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Urology Study: Multiple Medications Increase Erectile Dysfunction

Posted by floriza in Urology

A study published in the British Journal of Urology International indicates that men who take several medications experience worse erectile dysfunction. The study was conducted by Kaiser Permanente in Southern California and surveyed nearly 38,000 men of various ethnicities.

The men surveyed were between the ages of 46 and 69 and took more than three different medications. The more drugs a man took, the more severe the erectile dysfunction. Twenty-nine percent of the men reported that they suffered moderate or severe erectile dysfunction.

Other risk factors for erectile dysfunction include obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, age, depression, and smoking (whether current or in the past). The researchers took these factors into consideration when calculating their results.

Several medications were associated with a higher risk of severe erectile dysfunction. These include drugs for high blood pressure (beta blockers, etc.), antidepressants, and drugs that interfere with testosterone production.

Urologist Recommendations Based on the Study Results

The urologists suggest that men who are taking more than three drugs be evaluated to determine if they can cut down on the number of required prescriptions, as doing so could potentially reduce the severity of their erectile dysfunction.

The researchers recommend that lifestyle changes to alleviate some of the problems that might otherwise merit prescriptions be attempted when possible. These might include giving up smoking, changes in diet, reduction or elimination of alcohol consumption, and/or an exercise program. Each case must be weighed individually to determine the best course of action for the particular man’s physical health and emotional well-being.

Erectile Dysfunction Facts

Urology studies have shown that as many as 35 percent of men aged 60 and over have erectile dysfunction. The potential causes are many, including depression, atherosclerosis, smoking, alcoholism, heart disease, and stress. The reason these diseases or habits cause erectile dysfunction is that they reduce the amount of nitric oxide in a man’s body. Nitric oxide is necessary for erections to take place.

One in ten men have erectile dysfunction throughout the world, and 30 million men in the United States have ED. Men with diabetes are particularly prone to the condition, with 50 percent of them experiencing it, and smokers are also more likely to have ED. Sixty-five percent of men over the age of 65 have ED.

Urologists in New Jersey and other states can assist men with erectile dysfunction and other conditions of the urinary tract and male reproductive system.


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