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Enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia affects over half of US men over 50 years old and 90% of men by the time they reach 80. If the condition is untreated, symptoms may deteriorate and surgery may ultimately be necessary. Untreated, the condition may in rare cases also cause kidney or bladder damage. A survey reported that only 10% of undiagnosed men new what the signs and symptoms of enlarged prostate were. Also, of those who had surgery for their condition were not told that the need for surgery may have been avoided with appropriate medication. Symptoms of enlarged prostate can vary and may include frequent urination, urgent urination, weak urine stream, interrupted urine stream and frequent nighttime urination. The most common treatment drug is Avodart which alleviates symptoms and reduces the risk of needing surgery. However, it usually takes at least 3 months to take effect. Side effects are rare but may include sexual problems, breast tenderness and breast swelling. Avodart should not be consumed by women or children and pregnant or potentially pregnant women should avoid even handling the drug. Men who take the drug shouldn't donate blood for at least 6 months after ceasing treatment. Avodart should not be used by people with liver disease.
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About: Enlarged prostate symptoms unknown to many men
Date: 11 January 2005
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