Culley C. Carson III, MD
Rhodes Distinguished Professor of Urology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Kevin T. McVary, MD
Professor of Urology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Martin M. Miner, MD
Co-Director, Men's Health Center
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Urology
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
This educational activity is intended to educate urologists, primary care physicians, endocrinologists, cardiologists, specialists, and other healthcare providers interested in the management and treatment of hypogonadism and related comorbidities.
STATEMENT OF NEED
Men presenting with erectile dysfunction (ED) should be screened for benign prostatic hyperplasia-associated lower urinary tract symptoms (BPH/LUTS) and vice versa. Medical treatments for BPH/LUTS appear to be equally effective—producing improvement in 75% to 80% of patients—but their adverse effect (AE) profiles differ. The patient and his partner should be informed about the impact of medication and surgery on sexual health, and sexual function should be assessed both when choosing the appropriate management strategy for BPH/LUTS and when evaluating the patient's response to treatment.
Given the close associations between BPH/LUTS, hypogonadism, and ED, treatment algorithms are needed for the concomitant management of LUTS and hypogonadism as well as associated conditions, such as sexual dysfunction and ED. An effective management strategy would incorporate agents that are efficacious and tolerable, cause minimal AEs, and can be used either as monotherapy or in a combination regimen as appropriate. Physicians should take into account individual health factors, efficacy, tolerability, treatment-related AEs (eg, retrograde ejaculation, diminished libido, and ED), cost, and patient preference. As evidence accumulates, considering how daily phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor therapy that improves erectile function and BPH/LUTS and how treatment of hypogonadism with testosterone therapy affects LUTS and ED may open new research avenues and shift the current treatment paradigm.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Screen appropriately men seeking care for erectile dysfunction (ED), benign prostatic hyperplasia–associated lower urinary tract symptoms (BPH/LUTS), and hypogonadism for related comorbidities
- Recognize the importance of keeping the partner involved throughout the treatment continuum when treating men's health concerns
- Examine with patients the adverse effect profile of each therapy when deciding the appropriate management strategy for BPH/LUTS, hypogonadism, or ED, and carefully monitor the patient's treatment response
- Integrate BPH/LUTS, hypogonadism, and ED treatment goals to improve quality of life and optimize health outcomes
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Culley C. Carson III, MD, receives research support from, is a consultant for, and serves on the speakers bureaus of American Medical Systems; Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Eli Lilly and Company; and GlaxoSmithKline.
Kevin T. McVary, MD, receives research support from, is a consultant for, and/or serves on the speakers bureaus of Allergan, Inc.; Eli Lilly and Company; GlaxoSmithKline; the National Cancer Institute; the National Institutes of Health; and Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Martin M. Miner, MD, receives research support from Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He is a consultant for Merck & Co., Inc.
The ideas and opinions presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dannemiller and/or its agents. As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account that patient's unique clinical situation. Dannemiller disclaims all liability and cannot be held responsible for any problems that may arise from participating in this activity or following treatment recommendations presented.
Sponsored by CogniMed Inc.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant provided by Lilly USA, LLC.
This activity is an enduring material and consists of online videos. Successful completion is achieved by viewing the material, reflecting on its implications in your practice, and completing the assessment component.
The estimated time to complete this activity is 1.5 hours.
This activity was originally released November 30, 2012, and is eligible for credit through November 30, 2013.
These videos were reviewed by an impartial content reviewer and by faculty members. Faculty have final editorial control over the piece.
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