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Medications for BPH: Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors

There are several PDE5 inhibitors on the market today, including:
 
Most people are quite familiar with the use of these medications for treating impotence. However, one of these medications (Cialis) is also approved to treat BPH. Cialis does not shrink the prostate but can help reduce symptoms. It can be a particularly attractive option for men who have both BPH and erectile dysfunction.
  

Medications for BPH: Table

 
BPH Medications
Category
Therapeutic Effect
Generic Name
Brand Name
Alpha-blockers
Relax muscles near the prostate
prazosin
Cardura®
Flomax®
Hytrin®
Minipress®
5 alpha-reductase inhibitors
Slow prostate growth, shrink prostate
Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors
Relax muscles near the prostate       tadalafil
       Cialis®
 
 
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