6 Most Popular Prostate Medications
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As our bodies age, we experience organ malfunction in some way or another. In many cases, this includes our excretory system, making urination — a process that may have seemed entirely simple up until that point — suddenly more complicated.
For men, these issues are often a result of an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). While BPH can begin at any age, it is more likely to occur after the age of 50. About 50% of men between the ages of 51 and 60 experience symptoms due to BPH. By the time men reach age 80, about 90% of them have experienced BPH to some degree.
The prostate gland is located between the bladder and the penis. It actually surrounds the urethra as it flows from the bladder to exit the body. It helps push the urine out so that the bladder can fully empty during urination.
When the prostate gets too large, it squeezes the urethra, which doesn’t let urine pass through normally. While the effects may not be noticeable at first, they will become a larger issue over time.
Factors of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
BPH cannot be diagnosed by anyone other than a medical professional, but it’s important to know what the symptoms can include so you can be aware of the possibility of a BPH diagnosis as you age.
Common symptoms of BPH include:
- Frequent urination (eight or more times per day)
- Urgent need to urinate, or being unable to hold it
- Difficulty with urination when trying to do so
- Having a weak or interrupted urine stream
- Dribbling when finished urinating, or just before
- Frequent urination while asleep
- Not completely voiding bladder (urinary retention)
- Being unable to control bladder (accidental urination)
- Pain during urination or after ejaculation
- Urine has an unusual color or smell (not necessarily related to hydration status)
While BPH can affect anyone with a prostate gland, certain factors can increase the risk of someone developing an enlarged prostate, such as:
- Being over the age of 40
- Family medical history of BPH
- Other medical conditions such as obesity, heart and circulatory disease, and type 2 diabetes
- Low levels of physical exercise
- Existing erectile dysfunction issues
It’s important to address the issues surrounding an enlarged prostate earlier rather than later because — as most health conditions do — the symptoms snowball into larger problems. As a general rule, the longer a medical issue is left untreated, the more complex and expensive necessary treatment becomes.
If the prostate continues to grow without any kind of medical intervention, the bladder can be damaged. The act of straining to urinate can hurt the muscles in the bladder walls, making urination issues more complicated.
Not realizing that you’re not emptying your bladder fully can lead to an entire other host of complications when ignored for a long period of time. These complications include bladder stones, or in rare cases a burst bladder, which is a medical emergency requiring surgery.
Fortunately, there are many enlarged prostate medications on the market at this point. Here are the most popular ones you can buy at NorthWestPharmacy.com, and what you can expect to pay for them in comparison to their cash price in the United States.
Uroxatral (alfuzosin HCL) is an alpha-blocker that is used to treat BPH. Alfuzosin HCL blocks the alpha-adrenergic receptors in the body that assist with muscle contractions and vasodilation. By blocking these receptors, the muscles surrounding the prostate and bladder should relax, allowing for easier flow of urine.
It’s important to note that Uroxatral is not a medication that will shrink the prostate gland. It will only help the muscles surrounding it to relax so that urine can more easily pass through the body normally.
In the United States, you’re unlikely to find brand name Uroxatral, as there is a generic widely available. Insurance companies always prefer generics because they’re cheaper.
If you need brand name Uroxatral, look no further. At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can buy a 90-day supply for about $120.00, or about $1.33 per pill.
Alternatively, you can also purchase a 90-day supply of the generic version of Uroxatral for about $80.00, or $0.89 per pill.
Avodart (dutasteride) is a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor used to stop the enlargement of the prostate gland. Dutasteride works by blocking the prostate from making the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which is responsible for converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.
Dihydrotestosterone is an androgen (steroid hormone) that plays an important role in the traditionally “masculine” properties in men — facial and body hair growth, larger muscles, and deeper voice. This hormone is critical in the growth of the prostate, which is supposed to happen during puberty, and again later in life.
Obviously, when the prostate gets too large, it causes problems. By cutting down on the amount of dihydrotestosterone that the prostate can put out, Avodart reduces the damage that could be done if the prostate continues to grow. In theory, dutasteride can help shrink the prostate, though that’s not always the case.
One downside to Avodart is that it takes a while to work — sometimes as many as several weeks. A certain degree of patience is required when taking this medication.
