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Reviews for Rapaflo to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Review by Weirded out (taken for less than 1 month):
I was recommended to take Rapaflo due to a kidney stone my body was trying to pass, I took 1 pill & passed 2 stones in 2 days. That was wonderful, however not being told about the dry ejaculation freaked me completely out. I thought it just was broke for good now or that maybe another stone had lodged anything from coming out, haha but not really. Googled it and began to relax, but the other issue is my heart rate dropped so much I though my heart was broke too and in a real bad way. My energy level crashed and after a full nights rest had to lay down before heading out to work. And the stuffy nose was irritating to say the least. Lose stools, slight upset stomach but not bad and terrible leg cramps. It's been 2 days still same symptoms.
Been on 8mg of Rapaflo for five days. Diagnosed with moderate Benign Prostate Hyperplasia but a PSA score of 0.8. So we don't assume cancer. Rapaflo has worked well for me, increased flow, more complete emptying and a full night of sleep. Side effects were dry orgasm but no loss of sexual desire or capability and a stuffy nose/sinus-type headache easily managed with a routine OTC sinus medicine.
I have problem with frequent uriantion especially at night. I started taking Rapaflo with the following effects:
1- Urinary symptoms improved some what
2- No orgasm
3- No ejaculation
4- Stuffy nose
5- Muscle ache
So I decided to have frequent urination and I stopped taking Rapaflo.
I have a prostate infection with an enlarged prostate and urinary issues. I was given Flomax (30 days) initially with antibiotics but the Flomax made me dizzy and a bad stuffed up nose. I was then given Rapaflo to help treat the benign prostate hyperplasia and felt only a slight stuffy nose and of course the most common side effect no ejaculation. These side effects are common. This medication is important in treating BPH and infections. I now have no discomfort and urinate freely. I still have two weeks to go. I won't stop taking it until the 30 days are up per doctors orders.
For those people who are worried about the no ejaculation side effect, I have to say stick through and win the war. It will come back. Skipping or less sex for a month is worth it to get back to normal.
Review by MauiSteve2 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Tried Terazosin but failed due to lethargy. Next tried Flomax but failed due to extreme constant headache. Next Uroxatral which had fewer side effects aside from a bit of nasal congestion. Had some mild constant pelvic pain so Urologist suggested Rapaflo. Very low nasal, or lethargy side effects, but this medicine gave me retrograde ejaculation and took away most sex drive. This medicine would be fine if I were older and not having sex. But I am 50 and my girlfriend is starting to wonder.
12 users found this comment helpful.
I am 52 years old and after having difficulty with urinary flow, multiple bathroom trips per night , I finally went to the doctor for the dreaded check. After no serious issues were found, my doctor suggested Rapaflo. He forewarned me about the anejaculation, but said I would still have the sensation associated with ejaculation. After about a month, the sensation has ceased to exist.
I get better results with Rapaflo than Flomax. I have no ejaculate, which feels weird, but OK. It's dropped my BP about 10-15 pts, I'm a bit calmer, and its helped with some mild erectile dysfunction. So, it's a winner.
18 users found this comment helpful.
Urinary symptoms improved somewhat after a few days. I experienced dry orgasm after first dose, orgasm sensation slightly reduced. I stopped taking it for a week... ejaculation returned, but so did weakened flow and dribbling. I will start taking it again to get better flow. The lack of semen doesn't bother me all that much... we're not in the baby-making business anymore, anyway!
14 users found this comment helpful.
To make a long story short, Rapaflo worked, making it easier to urinate and cutting the frequency in half; However if you still enjoy Sex, well, there won't be any. You can forget having any meaningful ejaculation. After taking it for less than a week, there was absolutely no ejaculate. The frustration of trying to have sex is worst than the frequent urination to me. So if your not interested in Sex, it's a good drug and it works well, with little or no other side effects. I also tried Flowmax and it's merely a little brother to Rapaflo, with pronounced Dizziness and muscle fatigue. Neither is realistic for me. But give them a try, they make work better for you.
16 users found this comment helpful.
I'm 40 and was prescribed Rapaflo after blood flow to my groin was compromised due to hip alignment post accident. I was experiencing poor urine flow, pain, and erectile dysfunction symptoms. Within a couple of hours on Rapaflo my groin pain went away and blood flow increased. I have large long lasting erections, but no ejaculation and reduced orgasm. I've taken to cycling on and off Rapaflo, 3-4days on / a week to two off, so my ejaculations are only compromised for a couple of days, but the effects seem to last a couple of weeks.
16 users found this comment helpful.
Rapaflo will only relieve your symptoms for a short time and it relaxes smooth muscle. You have to take Avodart if you want to shrink the prostate and never have symptoms again. It takes time to work so take both medicines.. its worth it. It helped me.
16 users found this comment helpful.
I have a somewhat enlarged prostate and was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago following an initial biopsy. Three successive biopsies over the years have not shown any cancer. However, my bladder has apparently not been voiding as it should and after my last visit to my doctor I was put on a 14 day trial of Rapaflo. It has been moderately successful, but not so overwhelming that I think I will stay on it. I have had some slight dizziness...as well as no ejaculate and a slight decline in orgasm sensation! Since I am still in my mid-50s, I would like to continue to have sexual relations that include ejaculations and a more intense orgasm. I am assuming those sensations are a result of the Rapaflo.
26 users found this comment helpful.
GENTLEMEN, YOU HAVE TO SHRINK YOUR PROSTATE!!! I've used Rapaflo for abouts 6 months now. Stops my urethra infections and gives strong stream. Take it in combination with Avodart. I couldn't grip my penis good to pee straight, it was so small from lack of blood flow! Yes, there was retrograde ejaculation. However, you want to win the war (Reduced prostate size and maintenance) not a battle. I'm 60% better than I was.
30 users found this comment helpful.
Had very successful laser prostate surgery 3 years ago. Stream moderate but easy and consistent. Suddenly developed blood and clots in urine. Put on Rapaflo to be sure urination didn't stop and allow a large clot to become an obstruction. Next day, urination frequency increased dramatically, voiding only an ounce or two at a time. That night, up 8-10 times to pee only an ounce at a time. Took it again this morning but now I'm stopping it and see if regular and decent urination returns.
20 users found this comment helpful.
Given a sample of the 8mg dose. Flow improved dramatically after about 30 mins. Effect lasts 2-3 days. There does seem to be a meaningful reduction in ejaculate. Overall orgasm experience is somewhat less as a result. So, some tradeoff. In my case flow had become so poor it is one worth making. Rapaflo is expensive, so trying tamsulosin as an alternative now.
55 year old male with no other meaningful health issues.
29 users found this comment helpful.
Doctor did not warn about the dry ejaculate so I was really spooked that maybe my system had shut down until I googled about it. Otherwise, the medicine did exactly what was needed. I'm 48 and got a mysterious prostrate infection. I did have to be at home with a catheter for 3 days waiting for the Cipro to treat the infection and Rapaflo to let me pee. Apparently good results based on the time. I dropped my drawers for more strangers that week than anytime since college and was glad to do it.
35 users found this comment helpful.
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia for about 5 years. Flomax worked but horrible side effects (muscle aches,
dizzy, stomach pain, dreams) so switched to Rapaflo about 8 months ago, works very well on small tab of 4 mg, but some side effects, dry sex, lack of interests (which at 65 isn't that bad) so I quit medicine for 3 weeks but my flow is so
slow I developed infection, so then I start again for a month or so, but this time I am developing heart pain and stomach churning, gas. etc. with it so don't know whats
31 users found this comment helpful.
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