Erectile dysfunction 'made worse by taking many drugs'

15 November 2011

Patients suffering from erectile dysfunction who are on a course of infertility treatments may see adverse effects from multiple medications, a new study has found.

A Kaiser Permanente study published online in the British Journal of Urology International revealed that men taking various different types of medications are more likely to have severe erectile dysfunction.

To come up with the conclusion, the researchers surveyed nearly 40,000 ethnically diverse men from southern California.

Looking at the men who took more than three types of medication it was found that 29 per cent of them had increased severity of erectile dysfunction.

Lead author of the study Diana C Londono from the urology department at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center said: "Clinically the findings from this study suggest that a crucial step in the evaluation of erectile dysfunction would be to review the current medications the patient is taking and their potential side effects."

The study also found other contributing factors to the condition including older age, higher body mass index, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and depression.

Doctors treating patients with erectile dysfunction may look to treat underlying or psychological conditions first that may be part of the initial cause.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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