Avodart + Flomax + herbal and homeopathic for BPH

rekall Community Member May 17, 2009
  • Hello,
    What specific dangers, if any, are involved with mixing Avodart
    + Flomax {prescription medicines for BPH which I am currently taking for about a year now} with natural {herbal} and homeopathic prostate remedies and herbs {which I have also been using hopefully to improve results}?
    Was in the hospital in April 2008 for what was diagnosed as 'obstructive uropathy' and they convinced me of the necessity of inserting a folley catheter {was retaining well over a liter of urine} {creatinine was over 6 {renal failure} and there was anemia; Since then blood tests are much closer to normal but blood counts are still a little low and creatinin is a little high}

    When they first removed the catheter a month later I could not void at all. I got them to give me prescription to avodart and a few months later was able to void small amounts but not sufficient. They have already done a biopsy which showed 'atrophy' and 'chronic mild prostatitis but no cancer.
    On November 18, 2008 sonogram of kidneys showed hydronephrosis {renal failure} had resolved and no shadowing calculi observed; It also showed 'prominent prostatic hypertrophy {'prostatic gland is estimated to measure at least 7 x 4 cm in maximum tansverse dimensions'}. The cystoscope done last month showed 'very large prostate with large medium lobe'; 'IMPRESSION: Large prostate with {large} medium lobe and floppy {neurogenic} bladder'.
    The doctor who did the cystoscope wanted me to have a TURP but stated that I still may have to use self intermittent catherization because of the floppy bladder. I do not want TURP and would consider laser, microwave or radio frequency but my insurance with these clinics will only cover TURP.
    In the meantime I am scheduled to see nephrologist in a couple of weeks and nurse told me to come in for voiding trial when I feel like it. Avodart claims efficacy for up to 2 years and if the next voiding trial shows any progress I am considering using intermittent self catheriztion instead of leaving that indwelling folley catheter which another doctor had suggested is part of the problem {he said I have gotten used to the catheter and that is part of the voiding problem when it is removed}. The catheter I am on is with a removable plug on end and with it I seem to void normally {through the catheter}. Do you believe intermittent self catherization could help my problem while I am waiting for the Avodart, Flomax, and assorted natural remedies to be effective {hopefully}?
      Anyone else have a similar problem? Were they able to resolve it without surgery? And the original question: What specific dangers, if any, are involved with mixing Avodart
    + Flomax {prescription medicines for BPH which I am currently taking for about a year now} with natural {herbal} and homeopathic prostate remedies and herbs {which I have also been using hopefully to improve results}?
    Thanks,
    PS: Also I developed inguinal hernia apparently in reaction to the antibiotic they put me on on the assumption that there was a urinary tract infection when they first removed catheter and the resultant gas attack from antibiotic led me back to hospital and cat scan showed hernia which then began to show a month later. Urologist says it is not affecting voiding porblem. Hernia doctor says it doesn't help. Anyone know anything about the effect of inguinal hernias on BPH and/or voiding problems.

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