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Int J Impot Res. 2007 Mar-Apr;19(2):154-60. Epub 2006 Jul 20.

Early sildenafil dose optimization and personalized instruction improves the frequency, flexibility, and success of sexual intercourse in men with erectile dysfunction.

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Northeast Indiana Urology, Fort Wayne, IN 46825, USA.


We investigated the effect of early sildenafil dose optimization and personalized instructions on sexual intercourse success in 1109 men beginning sildenafil therapy for erectile dysfunction. In phase 1 (4 weeks), patients followed the instructions contained in the sildenafil (50 mg) sample pack and had 1.4 sexual intercourse attempts per week with 82% success. Patients (17%) had a second intercourse attempt (80% successful): 58% occurred within 4 h, 20% within 5-8 h, and 22% within 9-24 h of the first attempt. In phase 2 (4 weeks), sildenafil was adjusted as needed (53% to 100 mg, and 2% to 25 mg), and investigators provided personalized instructions to facilitate patient success. Sexual intercourse attempts increased to 1.7 per week, with 91% success, and 18% were followed by a second attempt, of which 91% were successful. Most patients requested the 100-mg dose, which helped improve sexual intercourse frequency, flexibility and success.

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