Cardura ( doxazosin ) withdrawl

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  I tried to stop taking 4mg doxazosin (for BPH) 2 times, the first time in July to see if it was the cause of my RE (yes it was), the second time just now to replace it with 5mg daily Cialis. Both time on the 3rd day, I experienced the following symptoms, probably from muscle spasm:

 1. Tightness at the lower abdomen, probably the bladder.

 2. Constant urge to urinate small amount.

 3. Stomache cramps leading to urges to poop.

 4. Very weak flow.

 I probably will have to restart doxazosin back soon because of them. Has anyone experienced this as well ? Is there any way to get around it ? Thanks.


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    Hi Hank,

    Much as I love acronyms myself I cannot uncover the meaning of RE so not much help here.

    I myself am on 12mg of Doxazosin per day to alleviate my BPH and also reduce my hypertension. I had to gradually titrate up to this dosage over a number of weeks so I suspect that you should withdraw slowly rather than go cold turkey .

    However, be careful if you combine Cialis and Doxazosin (as I do) as it can cause hypotension.

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    I got Retrograde Ejaculation when on Tamsulosin. My BPH is not very pronounced and my urologist said my urinary frequency and urgency was more likely caused by bladder neck problems, specifically irritation. He recommended I give up tea and coffee (including decaf). Gradually over a few months my symptoms have improved. I still have a problem with incomplete voiding which has caused me urine infections, but doing without the Tamsulosin seems to be a success.
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      How often do you have urine infections due to incomplete voiding ? You may consider self cathing once a day to empty your bladder. How much is your retention volume ? Hank
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      I do self-cath occasionally, but not as a routine. There was an 18 month gap between recent and previous infections, so I thought all that had been behind me. At present I'm on a prophylactic (1 a day) dose of Nitrofurantoin as prescribed by my urologist. With luck this will clear things for at least another 18 months or so!

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    I switched from tamsulosin to cialis and had some urinary problems (mostly flow issues)until the cialis got into my sysyem. I'm happy I made the switch though. I don't remember having symptoms similar to yours during the switch. It took about a week to make the transition.

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      I think getting off tamsulosin ( flomax ) and on cialis helped with erections. I need to lose weight I'm sure if I lost 30 lbs it would be a game changer. I'm still on fernasteride which doesn't help in the sex department. Urine volume with cialis is comparable to tamsulosin but I pee better at night on cialis. I check flow rate/volume about once a week with a graduated beaker. I feel urgency at 300 ml at 400 ml I will pee my pants if I don't go. This has improved since I started doing kegel exercises. Used to be 300 ml was the pee my pants mark. 400 ml  I would almost go into retention. Also my flow rate during the day is ~ 20 ml/sec which in my opinion is fantastics. At night it varies from 15 ml/sec to a slow trickle.

      This to me may be  the game changer with cialis. On tamsulosin sex/erections/orgasms were not going to happen. This is only theory on my part but I had a sore prostate about 50% of the time. I didn't have sex for quite a while. Once on cialis sex became possible again. I started out just masturbating to see how things work and to make sure the was no blood in my ejaculate. Things looked good as far as bleeding goes so I went back to having sex. I don't really like to masturbate but one way or another I try to have at least 3 orgasms a week. I have Pain in my  prostate once in a while but nothing like it used to be. I think some of that is dietary. 


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