Can treatment of nocturia increase testosterone level in men with late onset hypogonadism?

Jong Wook Kim, Ji Yun Chae, Jin Wook Kim, Cheol Yong Yoon, Mi Mi Oh, Hong Seok Park, Je Jong Kim, Du Geon Moon

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    Objective To assess the effect of desmopressin on serum testosterone level in men with nocturia and late onset hypogonadism. Methods We prospectively enrolled men with nocturia and symptoms of late onset hypogonadism. Desmopressin (0.1 mg) was administered once daily to patients for 12 weeks, and we then compared serum testosterone levels, electrolytes, frequency volume chart indices, and changes in the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), International Index of Erectile Function, and Aging Male's Symptom scales before and after treatment. Patients with a history of cardiovascular disease or hyponatremia, those using hypnotics, and those who had primary hypogonadism or hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism were excluded from the study. Results Sixty-two men (mean age, 68.4 years) completed pre- and post-treatment questionnaires and underwent laboratory testing. At the end of the study, the testosterone levels in men with low testosterone levels (<3.5 ng/mL) increased after the 12-week desmopressin treatment (2.85 ± 0.58 to 3.97 ± 1.44 ng/mL; P =.001). Mean scores had decreased from 17.7 to 13.9 (IPSS), 3.8 to 3.2 (IPSS-Quality of Life), and 33.7 to 31.1 (Aging Male's Symptom). On the frequency volume chart, nocturnal urine volume, nocturnal polyuria index, actual number of nocturia events, nocturia index, and nocturnal bladder capacity index were significantly decreased. Conclusion Desmopressin improved nocturia and other urinary symptoms. Moreover, serum testosterone levels increased significantly in men with low testosterone levels after 12-week desmopressin treatment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)837-842
    Number of pages6
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Urology


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