The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Prostate Drug Dutasteride Shrinks Prostate and Penis

Dutasteride shrinks prostate glands but it also has sexual side effects. It can cause diminished libido & block sexual satisfaction. What about penis size?

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Dutasteride and Depression | A Dark Side of Prostate Drugs like Avodart

Dutasteride and finasteride are prescribed for BPH. Both drugs can trigger sexual side effects. A reader notes dutasteride and depression were devastating.

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Dutasteride (Avodart) Sexual Side Effects Can Be Daunting

Are men alerted to dutasteride (Avodart) sexual side effects? What about elevations in blood sugar, LDL cholesterol or liver enzymes. Does ED persist?

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Are Men Taking Prostate Drugs More Likely to Be Depressed?

A large Canadian study showed that men taking prostate drugs are more prone to depression, although it found no risk of suicide.

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Prostate Drug Had Lasting Effects on Sex Life

Drugs for an enlarged prostate gland, dutasteride and finasteride, can have long-lasting negative consequences for a man's sex life.

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Will Drugs for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) Ruin Your Sex Life?

Millions of men are suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) but will their medication lower their libido or cause persistent erectile dysfunction?

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Is It Safe to Take Off Label Drugs for Unapproved Purposes?

There is a good chance you are taking off label drugs. Do you know the risks and benefits? Doctors may not reveal they are prescribing without FDA approval.

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Sex Problems Result from Tamsulosin for Urination

Tamsulosin is prescribed to men with an enlarged prostate so urination is less of a problem. Sexual side effects can be a downside of such alpha blockers.

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Side Effects, Interactions and Problems with Prostate Drugs

As men age their prostate glands expand. Doctors prescribe alpha blockers to reduce trips to the bathroom, but there are some problems with prostate drugs.