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Effects of interactions of antibacterial drugs with each other and with 6-mercaptopurine on in vitro growth of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis.


We studied the effect of dutasteride on the length of the off-treatment period in prostate cancer patients on intermittent androgen deprivation (IAD) therapy.

The Reduction by Dutasteride of Clinical Progression Events in Expectant Management (REDEEM) trial will evaluate whether dutasteride decreases time to prostate cancer progression. Three hundred candidates for expectant management with biopsy-proven, low-risk, localized prostate cancer will receive dutasteride 0.5 mg/day or placebo for 3 years. Eligible men are between 50 and 80 years of age, have clinical stage T1c-T2a prostate cancer, a Gleason score of less than or equal to 6, and serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) less than or equal to 10 ng/mL. Entry biopsy of at least 10 cores had to be performed within 6 months of screening and will be repeated at 1.5 and 3 years. Men will complete questionnaires to measure symptoms, quality of life (QOL), and anxiety. Because PSA is an important monitoring tool in expectant management that may impact patients' comfort levels, actual PSA values will be provided to physicians and subjects. Time-to-disease progression (primary therapy for prostate cancer or pathologic progression), positive cores, change in Gleason score, and QOL assessments will be compared between groups.

To evaluate the likelihood of alpha-adrenergic antagonist (alpha-blocker) discontinuation in combination with dutasteride or finasteride among patients aged > or =65 years with enlarged prostate.

A recent meta-analysis showed that aspirin was associated with reduced prostate cancer risk. As anti-inflammatory medications lower PSA levels, whether these findings reflect reduced prostate cancer detection or lower prostate cancer risk is unknown. We tested the association between aspirin and nonaspirin NSAID use on prostate cancer diagnosis in REDUCE, where all men received biopsies at 2 and 4 years largely independent of PSA. REDUCE tested dutasteride for prostate cancer risk reduction in men with a PSA of 2.5 to 10.0 ng/mL and a negative prestudy biopsy.

Seventy-six patients were enrolled, and were taking 0.5 mg dutasteride daily for 52 weeks. Before and after treatment, all participants underwent blood test, and body mass index, prostate volume (PV), bone mineral density (BMD), post-voiding residual (PVR) volume, and muscle volume were measured. All patients responded to the questionnaires: International prostatic symptom score (IPSS), Overactive Bladder Symptom score (OABSS). Patients were divided into two groups according to the increase rate of total testosterone (TT): group A, ≥20% increase in TT level; group B, <20% increase or decrease.

Projecting a mortality outcome of the PCPT and REDUCE trials as an approach to weighing benefits versus harms suggests at most a small increase in prostate cancer mortality in the treatment arms, and possibly a modest decrease.

Dutasteride did not significantly impact the studied variables in these non randomized and small sample size settings.

Although obesity has been associated with larger prostate volumes (PV), few studies have actually investigated whether obesity enhances PV growth, especially among men using 5α-reductase inhibitors.

We identified 1352 osteoporosis diagnosis cases and 5387 control cases without osteoporosis diagnosis from the claims data for patients with benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), which are collected in the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). Four controls were frequency matched to each case according to age (every 5 years) and diagnosis date. We measured the effect of 5ARIs and determined the adjusted odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs).

The consensus of evidence to date shows that 5alphaR1 is present in the prostate, and that levels are higher in malignant compared with benign prostate hyperplasia tissue.

OBJECTIVE. To evaluate the effects of short term use of dutasteride and Serenoarepens before transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) on the amount of intraoperative blood loss and microvessel density (MVD) of prostatic stromal and suburethral tissues in the patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia.

The goal of this review is to discuss 5α-RIs therapy, the potential persistent side effects, and the possible mechanisms responsible for these undesirable effects.

Six weeks of dutasteride treatment may reduce prostate tissue vascularity in the periurethral area proximal to the verumontanum. The third phase of our study confirmed that preoperative treatment with dutasteride could improve operative performance and avoid TUR syndrome.

Epidemiologic and retrospective studies have assessed the effect of carotenoids (e.g., lycopene), vitamins, selenium, and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on the rate of occurrence of prostate cancer. The few published prospective trials evaluated prostate cancer as a secondary end point. Lycopene (as beta-carotene) and selenium supplementation have been associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer in nested case-control studies, but only in subgroups of men with low baseline plasma lycopene (or beta-carotene) and selenium levels respectively. The Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial prospectively evaluated finasteride, a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor, as chemoprevention. The results showed a 25% relative risk reduction in prostate cancer, albeit at an increased risk of invasive tumors.