Needs advice for enlarged prostate (2)-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
(Foreword: This is our continuation of our response to the letter from Satish Sharma -- regarding his prostate problem and the supplements and other pieces of advice he wanted -- to include his other conditions -- osteoporosis and hypertension.)
DEAR Satish Sharma,
Now, we continue with our journey. We left of the last time with alendronate. This is for your osteoporosis. Now, let's take a look at it in on more details.
Alendronate should be taken with a full glass of about six to eight ounces of water and be sure you only use plain water (not mineral water). Do not ever crush, chew or suck the tablet. Swallow the tablet as a whole. After you take it, be sure you follow the following instructions:
• Do not lie down or recline for at least 30 minutes.
• Do not eat or drink anything other than plain water.
• Do not take any other medicines including vitamins, calcium, or antacids for at least 30 minutes. It may be best to take your other medicines at a different time of the day. Of course, you can talk with your doctor about the best dosing schedule for your other medicines.
I suggest that you have your bone mineral density tested on a regular basis -- to check if this is helping your osteoporosis. You may need to take this medicine for longer than three to five years, so it is important that you see your doctor regularly.
However, should you need some dental works in the future; you have to tell your dentist about it because you may need to stop this medication for a short time.
Now, for the Diacerein you are taking, I just wanted to ask if you are also suffering from osteoarthritis, since this medicine is for this arthritic condition. If so, you can take this at 50 mg twice a day -- after meals for three years or more. However, if you have history of liver or kidney disease, you should exert caution with this medicine. I also suggest that your blood count, liver function and urinalysis should be regularly monitored while you are taking this medicine.
I am sure that along with the calcium and vitamin supplements you are taking, and your diet and exercise routine, you are on your way to victory with your fight with osteoporosis.
Now, let's get to your prostate problem. First, we talk of the dietary factors which may help your prostate situation. There are some small studies which showed that if you avoid alcohol, coffee and other fluids after the evening meal, this may benefit your prostate. So, I hope you can give it a try and see for yourself.
Then, of course, the food supplements you need for your prostate. But, as there are still a lot of issues to take up here regarding your situation as we pick them up piece per piece and we're running out of space this time, then, please allow me to continue this topic on the next issue of my column.
(For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar Davao, Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto Street, Davao City or you e-mail them to email@example.com)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 27, 2013.