National Geographic : 1995 Apr
Ifyour doctor says you've got symptomatic benign prostate enlargement, help can be inthe palm of your hand. Many men mistakenly believe that an enlarged prostate is treated the same way for all men. But today there are more options than ever. By speaking frankly about your symptoms, you and your doctor can decide what is appropriate for you. Is this you? Yes No Do you get up more than once or twice a night to urinate? DO Do you often have sudden, uncontrollable urges to urinate? DO Do you have a hesitant or slow urine stream? IDi Do you have a frequent need to urinate? D[ Ifyou answered yes to even one question, tell your doctor. Your symp toms may be caused by a condition called benign prostate enlargement (BPH). But remember, only a doctor can evaluate your symptoms and their possible causes. While BPHis not cancer and does not lead to cancer, the two conditions can exist at the same time. Symptomatic BPH can be treated in several ways. In addition to surgery and monitoring the condition with regular checkups, now your doctor has oral prescription medicines. One oral medicine is PROSCAR, the only medicine for the treatment of symptomatic BPH that can shrink the prostate. PROSCAR works by blocking a hormone that can cause the prostate to enlarge. But it is important to know: PROSCAR doesn't work for everyone. Although the prostate may shrink, there may not be an improvement in urinarysymptoms. However, in clinicalstudies with PROSCAR, some men have seen (The prostat an improvement in their urinarysymptoms after of the ureth 2 weeks. Others have found that PROSCAR took up BLADDER the tube thL to severalmonths to help them. Because all men are RSTATE arres rn PROSTATE the bladder different, you and your doctor will need to determine URETHA prostateen how PROSCAR is working for you. - it can sque RECTUM urethraan Today you don't have to live with the discomfort of j y urinaryyproblems symptomatic BPH. Ask your family doctor or a urologist if PROSCAR is right for you. For free information that will help you discuss your symptoms with your doctor, call 1-800-770-4825. c MERCK For the treatmentof symptomatic BPH PROSCAR @g (FINASTERIDE) The only medicine that can shrink the prostate. 1994, Mercko., Inc. All rights reserved. Please see the patient information on the next page. J4PO47R(302)V13-MKP4091-4825 e ,art ira, at nefrom As the larges, eze the dcause .