Are all α-blockers created equal? An update

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α-Receptor blockers, used to treat lower urinary tract symptoms, exert effects on areas of the body other than the prostate where α-receptors are located, including the blood vessels and the central nervous system. α-Receptors in the central and peripheral nervous system may be involved in bladder activation. α1a-Receptors are the appropriate target in men with obstructive symptoms, although α1d-receptors may also be important in patients with irritative symptoms. There is conflicting evidence about the selectivity of α-blockers. Clinical trials of these agents do not necessarily reflect results observed in animal and laboratory studies on uroselectivity. The few published comparator studies of α-blockers indicate similar efficacies, although side-effect profiles differ somewhat. Randomized, controlled studies of different α-blockers with sufficient power to detect differences in side effects between agents are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-6
Number of pages4
Issue number2 SUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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  • Urology

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