Alpha-Blockers for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
What To Think About
If you plan surgery for cataracts, make sure your doctors know that you take alpha-blockers. Some of these medicines have been linked to a problem called intra-operative floppy iris syndrome (IFIS).
Fewer side effects, especially low blood pressure when standing up suddenly, may occur if the drug is taken at bedtime.
Medicines used to treat Reference erection problems Opens New Window, such as sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra), or tadalafil (Cialis), may make dizziness or lightheadedness worse.
Alpha-blockers are sometimes used to treat high blood pressure too. But for some people, an alpha-blocker does not help with their high blood pressure or is not a good choice for other reasons. So even if you are taking an alpha-blocker for your BPH symptoms, you may have to take another medicine to control your high blood pressure.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology