Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blood Thinner Stops Clot from Enlarging

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blood Thinner Stops Clot from Enlarging

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Dear Dr. Donohue: If you have a blood clot, will Coumadin loosen it, so that particles will get to the brain to cause a stroke?

Coumadin is a blood thinner. It doesn't loosen blood clots. In fact, contrary to popular thought, it does not even dissolve a clot that has already formed. What it does do is to stop a formed clot from getting larger. The pieces that break off and bring about things like stroke are actually bits of newly attached clot material, the kind that Coumadin discourages.

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Dear Dr. Donohue: Can you provide me with information about the use of Hytrin for enlarged prostate gland. I'd also like a rundown drugs for it.

Hytrin (terazosin) is used primarily to control blood pressure, but sometimes it's used to relax prostate gland muscles and thus ease gland obstruction that may be hindering proper urination.

Other drugs? Proscar (finasteride) helps by blocking male hormone action, which can cause prostate enlargement. You have to use it for an extended period, sometimes for six months before the gland has shrunk enough to produce results. And you have to take it for life.

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Dear Dr. Donohue: I am 70, a male, and in a PSA study. Is there a relationship between prostate gland size and the PSA level?

PSA stands for prostate specific antigen, a substance in the blood that is measured to help diagnose possible prostate cancer. Yes, there are ways to relate the size of the prostate to the man's PSA level. …

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