PROSTATE

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men in Ireland. It occurs when cells in the prostate gland reproduce quicker than normal, resulting in a tumour.

Prescription Prostate Medications

Our pharmacy stock the four commonly prescribed prostate medications. 

Prescription Pricing Information

A valid prescription is required before we supply any prescription medications. For tablets & capsules, a one month supply is 28 days. All of our prices are for generic versions of the medications listed. For branded products, please contact us for prices.

Medicines for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Finasteride 5mg

Proscar

Finasteride reduces the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes enlargement of the prostate gland.

1 month
€14.95
€14.95 / mo
3 month
€29.85
€9.95 / mo
6 month
€47.70
€7.95 / mo

Dutasteride 0.5mg

Avodart

Dutasteride reduces the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes enlargement of the prostate gland.

1 month
€9.95
€9.95 / mo
3 month
€23.85
€7.95 / mo
6 month
€35.70
€5.95 / mo

Dutasteride 0.5mg & Tamsulosin 400mcg

Combodart

Dutasteride reduces the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes enlargement of the prostate gland. Tamsulosin relaxes the muscle in the urinary tract making it easier to urinate.

1 month
€9.95
€9.95 / mo
3 month
€23.85
€7.95 / mo
6 month
€35.70
€5.95 / mo

Tamsulosin 400mcg

Omnexel

Tamsulosin relaxes the muscle in the urinary tract making it easier to urinate.

1 month
€9.95
€9.95 / mo
3 month
€17.85
€5.95 / mo
6 month
€29.70
€4.95 / mo

Medicines for Prostate Cancer

Bicalutamide 50mg

Casodex

Bicalutamide block androgen receptors in the body preventing testosterone & DHT exdrting any effects on the prostate gland.

1 month
€9.95

About Prostate Cancer

What are the symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

  • A need to urinate more frequently, especially at night
  • A weak flow when you urinate
  • Difficulty starting to urinate
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

There is no national screening programme for prostate cancer in Ireland because it is believed that testing healthy men who are not experiencing any symptoms of prostate cancer can be risky. We recommend that once men reach 50 to speak to their doctor about the pros and cons of a prostate cancer screening and their preferences.

Prostate Cancer Treatments 

The best treatment for you will depend on

    • The stage and grade of your cancer
    • Your PSA level
    • If you have urinary symptoms or not
    • The size of your prostate gland

Option 1: Active Surveillance

Your doctor may recommend active surveillance which is a way of monitoring low-grade prostate cancer, rather than treating it right away. It is usually recommended when the cancer is slow-growing, no symptoms are occurring and the cancer is contained in a small area of the prostate.

Active surveillance involves having regular PSA tests, MRI scans and sometimes biopsies to check on the cancer. If these tests reveal the cancer may be growing, you will then discuss treatment options. Most of the time men do not need to get further treatment.

Option 2: Watchful Waiting

Watchful waiting is usually recommended to men who have health conditions that make other treatments unsuitable or to older men when the cancer is unlikely to affect their lifespan. The doctors will do PSA tests to keep an eye on the cancer over the long term. If the tests show the cancer is progressing, hormone medication is usually used.

Option 3: Surgery (Radical Prostatectomy)

Radical Prostatectomy involves the surgical removal of the prostate gland. It is an option when the prostate cancer is confined to the prostate.

Option 4: Hormone Therapy

Prostate cancer cells depend on testosterone to help them grow. Hormone therapy comes in the form of tablets or injections that reduce stops the body from producing the male hormone testosterone. Hormone therapy is used to treat and shrink advanced prostate cancer or alongside radiotherapy in early stages.

Option 5: Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is an option when the cancer is confined to the prostate. You will usually have sessions 5 days a week for several weeks.

External Beam Radiation uses high energy x-ray beams to kill the cancer cells.

Brachytherapy (internal radiotherapy) works by putting a radioactive source into your prostate to kill the cancer cells.

Option 6: Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is used to treat prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

Switching to Healthwave

Your prescription

To start using Healthwave for prescriptions we’ll need your prescription sent to us. Prescriptions can now be sent electronically by your hospital, GP or online doctor.

Doctors and pharmacies now use a system called Healthmail to exchange prescriptions digitally.

Our Healthmail address is healthwave.dundrum@healthwave.ie

Creating your order

If you have a prescription with us, the quickest way to place an order is to use our digital assistant. The assistant will collect your details for our pharmacists to review. Our pharmacists will contact you and arrange delivery. You will then receive a payment link where you can securely pay online.

 

Creating your order

If you have a prescription with us, the quickest way to place an order is to use our digital assistant. The assistant will collect your details for our pharmacists to review. Our pharmacists will contact you and arrange delivery. You will then receive a payment link where you can securely pay online.

Nationwide Delivery

We deliver to all addresses in The Republic of Ireland, to both home and work/office locations. Once we have your prescription from your GP, your medications will be checked by our pharmacists and dispatched for next day delivery. We cannot ship prescription medications outside of Ireland due to regulations.

Discrete Packaging

All of our medication orders are sent in discreet packaging without any Healthwave branding on the outside. We use double walled cardboard boxes to protect your medications as well as specialised cold-chain packaging for fridge items.

Pharmacists at hand

With Healthwave, you have your very own personal pharmacist in your pocket. If you need any help or advice on your medications, our team of pharmacists is available by phone call, text message and email whenever you need.

Help & Support

The Irish Cancer Society is a great resource where you will find helpful information and support.