Finasteride (Proscar) or Flomax?
I'm not even sure I'm posting in the right place. I'm just beginning to research all this and am not happy with the results and/or options not to mention the mixed results for various treatments thus far. I saw a post somewhere in here that said "Do not see a regular doctor about these problems, go to a Urologist." I think I'm beginning to see that and am planning on switching to a Urologist. My regular Doctor just doesn't seem to know much about it. I think he's Googling it while we talk. When he took me off Flomax thinking it was the culprit behind the disappearing Libido, he told me the Finasteride had no such risks, and I found out quite the opposite. Not only that, but you could actually cut the Flomax dose in half and add a sexual stimulant, but not with Finasteride.
At 60, last year, I began the urge to pee frequently, and never really finish the process. Urine was dark and difficult so I went to a clinic for blood test and was diagnosed with a UTI, prescribed medication, took it and all seemed well. I guess I was so relieved to be able to pee freely, I didn't really notice that there remained, probably a gradual increase in the need to pee more frequently over the next year. Eventually waking up 4 or 5 times per night. Finally when it became near impossible and painful to pee, once again I went to a different doctor who said it was NOT a UTI but an enlarged prostate (Prostatitis). He too prescribed some type of anti-biotic or something for the infection, did a prostate exam and prescribed Flomax also.
I took these for 14 days and within 4 days had noticed improvement and pretty much normal flow again. But my sexual drive and ejaculation ability is gone. I don't know whether this is from the disease or the cure, but I stopped Flomax with his OK a few days ago and hoping to see improvements. In the meantime, he has prescribed Finasteride (Proscar) instead to shrink the size of the enlarged prostate. However, after experiencing the loss of any sexual ability and reading about all the possible side effects of this, (enlarged breasts?) I have so far avoided taking it and started researching alternatives. I have a actually talked to a couple of people who claim that they too dropped the prescribed drugs and started taking Saw Palmetto, Pygeum, Stinging Nettle and Cranberry and have noticeable improvements in frequent and complete urination. Most say their sex drives came back within 2 weeks after dropping Flomax, so I'm praying for that, and hopefully to see that these alternative supplements handle my problem too. Not sure about what will actually shrink the Prostate but I'm weighing the options in the meantime and hoping that no infections come back. Twice in a little over a year.
Anyway, not sure if this is helpful, but wanted to get into the discussions about it.