Mortar & Pestle
Flomax is a drug used for benign prostate hyperplasia, also called benign prostate hypertrophy. It is supposed to make it easier for you to urinate. It is supposed to relax the prostate muscles. More information is given at www.drugs.com
. The generic name for Flomax is tamsulosin.
More information onthe prostate is given in Refs. 1 and 2.
Unfortunately Flomax, according to www.drugs.com
, can cause the very serious side effect of irregular heartbeat. You should seek immediate medical attention if you get this side effect. Many other side effects are also listed at this comprehensive website.
The generic name for Proscar is finasteride. This drug is supposed to shrink the prostate. I have not been satisfied with its effectiveness.
There are various alternative medicine approaches. An herb called saw palmetto is one f these approaches. I am not satisfied with the effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of this treatment either.
“Zinc is as helpful with enlarged prostates as it is with inflamed ones, since zinc deficiency results in prostate enlargement. Very few men obtain even the low US RDA of 15 milligrams of zinc a day, and this would explain a lot.” Dr. Andrew Saul (2)
Saul (2) favors the use of vitamin C and lycopene, which is found in tomatoes. Lycopene is a red pigment. He got some of this information from Ref. 3.
Ref. 4 provides information about zinc.
Can J Urol. 2010 Aug;17(4):5249-54. Durability and retreatment rates of minimal invasive treatments of benign prostatic hyperplasia: a cross-analysis of the literature.
Djavan B, Eckersberger E, Handl MJ, Brandner R, Sadri H, Lepor H.
3. Schwarz S, Obermüller-Jevic UC, Hellmis E, Koch W, Jacobi G, Biesalski HK. Lycopene inhibits disease progression in patients with benign prostate hyperplasia. J Nutr. 2008 Jan;138(1):49-53.