October 14, 2008
Prostate Drug Not Linked to Hip Fracture
Use of a class of medications for treating an enlarged prostate is not associated with an increased hip fracture risk, U.S. researchers said.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate, is a common condition that affects some 8 million U.S. men and treatment includes surgical procedures, minimally invasive procedures and medications. Most often the first-line therapy is pharmacological, using either alpha-blockers, or 5-alpha reductase inhibitors such as finasteride or dutasteridee.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that 36 percent of the men with hip fracture and 35 percent of the men without hip fracture had a prior diagnosis of enlarged prostate.