Inder Perkash

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  • Efficacy and safety of terazosin to improve voiding in spinal cord injury patients. journal of spinal cord medicine Perkash, I. 1995; 18 (4): 236-239


    A total of 28 male spinal cord injury (SCI) patients were enrolled in an open label study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of terazosin to improve voiding. All patients were started on 1 mg daily dose at bedtime. The dosage was gradually increased to 1-2 mg twice daily, depending upon patient tolerance and a minimum acceptable systolic blood pressure of 90 mm Hg. Urodynamic evaluation was done in 24 patients prior to and one week after a maximum tolerated dose was established for at least 48 hours. The maximum dose varied from 1 to 5 mg daily. Subjective improvement in voiding was noticed in 50 percent of patients. Objective assessment with urodynamics showed a mean drop in maximum voiding pressure of 35 cm H2O (range 9-65 cm H2O) in only 42 percent of patients. Subjective improvement in voiding occurred in 14 of 17 patients with absent detrusor sphincter dyssynergia. The drug was discontinued in three patients with side effects of syncope in one patient, lethargy in another and body rash in the third. Because the tolerance dose of terazosin is variable and the therapeutic response is unpredictable, urodynamic monitoring is recommended to accomplish a useful outcome.

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