Tamsulosin oral controlled absorption system (OCAS) in the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy
Mischel G Neill, Rohan Shahani, Alexandre R Zlotta
Division of Urology, Department of Surgical Oncology, Princess Margaret and Mount Sinai Hospitals, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Abstract: The efficacy of tamsulosin at the cost of a relatively benign side effect profile has been attributed to receptor selectivity directed at the α1a and α1d adrenergic receptor subtypes. The oral-controlled absorption system (OCAS®) represents a drug delivery refinement that incorporates a matrix of gel-forming and gel-enhancing agents to promote a constant drug release independent of environmental food or fluid. There are clinical data to support the concept that drug peaks are lessened and that drug release continues throughout the alimentary tract due to the OCAS formulation. Furthermore this equates with less adverse effects on physiologic parameters. To date however improvements in cardiovascular symptoms such as dizziness, headache and syncope have not been demonstrated in healthy men. Ejaculatory dysfunction appears less problematic with the OCAS preparation. Tamsulosin OCAS may be of greatest benefit to men with cardiovascular co-morbidities taking anti-hypertensive medications that might predispose them to symptomatic hypotensive episodes. It will be necessary to evaluate this group of men more closely in further trials to determine what they stand to gain from changing medications, and then relate this to drug costs to draw a final conclusion as to the place of tamsulosin OCAS in contemporary urological practice.
Keywords: lower urinary tract symptoms, benign prostatic hyperplasia, tamsulosin OCAS, safety, efficacy, tolerability
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