, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 30-35
Date: 01 Mar 2004

The role of 5-α-reductase inhibition as monotherapy in view of the MTOPS data

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Medical treatment for the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) consists of α blockers and 5-α -reductase inhibitors. Data suggest that 5-α -reductase inhibitors can prevent progression of BPH and reduce the risk of BPH-related surgery, especially in men with large-volume prostates. Results from the largest randomized, prospective, placebo-controlled trial, the Medical Therapy of Prostatic Symptoms trial, have been presented. These results support the notion of using 5-α-reductase inhibitors for the prevention of BPH progression and BPH-related surgery. Furthermore, long-term 5-α -reductase inhibitor monotherapy, although slow in onset, is a viable therapy for symptom relief in men with mild to moderate symptoms.