How can I reduce the side effects of prostate seed implantation?

After your prostate seed implantation procedure (a procedure in which small radioactive "seeds" are implanted into your prostate gland), you may notice several symptoms. Here are some suggestions for lessening these symptoms:

Painful burning with voiding. For up to two weeks, you may notice a little blood and burning with voiding. Sometimes burning is associated with certain foods. Avoid:
  • Coffee, colas, chocolate and all drinks or foods with caffeine
  • Spicy and peppery foods
  • Citrate products (orange, grapefruit, pineapple, tomato)
  • Acids (vinegar and salad dressing)
  • Alcohol products
If diet changes do not help, and the burning is severe, you may get a medication called phenazopyridine (Azo-Standard, Prodium, Uristat, Urogesic, Pyridium) from your pharmacist without a prescription. Take one or two tablets every 8 hours only when needed. This medication will ease the burning when you urinate. Phenazopyridine will turn your urine an orange-yellow color.

Frequent need to urinate or slow stream. Take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 600 mg three times a day with food for five days in a row.
  • If your stomach becomes upset or you have severe heartburn, stop taking the ibuprofen.
  • Ibuprofen has an anti-inflammatory effect, which may help decrease prostate swelling.
  • You may repeat the five-day course of ibuprofen if necessary.
Severely slow stream or constant voiding of small amounts. Severely slow stream or constant voiding may mean the prostate is very swollen. A stronger medication may be needed. Call your doctor.

Voiding a lot at night. If you are getting up a lot at night to urinate, limit coffee and alcohol intake late in the day and do not drink anything after 6 p.m.

Not able to begin void. If you feel the urge, but are unable to void:
  • Drink more fluids.
  • Soak in a warm tub of water to relax the prostate and allow for voiding.
  • If you are unable to void for more than four hours and feel uncomfortable, go to the emergency department. You may need to have a catheter to temporarily relieve a blockage.

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