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Consumer Reports 'Best Buy Drug' for Enlarged Prostate Could Save Consumers Nearly $3,000 a Year
Date:6/15/2009

most commonly prescribed drugs in 2008 with 11 million prescriptions written.

"Flomax is just the latest in a series of drugs promoted as blockbusters that, in fact, create more sticker shock than anything else," says Santa. "The advertising appeal to middle aged men capitalizes on something all men want to avoid -- standing in a restroom line at a sporting event. But consumers who are savvy enough to see through these marketing strategies might find themselves with enough money to attend more sporting events rather than buying brand drugs."

Try Lifestyle Changes First; Then Drugs

Almost all men -- if they reach a certain age -- will develop an enlarged prostate, also known as Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, or BPH. The statistics are not precise, but about half of men of any age who have BPH will have symptoms that require attention and treatment that may involve taking one of the drugs evaluated in the report.

"This means that millions of men over the age of 50 are regularly taking drugs or using other treatment options to ease the symptoms of BPH," says Santa.

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs recommends trying lifestyle changes first, which can often provide relief. Those changes include going to the bathroom when you first feel the urge, reducing or eliminating intake of alcohol and caffeine, and limiting fluid intake before bedtime. If these don't bring relief, the next step is usually to consider medication.

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