Erectile dysfunction drug also may ease BPH symptoms

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

A study by Northwestern University Medical School researchers, reported in April 2007, provides further evidence that erectile dysfunction drugs may also alleviate urinary symptoms in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The study involved 281 men who were randomly assigned to take low doses of tadalafil (Cialis) or a placebo for 12 weeks. The researchers found that the men who took tadalafil, starting at 5 mg daily for six weeks, then increasing the dose to 20 mg daily for another six weeks, experienced significant improvement in urinary and other symptoms of BPH.

Although further research is needed, studies of other erectile dysfunction drugs have also had promising results. If you are interested in exploring this option for BPH treatment, talk with your doctor.

Source: McVary KT, Roehrborn CG, Kaminetsky JC, et al. Tadalafil Relieves Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Secondary to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Journal of Urology 2007;177:1401–7. PMID: 17382741.

Originally published July 1, 2007; Last reviewed April 18, 2011

Comments:

  1. Edward

    I’m 52 years old.I did get relief by taking a herbal medicine called Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill . Maybe it can relieve your symptoms too.

  2. kamil el rantise

    Dear sirs
    I am 70 years old
    and I have BPH WERE I AM GOING TIMS TO URNIT IN NIGHTALSO I MHAVE ROUGNESS IN MY BOTH KNEES AND BOW CURVE IN MY LEGES

  3. gary hench

    I’m heading to Hackensack M.C. for P.A.E. procedure to enlarged prostate. Finesteride and Tamsulosin have not helped at all and are of no consequence in helping with B.P.H.; and side effects of both drugs suck.
    Sometime, chelated Zinc, taken daily, can help with evacuation of urine but personally, I’m totally beyond the vitamin, supplements, saw palmetto, etc., remidies. It’s either P.A.E. of invasive surgery.

  4. jerry

    Im thinking, actually planning to have the green light therapy procedure done. My prostate is 30% enlarged but my situation seems to be unique in that i retain urine. My last ultra sound revealed 66o milliliters of urine. There has been no bacteria or infection found in my samples. I have no discomfort, take rapiflow to help with elimination. What else can one do? Does viagra and cialis work? I have tried vitamins, internet supplements, saw palmetto and Dr. Winston’s remedies. nothing seems to work or it is cost prohibitive. What else.

    Thank you

  5. jerry

    typo, insurance will not cover viagra or cialis. my doctor has run out of samples.Are there generic for theses two drugs?

  6. jerry

    insurnance will not pay for Cialis.

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