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World J Urol. 2014 Oct;32(5):1149-54. doi: 10.1007/s00345-014-1338-x. Epub 2014 Jun 18.

Fixed-dose combination PRO 160/120 of sabal and urtica extracts improves nocturia in men with LUTS suggestive of BPH: re-evaluation of four controlled clinical studies.

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Department of Urology, Hannover Medical School, Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, 30625, Hannover, Germany,



To determine the effects of the herbal fixed-dose combination PRO 160/120 (extracts from saw palmetto fruits and stinging nettle roots) on nocturnal voiding frequency, as measured by question 7 of the IPSS questionnaire, in patients with moderate-to-severe LUTS/BPH after 24 weeks of treatment compared to placebo, to the α-blocker tamsulosin, or to the 5α-reductase inhibitor finasteride.


The study is about post hoc evaluation of four published randomized, double-blind clinical trials on PRO 160/120, two compared with placebo, one with finasteride and one with tamsulosin. In addition, a pooled data analysis of the two placebo-controlled trials was conducted.


We analyzed data from a total of 922 patients with a mean age of 66 years and a mean baseline nocturnal voiding frequency of 2.1. In the pooled analysis of placebo-controlled trials, nocturnal voids improved by 0.8 (29 %) with PRO 160/120 compared to 0.6 (18 %) with placebo (p = 0.015, Wilcoxon test, one-tailed). The 69 % responder rate to PRO 160/120 was significantly superior to the placebo response (52 %; p = 0.003, χ (2)-test, two-tailed). The majority of responders improved by 1 void/night. Absolute improvements and response rates were consistently higher with PRO 160/120 than with placebo over a range of baseline nocturnal voiding frequencies. There were no differences between PRO 160/120 and finasteride or tamsulosin regarding absolute improvement of nocturnal voids or responds rates.


PRO 160/120 significantly improved nocturnal voiding frequency compared to placebo and similar to tamsulosin or finasteride.

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