Hay fever and FloMax!

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NutmegCT
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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 4/24/2011 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm taking FloMax .4mg 2/day for urinary issues following my 2/1/11 seed implant.

Went out today to do some yard work. First time it's been sunny and 70 in New England for quite a while.

Now I've got my usual springtime hay fever symptoms.

I used to take loratadine (Claritin) for this, but notice on the bottle it says "may cause urinary retention".

So ... not wanting to counter-act my FloMax ... any suggestions on what can be taken when you're already taking something to prevent urinary retention issues?

Thanks.
Tom in CT
Age 62, Biopsy September 2010.
PSA 4.8, Gleason 3+3, Stage T1c, 4/12 positive cores at 10-40%.
Palladium 103 implant February 1, 2011.

erbob
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   Posted 4/24/2011 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
The use of some of the allergy (over the counter) medications "MAY" possibly cause some urine retention. I had brachy almost eleven months ago and had a catheter poked into me for a volume study and although it was really not that bad, I rather not have the need for another one. So many of the OTC meds usually caution us not to use if we have an enlarged prostate. Since I'd rather take no chance of having to go to out local hospital for another tube stuck up the old pee wee, I called my Uro Doc and asked him what he suggests I could take that would work and still lessen the chance of retention. He indicated that he, himself, takes a nasal spray such as Afrin. My allergies have currently subsided enough that I'm not taking any meds for runny nose and things associated with allergies. The nasal spray that I use when needed, I bought "No drip nasal spray" at our local Walmart under the Equate brand on which the box shows "Compare to Afrin - no drip original active ingredient". Works for me.

NutmegCT
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   Posted 4/24/2011 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bob. I share the same feeling about "unexpected trip to the ER".

I'll ask my urologist about Alfrin tomorrow. I checked their website and they say to alert your doctor if you have any prostate problems. Sounds like it's an pro/con situation. I'm seriously considering just wearing a face mask.

Thanks.
Tom in CT
Age 62, Biopsy September 2010.
PSA 4.8, Gleason 3+3, Stage T1c, 4/12 positive cores at 10-40%.
Palladium 103 implant February 1, 2011.
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