Benign prostatic hyperplasia

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What is benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, often called benign prostatic hypertrophy, is a non-cancerous condition characterized by enlargement or overgrowth of the prostate gland resulting in the formation of nodules which can interfere with the normal flow of urine.

Common symptoms reported by people with benign prostatic hyperplasia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with benign prostatic hyperplasia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Flomax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Treatment name(s)

(Proscar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (2) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cialis)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Uroxatral)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (2) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)

Data from patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with benign prostatic hyperplasia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Flomax)
Perceived effectiveness
for benign prostatic hyperplasia (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Frequent urination Diarrhea 6 more
Total evaluations
35
Treatment name(s)

(Proscar)
Perceived effectiveness
for benign prostatic hyperplasia (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty with orgasm Dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
22
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (2) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cialis)
Perceived effectiveness
for benign prostatic hyperplasia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Difficulty with orgasm
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Uroxatral)
Perceived effectiveness
for benign prostatic hyperplasia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased sex drive (libido) Headaches
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (2) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Aphasia 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has benign prostatic hyperplasia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 0
30s 3
40s 15
50s 79
60s 156
70+ 105
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 2
30-39 years 8
40-49 years 42
50-59 years 60
60-69 years 25
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

1% Female
99% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 171
Not Diagnosed 7

These charts show data from benign prostatic hyperplasia patients who have completed their condition history
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