Prazosin is often prescribed for high blood pressure, but user reviews also comment on its effectiveness for an enlarged prostate. Doctors may recommend it for certain patients with benign prostatic problems.
The drug helps relieve urinary difficulties that occur with an enlarged prostate, but it does not shrink the size of the prostate gland, according to the Mayo Clinic
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Here are seven reviews for prazosin, also known as Minipress, the brand name:
• “Had little effect on benign prostate hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) symptoms,” one reviewer writes on the Drugs.com prazosin reviews
• However, another reviewer who has been taking prazosin for 25 years, says: “It works well with minimal side effects.” He still gets up about one time a night, “but the stream is reasonably strong and I can fully empty my bladder.” He notes that missing a dose for two or three days can bring back stream flow and urinary problems.
• “Taking prazosin has helped my symptoms,” a satisfied customer says at Daily Strength
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• Prazosin complaints among reviewers on WebMD
include “severe vivid nightmares with night sweats,” according to a man taking prazosin for five months. “The nightmares have subsided as have the night sweats. They haven’t gone away completely but at least now they are manageable.”
• A user of the drug complained of feeling faint and even falling to the floor after switching from half a tablet twice a day to a full tablet twice daily, “so now I am considering stopping the drug,” he wrote at WebMD.
• A reviewer taking prazosin for urinary problems due to an enlarged prostate says on the RxList reviews site
, “Minipress has worked wonders and I have experienced no side effects.”
• According to a review of prazosin and other nonselective alpha blockers by the American Academy of Family Physicians
, the drug has an immediate effect on urinary flow because it reduces prostatic muscle tone. Side effects, such as dizziness and fatigue, affect from 7 to 9 percent of patients using nonselective alpha blockers.
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