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Neurology. 1998 Dec;51(6):1629-33.

Efficacy and safety of oral sildenafil (Viagra) in men with erectile dysfunction caused by spinal cord injury.

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  • 1National Spinal Injury Centre, Stoke Mandeville, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the efficacy and safety of 50-mg doses of sildenafil during a 28-day period in patients with erectile dysfunction caused by spinal cord injury (cord level range, T6 through L5).

BACKGROUND:

Sildenafil is an orally active, potent, and selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase type 5, an important regulator of cyclic guanosine monophosphate in the human corpus cavernosum.

METHODS:

To be included in this double-blind, placebo-controlled study, all patients had to be able to achieve at least a partial reflexogenic erectile response to penile vibratory stimulation. The study utilized a single triangular sequential trial design. A total of 27 patients were randomized to receive 50 mg of sildenafil or placebo, taken orally as required (not more than once daily) approximately 1 hour before sexual activity.

RESULTS:

After 28 days of treatment, nine of 12 patients (75%) on sildenafil and one of 14 patients (7%) on placebo reported that treatment had improved their erections (p=0.0043). Furthermore, eight of 12 patients (67%) on sildenafil and two of 13 patients (15%) on placebo indicated that they wished to continue treatment (p=0.018). A significant improvement in satisfaction with their sex life was reported by patients taking sildenafil (p=0.012). No patients discontinued treatment due to adverse events.

CONCLUSION:

Oral sildenafil, taken as required (not more than once daily), significantly improves the quality of erections and satisfaction with sex life in men with erectile dysfunction caused by a spinal cord injury between T6 and L5.

PMID:
9855514
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