Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) is common in older men. You may experience the following:

  • Weak urine stream.

  • Dribbling.

  • Feeling like the bladder has not emptied completely.

  • Difficulty starting urination.

  • Getting up frequently at night to urinate.

  • Urinating more frequently during the day.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Monitor your prostatic hyperplasia for any changes. The following actions may help to alleviate any discomfort you are experiencing:

  • Give yourself time when you urinate.

  • Stay away from alcohol.

  • Avoid beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and colas, because they can make the problem worse.

  • Avoid decongestants, antihistamines, and some prescription medicines that can make the problem worse.

  • Follow up with your health care provider for further treatment as recommended.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You are experiencing progressive difficulty voiding.

  • Your urine stream is progressively getting narrower.

  • You are awaking from sleep with the urge to void more frequently.

  • You are constantly feeling the need to void.

  • You experience loss of urine, especially in small amounts.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop increased pain with urination or are unable to urinate.

  • You develop severe abdominal pain, vomiting, a high fever, or fainting.

  • You develop back pain or blood in your urine.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.