Sildenafil citrate in combination with tamsulosin versus tamsulosin monotherapy for management of male lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

To assess the additive effect of sildenafil citrate to tamsulosin in the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (LUTS/BPH) in men with or without erectile dysfunction (ED).

In all, 150 men with untreated LUTS/BPH with or without ED were randomised to receive sildenafil 25 mg once daily (OD) or placebo OD (night time) combined with tamsulosin 0.4 mg OD (day time) for 6 months. Changes from pre-treatment scores in International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), IPSS-quality of life (QoL) score, maximum urinary flow rate (Qmax), and the five-item version of the International Index of Erectile Function questionnaire (IIEF-5) were assessed at 3 and 6 months. Safety profiles were assessed by physical examination and monitoring clinical adverse events.

Group A comprised of men who received tamsulosin and sildenafil (75 men), whilst those in Group B received tamsulosin and placebo (75). The IPSS was significantly improved in Group A compared to Group B, at -29.3% vs -13.7% (P = 0.039) at 3 months and -37% vs -19.6% (P = 0.043) at 6 months after treatment. Qmax significantly improved in both groups compared with before treatment (P < 0.001). The IIEF-5 scores improved more in Group A than in Group B, at 58.7% vs 11.7% at 3 months and 62.4% vs 12.4% at 6 months after treatment (both P < 0.001).

Sildenafil citrate combined with tamsulosin improved LUTS, erectile function, and patient QoL more than tamsulosin monotherapy with the merit of a comparable safety profile in patients with LUTS/BPH.

Arab journal of urology. 2016 Dec 29*** epublish ***

Amr Fawzi, Mostafa Kamel, Emad Salem, Esam Desoky, Mohamed Omran, Hazem Elgalaly, Ahmed Sakr, Aref Maarouf, Salem Khalil

Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.