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Erectile Dysfunction Is Worse When People Take Multiple Drugs

December 13, 2011

If you are a man with erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs can make your condition worse? A new Kaiser Permanente study report that people who take several medications are likely to have more severe ED.
Repeated use of the drug can affect erectile function

Failure to achieve an erection sometimes it is not uncommon and can occur for many reasons, ranging from the fact there was too much to drink on the emotional stress or fatigue. When ED is more than half the time, but that is usually a symptom of a serious problem that requires examination and treatment.

Erectile dysfunction affects approximately 10% of men worldwide, and nearly 30 million men in the United States. Given the growing number of baby boomers, and the tendency for older people to take several medications, the results of this latest study may be important for many people, both now and in the future.

The study involved 37,712 men ages ethnically diverse ranging from 46 to 69 who were part of California’s Health Study men. Analysis of data from men included drugs in the period between 2002 and 2003, the severity of ED, age, body mass index, diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, depression, and smoking history.

After taking other factors into account, the researchers found that the number of drugs, people have increased, so did the severity of erectile dysfunction. For example, for men who took 0 to 2 drugs, 15.9% had moderate ED. This figure rose to 19.7% among those who take from 3 to 5 drugs, 25.5% among men taking from 6 to 9 drugs, and 30.9% among those taking 10 or more drugs.

Lead author, Diane C. Londono, MD, a urology department at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, noted that “the results of this study suggest that an important step in the evaluation of ED will review the current medications the patient takes and their possible side-effects. “Doctors could make changes in the use of human medicines as needed.

Medications commonly associated with ED and those that are commonly prescribed, including anti-hypertensive drugs (such as beta-blockers, clonidine, thiazides), antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, lithium, MAO inhibitors), and drugs which may interfere with testosterone ways.

More than half (57%) men in the study took more than three medications, and multiple drug use was highest among men aged 60 to 70. A quarter of men used at least 10 drugs.

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by several factors, including diabetes mellitus (approximately 50% of men with diabetes, ED), depression, alcoholism, prostatectomy, thyroid disease, atherosclerosis, smoking, and trauma. Although the repeated use of the drug may cause erectile dysfunction, taking another drug of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor – is the most common way to treat this condition. Three drugs in this category include sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra).

The results of this study can serve as a wake-up call for doctors to reconsider some drug use among their patients who have impotence. According to Michael Kanter, MD, medical director of the regional quality and clinical analysis for the group of Southern California Permanente Medical, “These people will benefit from lifestyle changes such as changes in their diet, regular exercise and not smoking can help control their hypertension, diabetes, stress, and reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction. “

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