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PURPOSE: We evaluate terazosin therapy for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 100, 20 to-50-year-old subjects who met the consensus criteria for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome and had not received previous alpha-blockers. Subjects were randomized to receive terazosin with dose escalation from 1 to 5 mg. daily or placebo for 14 weeks. The primary criterion for response was scoring 2 or less ("delighted-to-mostly satisfied") on the National Institutes of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI) quality of life item. The secondary criterion for response was greater than 50% reduction in NIH-CPSI pain score at 14 weeks. Other outcomes included total and NIH-CPSI domain scores, International Prostate Symptom Score, peak urinary flow rate, post-void residual urine and adverse effects. RESULTS: Using the primary criterion 24 of 43 evaluable subjects (56%) responded in the terazosin group compared to 14 of 43 (36%) in the placebo group (p = 0.03). Using the secondary criterion 26 of 43 subjects (60%) responded in the terazosin group compared to 16 of 43 (37%) in the placebo group (p = 0.03). The terazosin group had greater reductions (p <0.05) in NIH-CPSI total score, individual domain scores and International Prostate Symptom Score than the placebo group. There was no difference in peak urinary flow rate or post-void residual. In the terazosin group 18 patients (42%) had side effects compared to 9 (21%) in the placebo group (p = 0.04). CONCLUSIONS: Terazosin proved superior to placebo for patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome who had not received alpha-blockers previously.

Original publication




Journal article


J Urol

Publication Date





592 - 596


Adrenergic alpha-Antagonists, Adult, Chronic Disease, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Pelvic Pain, Prazosin, Prostatitis, Syndrome