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Urol Ann. 2019 Jul-Sep;11(3):294-297. doi: 10.4103/UA.UA_57_18.

Predictive value of the immediate effect of first dose of tamsulosin on lower urinary tract symptoms improvement in benign prostatic hyperplasia patients.

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Department of Urology, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef, Egypt.
Department of Urology, Fayoum University, Fayoum, Egypt.



The objective is to study the effect of tamsulosin within hours after the first dose and its prediction of the future improvement of LUTS.

Materials and Methods:

From May 2016 until August 2017, 340 patients aged over 40 years with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)-related symptoms were prospectively enrolled; 0.4 mg tamsulosin for 3 months was given. The first visit was before beginning of tamsulosin; uroflowmetry (UFM), postvoid residual urine volume (PVR), international prostate symptom score (IPSS), and quality of life (QoL) were measured. The second visit was after 6 h from the administration of tamsulosin. UFM and PVR were measured. The third visit was after 1 month and the fourth visit was after 3 months, on which UFM, PVR, IPSS, and QoL were also measured.


The mean patients' age was 63 ± 6.18 and the mean prostate volume was 52.23 ± 24.59 cc. The mean Qmax at 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th visits was 10.28 ± 3.06 s, 14.58 ± 4.84 s, 14.46 ± 4.94 s, and 14.28 ± 5.07 s, respectively, P = 0.04. The mean voiding time at 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th visits was 41.24 ± 27.18 s, 33.84 ± 18.14 s, 31.96 ± 22.02 s, and 30.14 ± 17.52 s, respectively, P = 0.03. The mean PVR at 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th visits was 46.40 ± 22.14 ml, 27.76 ± 26.10 ml, 25.16 ± 28.36 ml, and 25.58 ± 28.10 ml, respectively, P = 0.001. The first dose of tamsulosin significantly increases Qmax and decreases voiding time and residual urine (RU); there was no statistical significant difference between 1st dose, 1 and 3 months in Qmax, voiding time, and RU. QOL and IPSS were significantly improved after 1 and 3 months, P < 0.001.


The first dose of tamsulosin improves UFM and predicts the mid-term change in UFM as well as IPSS and QoL indices in the treatment of BPH-related LUTS.


Benign prostatic hyperplasia; lower urinary tract symptom; tamsulosin; uroflowmetry

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