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How to Stop BPH Medicine

01 Jan, 2024 | BPH |

Are you struggling with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and considering alternatives to medication? Medications for BPH are widely used but often have side effects that significantly affect one’s quality of life. Some men choose to move away from BPH medications, exploring alternative treatments that offer effective relief without the daily medication's downsides. Explore options for discontinuing the use of BPH medication with the expertise of Boise urologist Dr. Austen Slade.

Why Do Some Men Choose to Stop Taking BPH Medications?

For many men, the journey with BPH medications has many challenges. These medications, while beneficial, often come with a range of side effects that can detract from the overall quality of life. 

Common issues include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Sexual dysfunction

More alarming are the long-term risks associated with these medications, such as:

  • Dementia
  • Heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

Given these factors, along with the ongoing nature of medication, it's understandable why some men seek alternative treatments.


What BPH Treatments Allow You to Stop BPH Medication?

Several innovative treatments have emerged, offering relief from BPH symptoms while allowing men to discontinue their medications:

  • HoLEP (Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate): A minimally invasive procedure using laser energy to remove the obstructive part of the prostate. 
  • ReZum Water Vapor Therapy: An innovative and minimally invasive treatment using steam to eliminate excess prostate tissue. 
  • Optilume BPH Treatment: Involving a medication-coated balloon that widens the prostate, improving urination without affecting sexual function.


What Are the Results of HoLEP or ReZum?

HoLEP and ReZum have both shown promising results for the treatment of BPH. HoLEP, in particular, has shown that most patients can stop taking BPH medications immediately after the procedure. 98% of men never need medications or another treatment again.

Dr. Slade's use of the smallest and least invasive tools ensures quick recovery and reduced discomfort, such as the need for a catheter, during and after these procedures. His expertise, combined with the effectiveness of these treatments, offers patients the highest chance of long-term relief from BPH symptoms, potentially eliminating the need for medication permanently.

Contact Boise Urologist Dr. Slade to Stop BPH Medication

Dr. Austen Slade offers a path away from the continuous use of BPH medications. Trained under renowned urological experts James Lingeman, Marcelino Rivera, and Tim Large, Dr. Slade's expertise in advanced BPH treatments can help you regain control over your urinary health without the burden of daily medication. Contact Dr. Slade to make an appointment and start your journey toward a life free from BPH medication.