Shari R. Fine, Phillip Ginsberg. Alpha-Adrenergic Receptor Antagonists in Older Patients With Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Issues and Potential Complications. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2008;108(7):333–337. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2008.108.7.333.
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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is highly prevalent in men older than 50 years and is associated with a range of lower urinary tract symptoms that may have a negative impact on patient quality of life. Alpha1-adrenergic receptor antagonists are the first-line of pharmacologic management for lower urinary tract symptoms associated with BPH. However, many patients take multiple medications that may exacerbate age-related orthostatic hypotension. Thus, clinicians should evaluate the treatment of these patients within the context of comorbidities. The present article discusses the role of non–subtype-selective and subtype-selective α1-adrenergic receptor antagonists in the clinical management of BPH. Safety and tolerability for both non–subtype-selective and subtype-selective α1-adrenergic receptor antagonists for patients with BPH are also reviewed.
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