Millions of men suffer with erectile dysfunction. It’s a common side effect for many diabetics as well. While doctors have not hesitated to prescribe ED drugs to health men, those with diabetes presented a challenge because it wasn’t know how the drug would interact with their disease. However, a new study shows the erectile dysfunction medications are safe for diabetics.
Doctors aren’t surprised
“The results of our meta-analysis are not surprising, but give strength to the general notion that this class of drugs is efficient and safe for this specific wide population,” said lead author Moshe Vardi, M.D., with the internal medicine division at Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center in Israel.
“These medications have been considered the mainstay of treatment for erectile dysfunction in the general population for many years,” said Vardi. “Diabetics are prone to this complication, and the etiology of their erectile dysfunction is multifactorial, thus making their treatment a special challenge for physicians and other health care professionals.”
The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates research, enlisted the help of more than 1,700 men, all of which had diabetes. The men ranged in age, ethnicity and weight. After the 12 week study about 30 percent of men reported improvements in their sex and there were no reported complications connected to diabetes.
When drugs like Viagra or Cialis are taken an hour before sex they can improve the blood flow to the penis, helping with rigidity and strengthening an erection.
“These drugs can be taken on an as needed basis, as their half-life spans from several hours to 48 hours at most,” said Vardi. “Patients should also consult their physicians for drug-drug interactions and specific contraindications.”
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