Cardura is used to treat urinary problems associated with an enlarged prostate. Doxazosin, the generic alternative, and other options are available for men who find the medication doesn’t work or causes unwanted side effects.
Cardura is in the nonselective class of alpha-1 blockers. These agents help relieve issues in the urinary tract and also affect other areas in the body, according to Harvard Medical School
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Reasons to consider alternatives or other options for Cardura include side effects or simply not feeling like it's working. Some men might need an alternative when also taking drugs for erectile dysfunction; Cardura, like many other drugs for an enlarged prostate, may cause sexual side effects.
Combination therapy (taking more than one drug to treat one issue) is often an option when treating an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Along with Cardura, finasteride, a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor that blocks hormones to help reduce the size of the prostate gland. may also be prescribed.
When faced with side effects or continued difficulties, men can ask their doctor about alternative options for Cardura. The doctor might prescribe Flomax or Hytrin, which are other common treatments. Proscar, the brand name for the generic finasteride, may benefit prostatic problems by shrinking the prostate and reducing the need for surgery of the prostate, says CVS
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Supplements also may provide an alternative for men who don’t want the side effects of Cardura and other drug options. Saw palmetto is among the most popular supplemental choices. The herb usually has no side effects and doesn’t change prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, CVS reports. Some medications may cause the PSA levels to become artificially low when testing for prostate cancer.
Although some men report success in eliminating urinary symptoms by using saw palmetto, research remains mixed. Some studies show the herbal alternative significantly improves urine flow while others show no difference when compared with placebo.
If you're experiencing symptoms of an enlarged prostate, talk to your doctor about Cardura or other possible alternatives and options for relief.
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