3 weeks without even trying anything else or knowing for sure what the blockage is.  I've been doing CIC for about a year now and I think I'm getting some of my urges back and maybe more strength in my stretched out bladder.  How I got that way is another story.  Read some of the threads on CIC.  Its actually a good temporary (or possibly permanent) way to make sure you empty your bladder.  I was retaining a lot of urine for a long time because neither my or my GP knew that I could be that full and not feel it.  My nerves in my bladder were shot I guess.  Anyway, I hope this helps

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