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How do you treat an enlarged prostate?

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How your doctor handles it depends on things like your age and how much trouble it’s causing. They may suggest:

  • Watchful waiting
  • Cutting back on how much you drink at night and before bedtime, especially alcohol and caffeine
  • Medicine, including alpha-blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs)
  • Surgery

SOURCES:

U.S. Food & Drug Administration website.

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer."

UrologyHealth.org: "Adult Conditions: Prostate," "BPH Treatment."

Urological Science Research Foundation.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on November 18, 2020

SOURCES:

U.S. Food & Drug Administration website.

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer."

UrologyHealth.org: "Adult Conditions: Prostate," "BPH Treatment."

Urological Science Research Foundation.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on November 18, 2020

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