Codeine/Antihistamines be the cause of enlarged Prostate?

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Hi folks,

Following on from my last post which so many kind fok replied to i am wondering something.I have ME and with some of the symptoms i have been taking a codeine daily for the past couple of years as well as anti histamines every couple of days . I looked on google and it said on some sites do not take codeine if you have BPH but could either drug cause the problem or irritate the prostate ? Strange enough the one site i saw which says you can take it for the Prostate pain was the NHS one!!!

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    John, from my personal experience I know that an enlarged prostate that is inhibiting flow enough to be very bothersome will be made worse by use of antihistamines. This is a common effect. I don't believe it will cause BPH, though. 
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    I'm taking codeine for another complaint, codeine will and do cause constipation which will cause pain as the stools push against the prostate as for antihisamines,

    I took chlorpheamine for Hay fever and it sent me into retention due to it causing the prostate and to swell and the bladder muscles to contract, that taught me to read the information leaflet as it say's "do not take if you have urine problems or and prostate problem."

    I hope this helps, kind regards Howard.

    PS: if in doubt consult your GP or Pharmasist.

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    I imagine you can have prostate pain -- prostatitis for example -- and not have urinary retention. Maybe that was what the NHS site was referring to?

    Like others have said, you have to be careful with some drugs -- opiates, antihistimines, decongestants, etc -- as they can make urinary retention worse. That said, I have taken OTC antihistimes and decongestants for  allergies and colds, and really didn't notice that much of a difference. So, I don't think it's necessarily that you can never take them, just be aware and be careful, and check with your doc if not sure.

    Jim

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      First sentence should have said  "I imagine IF you have prostate pain" . Didn't mean to infer you had it, just using an exmaple.  
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