Rapid Efficacy of the Highly Selective α1A-Adrenoceptor Antagonist Silodosin in Men With Signs and Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Pooled Results of 2 Phase 3 Studies

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We evaluated the efficacy and safety of silodosin for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms in 2 randomized, placebo controlled, phase 3 studies.

Materials and Methods:

Men 50 years or older with an International Prostate Symptom Score of 13 or greater and peak urinary flow rate of 4 to 15 ml per second received placebo or 8 mg silodosin daily with breakfast for 12 weeks. The primary end point was International Prostate Symptom Score change from baseline to last observation. Change in peak urinary flow rate was a secondary end point. Differences in treatment efficacy were assessed by ANCOVA.


Of 923 patients (mean age 65 years) 466 received silodosin and 457 placebo. After 0.5 week (range 3 to 4 days) of treatment patients receiving silodosin vs placebo achieved significant improvement in total International Prostate Symptom Score (difference −1.9, p <0.0001) and irritative (-0.5, p = 0.0002) and obstructive (-1.4, p <0.0001) subscores. The mean ± SD change from baseline in total International Prostate Symptom Score was −4.2 ± 5.3 for silodosin vs −2.3 ± 4.4 for placebo. Differences (silodosin vs placebo) in International Prostate Symptom Score and subscores increased by week 12 (p <0.0001). Mean change from baseline in peak urinary flow rate (ml per second) 2 to 6 hours after initial dose was greater (p <0.0001) with silodosin (2.8 ± 3.4) than placebo (1.5 ± 3.8). Differences remained significant (p <0.001) through week 12. The most common treatment emergent adverse event was (mostly mild) retrograde ejaculation (silodosin 28.1% of patients, placebo 0.9%). Few patients receiving silodosin (2.8%) discontinued because of retrograde ejaculation. Proportions of patients with treatment emergent orthostatic hypotension were similar for silodosin (2.6%) and placebo (1.5%).


Treatment with silodosin produced rapid improvement in urinary symptoms that was sustained for 12 weeks. Silodosin was well tolerated with a low incidence of orthostatic hypotension.

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