What's the best medication for shrinking the prostate(with the least side effects)

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Urologists seem to prescribe (Avodart) and finasteride in order to reduce the size of the prostate. The side effects seem fairly extreme. Is there any other drugs that reduce the prostate. Or does anyone have any advice?

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    It actually seems toxic according to possible side effects. I took Finasteride for 2 months and stopped because it seems to have been raising my BP, swelled my ankles and gave me heart palpitations. My pcc said that is NOT a side effect, but within a few days my BP went back to normal, heart palps went away and ankles are normal. My neighbor is on Avodart and had to go to the ER for elevated BP 221/110 and the DR. changed him to a stronger BP med. They both block Testerone production, I believe Finasteride about 90% and Avodart about 65%. I had the urolift to get off rapaflo and ended up with both, Rapaflo and Finasteride.

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    None and beware of unregulated supplements that do hour- long infomercials on TV. They are scams that do nothing. They neither help or harm which is why they are unregulated. Just plain fraud.

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    Hey Johnny

    Happy New Year. This is a very important question. I did some research on this before and look over it again. There is not a good answer for this at all.

    You have 2 types. You have some that are just Alpha Blockers and then you have the Type 5 Inhibitor. All of them have the some if not more side effects. You can go from dizziness, fainting and many sexual problems. Before you take any of them you have to read up on them because most doctor do not look at the side effects of the drugs. They look only at the benefit of them.

    The regular blockers do not shrink the prostate only relax the muscles. The Type 5 Inhibitors will shrink the prostate in about 6 month's or longer. Cialis is a type 5 but it only helps the muscles in the area. You have to pick what you want to do. Peed better or have sexual problem. You also have to remember that even after stopping the medication the side effects will continue. But this is up to you.

    If you do not want to take any of these pills you can try to manage the prostate by natural ways. I read that there are 5 ways to do this. This is only a suggestion. I'm not telling anyone to do anything.

    First thing is keep moving. Exercise is good for the body and also the prostate. Also losing some weight. Even if it is only a few pounds. Another thing a man has to do is watch the levels of his testosterone and estrogen. If this goes off balance it will effect the prostate and it can start to grow. Eat better is good for the prostate. Avoid red meats, dairy, wheat, fried foods and sugar. Not good for the body or the prostate.

    Now for things that are good for the prostate is green tea and cranberry juice will help and you need to stay hydrated. Curcumin and saw palmetto is very good. It regulate the inflammatory processes of the prostate which will help you pee better.

    It is up to the individual to do what he feel is best for him and what he can deal with. I feel it has to do with a mans age. A younger man may pick not to take anything that is going to affect his sex life but a older man may take the pills and hope for the best.

    Lets hope this year brings health to all of us....................Ken

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    I find in the UK that there is still a reluctance by NHS doctors to prescribe Avodart as it is more expensive than Finesteride.

    When it first came on the market my then GP and hospital consultant each said 'It's new and unproven and probably will be forgotten in six months '

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