has anyone taken Alfusozin or Cialis for BPH?

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I am going away for a month and need to take some medication to hopefully help.

the doctor put me on Cialis but am having vision problems after first pill.

can anyone tell me if they have taken either Alfusozin or Cialis and if its worked or if they have had any bad or similar side effects.

Thank you in advance.

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    I've taken both and had some problems with both; however, I think the Alfuzosin side effect profile is much better and my urologist confidentially told me that he is taking it for BPH (10mg).  It was the first one he recommended.

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    I was prescribed Alfusozin (it is an anti-depressant) to help me sleep better. I stopped after 3 days as I was getting pains in my thigh. It took several physio appts to work it out.  Comments on the website for the product suggest I am not alone.  Be wary.

    Cialis (10 or 20mg) is an ED remedy.  I have been taking it for many years, and it works.  But since my BPH getting worse, I am finding no ejaculation.  You could try it and see.

    I am 75

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      alan,

      do you take that amount of cialis daily?

      i did a search on alfusion on the site but its too hard to search for others comments.

      thanks

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    It is my understanding that the standard Cialis dose for BPH is 5 mg., once per day.

    I have been taking that amount daily for a couple of years, and it seems to help primarily with flow, possibly with urgency issues also.

    The only undesirable side effect for me is nighttime erections that won't subside unless I get up and urinate.  I have tried taking the same dose every other day, and that issue abates somewhat, but so does the efficacy for BPH.

    I also sometimes get a stuffy head and bloodshot eyes, but those are almost too minor to mention.

    Hope this helps.

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      "It is my understanding that the standard Cialis dose for BPH is 5 mg., once per day.

      I have been taking that amount daily for a couple of years, and it seems to help primarily with flow, possibly with urgency issues also."

      glad to hear its working. do you remember any side effects when you first started?

      also, what time of day you take it?

      thanks

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    changejobs. I take Cialis purely to counteract ED (and was unaware of the asserted benefit of daily small doses to BPH sufferers).  My GP started me on 10mg some years ago but when I found I "fell down on the job" so to speak, she increased it to 20mg - to be taken about an hour before expected need.  Certainly never tried (or needed) to take it daily.

    As I commented below (and since, on reading published studies) I am wondering whether I am on the right ED remedy now that my BPH reading is 130.  I am thinking of Levitra instead.  Anyone any thoughts?

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    I've taken both for BPH.  I started with the Alfusozin, took it for about a year.  For the first few months, I thought it was helping with urination, but later didn't really see much difference than before I started it.  Only side effect was leg muscle pains that would start about an hour after taking it, and last for a few hours.  It seemed to diminish over time, but never really stopped happening.

    Switched to the Cialis, 5mg/day, and that definitely helped the urine flow.  For some reason my BPH is very sporadic, I can have nights where I only have to urinate once, while other nights I might be up 5 times (and I regulate my fluid intake carefully).  On the Cialis, I went from having 10-12 bad nights per month, to only 5-6 bad nights, and the bad nights were much better (getting up only 2-3 times per night versus 5...)

    On the IPSS scale, taking Cialis dropped me from about a 22 to a 14.  I was worried about the vision side effects when I started taking it, because I've had retinal tears in the past, but no vision problems yet, and I've been taking it for about a year, with no side effects.

    One other note- it was very difficult getting my insurance to cover Cialis daily.  They had no problem with a prescription for 4 pills per month (I guess that's the number of times they allow ED sufferers to have sex each month...), but fought hard not to cover 30 pills per month.  Took almost 2 months of haggling between them and my doctors to get them to cover it for daily use.

    Best of luck to you.

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      "Switched to the Cialis, 5mg/day, and that definitely helped the urine flow."

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      steve,

      what time of the day do you take it?

      CJ

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      Curious where you heard about vision problems - I've had 2 retinal tears and a hole in the last 3 years - seems like it started a couple of years after I was on Cialis daily - the eye surgery told me it should not be related, just the structure of my eyes and aging. I'm 62

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      if you google cialis vison side effects you should see a bunch of stuff. the 2 main things are blurry vision, which should go away and also a loss of vision.

      there have been studies but nothing showing that being on it is more of a chance to lose eyesight than not being on it.

      what is a retina tear and how did you know you had one?

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      I take it right after dinner each night, about 7:30pm.  They say it shouldn't matter whether you take it with food or not, but just makes more sense to me to take it on a full stomach...

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      Both the doctor and the pharmacist warned me about possible vision problems before I started it; even those Cialis commercials they run on TV mention "blindness" as a possible side effect (that's in the part of the commercial where you're just supposed to listen to the nice background music and not hear the guy listing out all the ways a drug may kill you...) 

      I did try to research the actual mechanism behind Cialis causing blindness, but never came up with much.  But it didn't seem like it was a progression from hole, to tear, to blindness.  Seemed like it was just instant blindness.  I remember the pharmacist told me that if I didn't have any problem in the first few weeks, there shouldn't be a risk anymore.  But all these drugs are really so poorly researched, who's to say...

      I'm 54, and had my first retinal tear at 38.  Second one a few years later, both treated with laser, and both were fairly small.  But I've been stuck with a ton of black floaters in my vision ever since.  So I'm pretty sensitive to any eye-related issues, and luckily haven't noticed any degradation since starting the Cialis.

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      Hi C.J.

      Firstly I can share what I was told about Cialis - better not to take it together with a fatty meal, so take it 1/2 hour before or 2 hours after meals - absorbs better that way. My insurance does not pay enough so I order it from a Canadian pharmacy.

      Second, yeh I googled before, I did find some article about retinal tears on men who've been on it for 10 years but wasn't clear whether it was only in conjunction with another drug.

      I also in the last few years developed floaters and flashes, so in the course of getting regular eye exams my optometrist advised me to see a surgeon. Surgeons know how to examine the eyes better than optometrists and he noticed the tear. A follow up the following year and 2 tears in the other eye. The following year a hole.

      a tear is I suppose like any fabric tearing, and the danger is if you leave it the retina can detach. To fix it the surgeon lasers it like a soldering iron. Not much fun.

      Regards,

      Michael

       

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      That's good to know, I'm still a bit nervous now after 3 years in a row having some issue.

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      It seemed like it was 2-3 weeks before I noticed a sustainable improvement in flow.

      Also, I haven't experimented with changing the times I take it, but after reading the comments above, I think I'm going to try that.

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      It seemed like it was 2-3 weeks before I noticed a sustainable improvement in flow.

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      steve, did you notice any insomnia at the start?

      thanks

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