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[Mode of action of sildenafil].

[Article in Chinese]

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Department of Urology, Xuan Wu Hospital, Beijing 100054.


Sildenafil is the first oral therapeutic agent for erectile dysfunction. Sildenafil is a selective inhibitor of cGMP-specific phosphodiesterase (PDE-5). Penile erection involves relaxation of the corpus cavernosum, an event mediated by NO and cGMP. The biological actions of cGMP are terminated by phosphodiesterase enzymes and PDE-5 is the major cGMP metabolising enzyme in this tissue. Sildenafil is relatively safe compared to erection injectables because it does not relax on isolated human corpus cavernosum, and does not cause priapism. Due to the tendency of abuse of sildenafil, its adverse cardiovascular associations with myocardial infaraction, ventricular arrhythmia and hypertension need to be alerted.

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