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 SILDENAFIL USE

ANCHOR LEAD:   DOES USE OF SILDENAFIL OR VIAGRA BENEFIT MEN WHO’VE HAD THEIR PROSTATE REMOVED?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Sildenafil, marketed under the brand name Viagra, has been shown to have an interesting range of benefits, from helping treat erectile dysfunction to a lung condition called primary pulmonary hypertension.  Some studies have suggested that using sildenafil after prostate removal helps a man return to full function, but a recent study concludes that just taking the medication as needed is just as effective.  Arthur Burnett, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.

BURNETT:  The findings are that actually the on demand use arm had better erectile function recovery than the patients who were using medication on a regular basis. So the conclusion here is almost opposite of intuition that there’s no real benefit to take the medication on a regular basis, perhaps just taking it here and there and in the end you’ll be just as functional.                       :21

Since the medication is expensive and may have undesirable side effects as well, taking it only when needed may be the best strategy.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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