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Urology. 2008 Apr;71(4):686-92. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2007.12.025.

Randomized, double-blind, crossover trial of sildenafil in men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction: efficacy at 8 and 12 hours postdose.

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New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York 10016, USA.



To clarify the period of responsiveness to sildenafil.


Under a double-blind protocol, men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction (International Index of Erectile Function [IIEF] Erectile Function domain score, 11 to 25) were randomized to sildenafil (100 mg) or placebo and attempted intercourse 8 hours (range, 7 to 9 hours) postdose (first 4-week phase) and 12 hours (11 to 13 hours) postdose (second 4-week phase after treatment crossover). The primary outcome was the per-patient proportion (PPP; least squares means [95% confidence interval]) of affirmative responses to the Sexual Encounter Profile question 3 (SEP3: "Did your erection last long enough for you to have successful intercourse?").


For sildenafil (n = 174) versus placebo (n = 177), baseline values were similar but the PPP of successful intercourse attempts increased to 76% (69% to 82%) versus 50% (43% to 57%) in phase 1 (odds ratio [OR] = 3.2) and 79% (72% to 85%) versus 52% (44% to 60%) in phase 2 (OR = 3.5), and the PPP of Erection Hardness Score 4 erections (completely hard and fully rigid) was 41% (34% to 48%) versus 10% (7% to 15%) in phase 1 (OR = 6.2) and 44% (37% to 51%) versus 17% (12% to 23%) in phase 2 (OR = 4.0). Thus, at 12 hours, the odds of successful intercourse tripled and of a completely hard erection quadrupled. The sildenafil group achieved greater (P <0.001) PPP of successful penetration (SEP2), satisfaction with erection hardness (SEP4), and satisfaction with the sexual experience (SEP5); improvement in IIEF domain scores; and treatment satisfaction on the Erectile Dysfunction Inventory of Treatment Satisfaction.


In men with mild to moderate ED, responsiveness to sildenafil may persist much longer than 4 hours.

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