2020 News from the Research Team Articles

January 2020

Article Summary by IPPS Research Committee Member

Pharmacological Interventions for Treating Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.

Franco JV1, Turk T, Jung JH, Xiao YT, Iakhno S, Tirapegui FI, Garrote V, Vietto V.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019

Summary: Chronic prostatitis / chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is characterized as pelvic pain and lower urinary tract symptoms. This systematic review aimed to assess the efficacy of pharmacological therapies for CP/CPPS, which is considered a complex and multifactorial disorder. In the review, the authors included randomized controlled trials conducted in men a diagnosis of CP/CPPS. They evaluated all available pharmacological interventions compared to placebo or in head-to-head comparisons. The authors identified 99 unique studies assessing 16 types of pharmacological therapies. Overall, they found low- to very low-quality evidence that alpha blockers, antibiotics, 5-ARI, anti-inflammatories, phytotherapy, intraprostatic BTA injection, and traditional Chinese medicine may cause a reduction in prostatitis symptoms without an increased incidence of adverse events in the short term, except for alpha blockers which may be associated with an increase in mild adverse events. There were few trials with active comparators and little evidence of the effects of these drugs on sexual dysfunction, quality of life or anxiety and depression. 

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