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J Addict Dis. 2007;26(4):7-13.

Erectile dysfunction medication use among men seeking substance abuse treatment.

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  • 1Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA, USA. horva018@umn.edu


Few studies of erectile dysfunction (ED) medications use among heterosexual drug using or abusing men have been conducted. The aims of this study were to provide information on ED medication use prevalence, method of acquisition, and sexual effects among men seeking substance abuse treatment. A single time point cross-sectional anonymous survey was completed by 297 men over the age of 18 seeking substance abuse treatment at an outpatient clinic at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Pacific Northwest. Mean age of participants was 49.7 years and 59.4% self-identified as Caucasian. Alcohol (56.7%) and cocaine (26.1%) were the primary drugs of abuse. Lifetime use of ED medications was reported by 24% (95%CI = 8.6%, 39.4%) of men. Almost 69% of ED medication users reported obtaining ED medications from a physician. Fifty-nine percent of ED medication users reported taking the medications to enhance their sexual experience rather than to treat ED, which was marginally associated with stimulant use (OR = 3.86, 95%CI = 0.96, 15.54, p = .057). These results add to an emerging recognition of the need to address the health implications of ED medication use among heterosexual drug using populations.

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