Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Can be benign prostatic hyperplasia treated with scopolamine?
QUESTION: Can be benign prostatic hyperplasia treated with scopolamine?
: Hi there,
There are only two groups of drugs used for the treatment of BPH, which are alpha blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.
With regards to scopolamine, let me tell you that it is a muscarinic agonist, which means that it is not a part of the BPH treatment.
Besides, it is very important that you should not use Scopolamine if you have BPH, because this drug is able to aggravate the symptoms by causing severe urinary retention.
Because of this, you have to make a consultation with your doctor about the usage of scopolamine and to make him consider drug replacement. You have to know, that patients with BPH, like you, do not have to use muscarinic agonists at all. So if your doctor tries to prescribe you such drug, please remind him/her that you have BPH, which is contraindication of muscarinic agonist usage.
The stimulation of the M-receptors (muscarinic receptors) by scopolamine or other drug will stimulated the growth of your prostatic cells. This overstimulated growth will lead to severe prostate enlargement and we do not want this.
The usage of this drug may force you to visit the urologist for a prostate operation, but there is way to avoid this - by stop using this drug.
Next, although I am not sure why you are taking this drug exactly, I want to remind your that it is applied on patients with different conditions, but you have to know that every disease can be treated with different drugs.
Furthermore, I am also sure that there are other drugs, which can be very useful for you, so one more time, make an appointment with your doctor with the right drug replacement purpose.
Hope it helped!
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