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Study: Men Aren’t Taking ED Meds Correctly

A new study shows that men who claim erectile dysfunction medications aren’t working, might be taking them incorrectly.

Getting the best care starts with being honest with your doctor, even about sensitive topics.

Getting the best care starts with being honest with your doctor, even about sensitive topics.

Where did the idea for this study come from?

Dr. Borja Garcia Gomez, the author of the new study from the Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre in Madrid, says the hospital noticed more and more complaints about failed ED meds. Gomez decided to investigate and found many men weren’t taking the meds the way they were intended.

What’s the wrong way to take ED meds?

Gomez and her team recruited 250 men who had erectile dysfunction and claimed the medications they were prescribed weren’t working. Men completed a survey and the results showed that 172 (or about 68 percent) of the 250 men weren’t taking the medication under the “best conditions.”

For instance, some didn’t give the medicine the right amount of time to kick in. Others didn’t realize they needed sexual stimulation for the medication to work. Others weren’t taking the full dose, hoping a smaller dose would work. By taking a smaller dose, or cutting pills in half, men hoped to save a few bucks.

Are you taking your ED medication correctly?

Are you taking your ED medication correctly?

Men who weren’t taking the medication correctly were offered a re-education class to teach them how and when to take pills like Viagra and Cialis. After the class, about 75 percent of men responded to the meds.

Dr. Joseph P. Alukal, from the Departments of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, said the new findings weren’t surprising.

“Lots of people don’t know how to prescribe or take these drugs,” Alukal, who wasn’t involved in the study, told Reuters Health in an email. “I try to educate both patients and providers about these kinds of pitfalls.”

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