A study out of Spain recently found that some men using erectile dysfunction (ED) medication are taking them the wrong way (Fox News). They found that 172 men had been incorrectly taking the drugs. 88 of these men were re-educated to use them properly. In correspondence with Reuter’s Health by email, Dr. Borja Garcia Gomez wrote that,
“The idea came to us when we saw that a lot of patients sent to our specialized unit to try a different treatment for ED were not taking the PDE5i under optimal conditions.”
Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre in Madrid conducted the study of which Gomez is an author. Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors are types of medications which include Cialis and Viagra. These drugs block a particular enzyme in the body allowing blood to flow into the penis uninhibited. When they are ineffective it either means that they aren’t responding to treatment or that the medication is being taken incorrectly.
Other studies previously conducted found that instructing men on how to use these drugs increased the success rate. In this study 250 participants were men who had contacted the clinic to tell them the ED medication they were prescribed wasn’t working. Their ED symptoms were rated on a scale from 0 to 25. The higher the score the less pronounced their ED symptoms were. A score of 13, for instance, was considered a moderate level.
Of these 250 male participants, 172 were not taking their medication in the proper manner. There were those participants who didn’t take the medication over the course of a number of days as instructed. Others weren’t taking the proper dosage or took a second dosage after the first failed to work.
Those who were found to be taking the medications incorrectly were offered to be educated about the drugs. 57 of the 172 declined this offer for a whole host of reasons. After instruction of proper usage and other determining details, 88 of the 115 experienced the appropriate effect of the drug. Their ED symptoms score nearly double from 13 to over 24.
An expert from the Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, Dr. Joseph P. Alukal, wasn’t surprised from these findings. He wrote Reuter’s Health in an email,
“Lots of people don’t know how to prescribe or take these drugs. I try to educate both patients and providers about these kinds of pitfalls.”
If you are prescribed ED medication, make sure the proper usage of the medication is known and followed. Do discuss the issue in depth with your doctor while also doing some of your own research online. You should certainly know all the ins, outs and nuances in order to protect your health and get the most out of your ED medication.
If yours isn’t working for you, see your physician or urologist to help you discover if the problem is merely the need for some more knowledge, usage and instructions, or a new treatment approach.