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Why Men Choose to Stop Treatment
There are many reasons a man may choose to stop treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
He may decide that the side effects of medication are more bothersome than his lower urinary tract symptoms.
He may feel that medication options have undesirable sexual side effects, like decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, and overall sexual satisfaction.1
High prescription costs sometimes play a role in discontinuation, especially when the patient is on a fixed income and is being treated for multiple conditions.
And for some men, medical treatment is either not effective or the adverse events are not tolerable.2
What do these men do?
Many find it relatively easy to cope—to change their lives to accommodate the need to void frequently. Unfortunately, men who stop treatment may not realize the severity of secondary complications that may occur if the BPH is left untreated.
- Leliefeld H, Stoevelaar H, McDonnell J. Sexual function before and after various treatments for symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia. BJU International. 2002; 89:208-213.
- Prostate enlargement: benign prostatic hyperplasia. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. National Institute of Health. http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/prostateenlargement/. Accessed Oct. 27, 2010.