Certain cold, flu and allergy medicines contain decongestants and antihistamines. Both ingredients work to relieve cold and flu symptoms, but they aggravate the enlarged prostate issue. Dr. Gregory T. Bales, a urologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center, says these two ingredients in common cold and flu medications restrict urine flow and cause the body to retain urine when taken by a man who has prostate problems.
Men who have an enlarged prostate often have to urinate every hour around the clock. Taking cold and flu medications that contain either or both an antihistamine and decongestant can slow the flow down to a trickle or dry it up altogether. Men who find themselves in this position often don’t seek medical attention because they assume the issue will work itself out.
Dangerous thinking and a dangerous position to be in.
If you have prostate problems and take a prescribed or over-the-counter cold or flu medicine then fail to urinate within a six hour time frame, it’s time to go to the emergency room as Lambraho discovered recently. A catheter will be put in place to drain the urine, relieve the pain and protect bladder health.