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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
34
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)

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 (22 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea difficulty urinating (dysuria) 5 more
Total evaluations
25
Treatment name(s)

(Proscar)
Perceived effectiveness
for benign prostatic hyperplasia (14 evaluations)
Side effects
erectile dysfunction difficulty with orgasm 4 more
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood aphasia 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Uroxatral)
Perceived effectiveness
for benign prostatic hyperplasia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) headaches
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Cardura)
Perceived effectiveness
for benign prostatic hyperplasia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
hypotension tiredness
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
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)

(Avodart)
Perceived effectiveness
for benign prostatic hyperplasia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
  • 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 5
40s 17
50s 88
60s 195
70+ 144
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 2
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 47
50-59 years 68
60-69 years 27
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 447
Female 3

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 198
Not Diagnosed 7

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