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Painful or Frequent Urination in Men

Your symptoms could be caused by a prostate problem, although there could be other factors playing a role. For example, even a medication you've been taking for a while could cause trouble if your prostate has been enlarging over time.

Contact your doctor. You should have a medical evaluation.

If you have an enlarged prostate, there are a number of ways to handle the problem:

  • Use the bathroom well before the situation becomes urgent. Give yourself enough time to empty the bladder completely.

  • Don't drink fluids within a few hours of bedtime.

  • Limit alcohol intake. The current recommendation for men is no more than two alcoholic beverages per day.

  • Review your medications with your doctor, as diuretics, decongestants, certain antidepressants and many other drugs can worsen symptoms.

  • Consider medication treatment -- although mild symptoms may need no treatment, review the available treatment options with your doctor, including tamsulosin (Flomax), alfuzosin (UroXatral), doxazosin (Cardura), terazosin (Hytrin), finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart).

  • Consider surgery -- for severe symptoms, especially when medications do not work well, surgery may be recommended to remove prostate tissue.

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