In the United States, you can purchase a 30-day supply of Avodart for about $260.00, or about $8.67 per pill.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can buy a 30-day supply of Avodart for about $74.00, or about $2.47 per pill.
Jalyn (dutasteride/tamsulosin HCI) is a unique prostate medication in that it has two active ingredients. You’ll recognize dutasteride as being the active ingredient in Avodart (above), which will help stop the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.
The second active ingredient (tamsulosin HCI) is a muscle relaxant that functions similarly to the way Uroxatral works. It relaxes the muscles surrounding the bladder and the prostate so that urine can more easily pass through and leave the body.
Jalyn is similar in price to Avodart. In the U.S., you can purchase a 30-day supply for about $260.00, or about $8.67 per pill. Even the generic is rather expensive (though cheaper). Dutasteride/tamsulosin HCI starts at about $20.00 for just five (5) pills ($4.00 per pill), however you can purchase larger quantities and save money on a per-pill basis.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can purchase a 30-day supply for about $125.00, or about $4.17 per pill. You can also choose to buy the generic version of Jalyn at a lower price — a 90-day supply for about $192.00 (about $2.13 per pill).
Proscar (finasteride) is an androgen antagonist that is used to treat an enlarged prostate by blocking the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. Theoretically, this process will shrink the prostate, but that is not guaranteed.
If finasteride sounds familiar, it should. It’s the same active ingredient that makes Propecia effective. Propecia is the most popular oral hair loss treatment on the market, but it was initially tested as a prostate medication. Proscar is the original Propecia, but in a different dose.
What happened was similar to the infamous Viagra story, in which the medication was being tested on patients with angina and high blood pressure, but researchers recognized the fortunate side effect of erections. Proscar was originally being tested for the treatment of an enlarged prostate, and study participants noticed that their hair was growing in thicker.
The common thread of course is dihydrotestosterone, which not only increases the size of the bladder, but decreases the size of hair follicles. If a hair follicle previously grew five (5) hairs but is shrinking and can only grow two (2), hair will naturally thin out.
Getting dihydrotestosterone levels under control can help solve both of these problems, but only for as long as you’re taking the medication. Stopping will cause all of the positive progress to disappear — hair loss will start again, and the prostate will enlarge.
While Propecia has become synonymous with finasteride at this point, Proscar is still used to treat enlarged prostate in many patients. It’s very effective for use in both cases.
In the U.S., a 30-day supply of Proscar costs about $185.00 (about $6.17 per pill).
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can buy a 28-day supply of Proscar for about $82.00 (about $2.93 per pill).
Rapaflo (silodosin) is an alpha-blocker similar to Uroxatral. Silodosin relaxes the muscles surrounding the prostate and bladder in order to allow urine to more freely pass through the urethra, and for the bladder to fully empty.
While silodosin and alfuzosin HCL perform the same function, they may react differently in each individual person. This is the exact reason that having multiple medications with different active ingredients that do the same thing is important. Furthermore, having medications to compete in the marketplace can help drive down the price over time.
In the United States, you can purchase a 30-day supply of Rapaflo for about $324.00 (about $10.80 per pill).
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can buy a 30-day supply of Rapaflo starting at about $140.00 (about $4.67 per pill).
Flomax capsules (tamsulosin) are another type of alpha-blocker used to treat BPH. Also known as Flomax SR capsules, this prostate medication shares similar properties of Jalyn, in that the active ingredient is found in both drugs.
Tamsulosin helps to release the muscles surrounding the prostate and bladder so that urine can pass more easily out of the body.
In the U.S., a 30-day supply of brand name Flomax costs about $330.00 (about $11.00 per pill).
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can purchase a 30-day supply of brand name Flomax for just $45.00 (about $1.50 per pill).
How to Save Money on Prostate Medication
Keep in mind that all of these medications are approved for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, which means that the condition is non-cancerous. None of these medications are approved to treat prostate cancer.
If you’re experiencing some or all of these symptoms, you’ll need to see your doctor in order to be diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, you shouldn’t have to worry whether or not you can afford your prostate medications.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can purchase both brand name and generic medications shipped straight to your door at a fraction of the price you’d normally pay. In fact, we have a lowest price guarantee — if you can find a lower price, all you have to do is tell us. We’ll beat it.
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