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Nov. 15, 2006

UI Study Invites Men Age 40 And Older With Urinary Frequency and Urgency

Men age 40 and older who currently are taking a prescribed medication for prostate enlargement yet continue to experience urinary frequency and urgency may qualify for a University of Iowa research study.

The study will compare the safety and effectiveness of an approved medication to placebo (contains no active medication) in reducing symptoms.

Bladder symptoms include taking more than eight trips to the bathroom in one day, strong and sudden urges to urinate and/or the inability to hold urine until getting to the toilet. Men with a history of interstitial cystitis or prostate cancer are not eligible to participate.

The study will involve approximately four visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics over 13 weeks. Participants will randomly be assigned to take the study medication or the placebo. All participants will be asked to keep a voiding diary and complete several quality-of-life questionnaires about bladder health.

The study drugs and any urine and ultrasound tests will be provided at no cost. Compensation for clinic visits and parking is also available.

The University of Iowa is one of up to 100 sites worldwide taking part in the study.

The lead investigator is Richard Williams, M.D., professor and head of urology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

For more information, call the study coordinators at 319-384-5769 (Diane Meyerholz) or 319-384-9265 (Mary Eno). You may also e-mail the study coordinators at or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178


Diane Meyerholz, study coordinator, 319-384-5769,

Mary Eno, study coordinator, 319-384-9265,

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660