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Effect of naftopidil on urethral obstruction in benign prostatic hyperplasia: assessment by urodynamic studies.

Thirty-two patients with voiding dysfunction attributable to symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia were treated with naftopidil, an alpha 1-blocker, at doses of 25-75 mg/day for 4-6 weeks. The efficacy of the drug was assessed from the changes in urinary symptoms and urodynamic data. Total symptom scores were significantly reduced after treatment (P < 0.001). Average flow rate and maximum flow rate were significantly increased (P < 0.001 and P < 0.001, respectively), and residual urine volume, residual urine rate (ratio of residual urine volume/sum of voided volume and residual urine volume), and maximum urethral closure pressure were significantly (P < 0.05, P < 0.01, and P < 0.05, respectively) reduced, and at bladder capacity, the first desire to void was significantly (P < 0.05) increased. The pressure/flow study demonstrated no changes in intravesical pressure at maximum flow, but a significant (P < 0.05) reduction in minimum urethral resistance. A mild side effect (dizziness) was noted in one patient (3.3%), which soon disappeared after the dose was decreased. The efficacy was good or excellent in 21 of 30 patients (70.0%). The drug was evaluated to be promising in the treatment of bladder outlet obstruction due to benign prostatic hyperplasia.[1]


  1. Effect of naftopidil on urethral obstruction in benign prostatic hyperplasia: assessment by urodynamic studies. Yasuda, K., Yamanishi, T., Tojo, M., Nagashima, K., Akimoto, S., Shimazaki, J. Prostate (1994) [Pubmed]
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