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Detrol LA combined with standard treatment for enlarged prostate is twice as effective

New York, November 4, 2004 Combination therapy with Pfizer Inc's DETROL LA (tolterodine tartrate extended release capsules) and an alpha blocker, a standard treatment for enlarged prostate, was twice as effective in relieving overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms as the alpha blocker alone in men with both bladder obstruction and OAB, according to a study published in the October issue of the British Journal of Urology. Six million American men suffer from a combination of a common complication of enlarged prostate called bladder outlet obstruction, which reduces or prevents urine flow, and OAB, a medical condition associated with involuntary contractions of the bladder muscle.

"There is overlap in the symptoms of bladder outlet obstruction and overactive bladder, so current clinical practice entails treating bladder obstruction first, and adding a therapy like DETROL LA only if the man continues to suffer for several months from urgency, frequency and excessive urination at night," said study author Dr. Michael Chancellor, professor of urology at the University of Pittsburgh. "These findings suggest that combination therapy is well tolerated and can be considered for men with or without bladder obstruction."

The prospective study divided 144 men into two groups, those with bladder obstruction only (n=76) and those with bladder obstruction plus OAB (n=68). All patients were treated with alpha blocker doxazosin for three months. In patients with no symptomatic improvement, DETROL LA was added for an additional three months. Seventy-three percent of men with bladder obstruction and OAB reported an improvement during the combination therapy phase of the study compared to 35 percent reporting improvement in the initial doxazosin alone phase.

The most common side effects of doxazosin were dizziness, postural hypotension and abnormal ejaculation. The most common side effect of DETROL LA was dry mouth. There was a low incidence (3.3 percen
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