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Relief for ED Associated with BPE Treatment

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About 5 to 15 percent of men who use 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs) to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) experience erectile dysfunction (ED) or other sexual side effects. The problem appears to be even greater in men who also take alpha-blockers, which are often prescribed to enhance the benefits of 5-ARIs. A recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine†finds that adding the ED drug tadalafil (Cialis) can help.

The investigators randomly assigned 695 men with LUTS, roughly two-thirds of whom had ED at the outset, to treatment with the 5-ARI finasteride (Proscar) plus tadalafil or to finasteride plus a placebo.

After six months, men who took finasteride plus tadalafil were 3.5 times more likely than the finasteride-placebo users to show significant improvements in ED symptoms. Moreover, a significant portion of men in the tadalafil-plus-finasteride group who did not have ED at the start of the study reported that they were more satisfied with their sex lives.

If you are taking medication to treat LUTS associated with BPE and have developed sexual side effects of any kind, itís important to tell your doctor so that you can have a discussion about possible solutions.

Posted in Enlarged Prostate on April 24, 2016

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