5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Why It Is Used
5-alpha reductase inhibitors are used to keep symptoms of BPH from getting worse. They are also used to reduce the risk of being unable to urinate (urinary retention) and to prevent surgery for BPH.
5-alpha reductase inhibitors are also used to treat the symptom of blood in the urine because of BPH.
5-alpha reductase inhibitors are not recommended for men who have BPH symptoms without a noticeably enlarged prostate. 5-alpha reductase inhibitors may be prescribed for men who have bothersome, moderate symptoms of BPH.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology