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What are the side effects of alpha blockers used in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?

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Alpha blockers affect your blood pressure. They can make you feel very tired and may cause:

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Low blood pressure

They also may give you “retrograde ejaculation.” It makes your sperm go backward into your bladder instead of out through your penis. It’s harmless. But you won’t see sperm when you ejaculate. Keep that in mind if you plan to have children.

SOURCES:

PubMed: “Various treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia: A current update.”

Mayo Clinic: “Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).”

Johns Hopkins: “Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.”

Urology Care Foundation: “Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).”

Merck, “Highlights of Prescribing Information: Propecia.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Alpha-Blocker Patient Advisory ASCRS and AAO Information Statement.”

NHS: “Treating Benign Prostate Enlargement.”

NIH, National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.”

Medscape: “Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy Treatment & Management.”

FDA: “Questions and Answers for Cialis (tadalafil).

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on November 18, 2020

SOURCES:

PubMed: “Various treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia: A current update.”

Mayo Clinic: “Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).”

Johns Hopkins: “Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.”

Urology Care Foundation: “Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).”

Merck, “Highlights of Prescribing Information: Propecia.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Alpha-Blocker Patient Advisory ASCRS and AAO Information Statement.”

NHS: “Treating Benign Prostate Enlargement.”

NIH, National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.”

Medscape: “Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy Treatment & Management.”

FDA: “Questions and Answers for Cialis (tadalafil).

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on November 18, 2020

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