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J Urol. 2003 Sep;170(3):887-91.

Tadalafil has no detrimental effect on human spermatogenesis or reproductive hormones.

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Department of Urology SL-42, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA.



We assessed the effects on spermatogenesis of placebo vs 10 or 20 mg tadalafil administered daily for 6 months to healthy men and men with mild erectile dysfunction.


In 2 studies 421 healthy men or men with mild erectile dysfunction who were 45 years or older and met semen criteria derived from WHO reference values were randomized to 6 months of treatment with placebo (101) or 10 mg tadalafil (103), or to placebo (106) or 20 mg tadalafil (111). Semen samples and serum for reproductive hormones (testosterone, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone) were collected at baseline, after 3 months and at the end of treatment.


Tadalafil had no adverse effects on spermatogenesis, as assessed by sperm concentration, sperm count per ejaculate, percent sperm motility, normal morphology or serum reproductive hormones. Tadalafil was well tolerated. Common adverse events were headache, dyspepsia and back pain.


Chronic daily administration of tadalafil at doses of 10 and 20 mg for 6 months had no adverse effects on spermatogenesis or on reproductive hormones in men older than 45 years.

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