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Vitamin D Better Than Flomax???

I can't use Flomax or other alpha blockers due to side effects -- disturbed sleep.  Uroxatral even caused me to sleepwalk 15 feet from a nap on the sofa one evening, waking when I fell flat on my face in the next room!  Separately, due to a Vitamin D deficiency my doc found, he put me on 50,000 units Vitamin D per week for 8 weeks, followed by biweekly doses.  And guess what...the Vitamin D almost instantly "cured" the BPH.  I've seen that Vitamin D can affect the growth of prostate cells over the long term, but this worked as quickly (and about as well) as Flomax.  (FYI: I'm diabetic and overweight, taking metformin, Byetta, lisinopril, HCTZ, gabapentin, lovastatin and Lantus).  Is this normal? Any comments?
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Hi,

Vitamin D has anticancer and immunomodulatory activity among its range of actions.

Individuals with liver disease, intestinal malabsorption, and on certain drug therapy are prone to developing vit D deficiency.

It is possible that your immediate response to the supplementation is an indication of the acute deficiency you were suffering from.

The daily recommended dose is 40,000 IU.

This vitamin has also been studied and reported as having provided protection against prostate cancer and in reducing BPH.

So, it is also possible that the supplementation had some effect on reducing symptoms of BPH.

Do keep us posted on your doubts and progress.
regards,

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The Flomax-like effect of the 50,000 IU biweekly dose of Vitamin D seems to taper off about day 12 or 13 of the two-week cycle.  When I see my doc (an endocrinologist) in 3 weeks, I plan to explain all this and ask if the Vitamin D dose can somehow be split into weekly doses or doubled up to 50,000 IU weekly.  (The lab order he gave me for use a week or so before this coming appointment includes a Vitamin D blood test, so he'll have the info he needs to make this judgement.)
By the way, isn't the recommended daily dose 400 IU, not 40,000?

Gary
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Hi,

I am sorry for not being very clear with what I meant by the daily recommended dose there. In individuals with deficiency, a daily dose of 50,000 IU (single capsule) is prescribed until blood levels normalize to about 80 nmol/l in individuals with blood levels less than 12 nmol/l (5 ng/ml).

The regimen for treatment of vitamin D deficiency, concurrent with prostate problems, can consist of 50,000 IU bi-weekly or weekly doses followed by a tapering to fortnightly doses.

Reducing the frequency of the dosage will be decided upon by your doctor after evaluating your blood level of vitamin D. Also individuals with disease of the gall bladder or other underlying disease should have these levels corrected slowly to avoid symptoms of irritation.

The daily recommended dose for normal supplementation (in the absence of deficiency) used to be 400 IU, but this dose has been found to be inadequate in certain populations and regions and has been altered to 700 IU and up to 2000 IU can safely be taken daily.

If you have been responding well to the current regimen you are on, there is no need to step-up the dose.

regards,
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Is it possible to have bph at 46 years old?I am being treated for prostatitits/cpps for the last 1.5 years.I notice my urine stream is weaker than it has been in the past,and my ejaculation is weak as well.my question is can bph and prostatitits cause the same symptoms
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