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Medical therapy options for aging men with benign prostatic hyperplasia: focus on alfuzosin 10 mg once daily

Authors Roehrborn CG, Rosen RC

Published 12 September 2008 Volume 2008:3(3) Pages 511—524


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Claus G Roehrborn1, Raymond C Rosen2

1Department of Urology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA; 2New England Research Institutes, Watertown, MA, USA

Abstract: Lower urinary tract symptoms suggestive of benign prostatic hyperplasia (LUTS/BPH) are common in aging men and can significantly affect quality of life. Men with bothersome LUTS/BPH often present with various other age-related conditions, including sexual dysfunction, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome, which can complicate management decisions. Therefore, healthcare providers should be familiar with first-line treatment options for LUTS/BPH and their differing safety profiles, particularly with respect to cardiovascular and sexual function side effects. This article presents a review of first-line medical therapy options for managing aging men with LUTS/BPH and patient considerations when evaluating and selecting these therapies, with a focus on the clinical efficacy and cardiovascular and sexual function safety profiles of the uroselective α1-adrenergic receptor antagonist alfuzosin 10 mg once daily. Alfuzosin improves LUTS, peak urinary flow rates, and disease-specific quality of life, reduces the long-term risk of overall BPH progression, and is well tolerated in aging men, with minimal vasodilatory and sexual function side effects, even in those with comorbidities. Alfuzosin is well tolerated when used in combination with antihypertensive medications and phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The long-term clinical efficacy and good cardiovascular and sexual function safety profile of alfuzosin can contribute to an improved quality of life for aging men with LUTS/BPH.

Keywords: alfuzosin, lower urinary tract symptoms, benign prostatic hyperplasia, aging, cardiovascular system, sexual function

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