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Viagra Might Make for a Safer, More Effective Stent

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – It's worked wonders for men battling erectile dysfunction, and now early research suggests that Viagra – when added to artery-opening stents – might cut a patient's odds for clots. Stents are tiny mesh tubes surgically inserted to prop up failing blood vessels. But as South Korean researchers explained, these devices can become less effective over time as the growth of tissue around the metal device narrows the artery again. But in their new study in rats, the researchers found that coating stents with Viagra (sildenafil) might help prevent this re-closure from happening. "If similar results are found in clinical trials, sildenafil could be an ideal drug for coating drug-eluting [emitting] stents or to give orally after stent implantation," study lead author Dr. Han-Mo Yang said in a news release from the American Heart Association. Yang is an associate ... Read more

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What Men Need to Know About ED Drugs and Anesthesia

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – Men who take erectile dysfunction drugs need to alert the anesthetist before having surgery or other medical procedures, hospital experts say. Erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis contain nitric oxide, which opens blood vessels and relaxes muscles. If they are combined with anesthesia and other medication used during surgery, a patient's blood pressure may become dangerously low, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists said. The association said men must be forthright about their use of erectile dysfunction drugs and any other medications, including over-the-counter and herbal remedies. Men should stop taking erectile dysfunction drugs a few days before surgery, because they take at least 24 hours to clear the body, the group said. The association recommends that you make sure your spouse, a family member or friend knows you use an ... Read more

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Study Refutes Viagra-Melanoma Link

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – Some good news for sexually active older men: Viagra and related erectile dysfunction drugs do not increase the risk of deadly melanoma skin cancer, researchers report. "Physicians should still screen for melanoma risk, but they do not need to add the use of Viagra and similar drugs to the list of screening criteria specifically," said study leader Dr. Stacy Loeb. Loeb is a urologist and assistant professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year placed Viagra (sildenafil) and other ED drugs known as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors on its watch list of medications with possible safety issues. This action followed a 2014 report in JAMA Internal Medicine that linked Viagra with an increased risk of melanoma. To clarify the issue, researchers analyzed data from five large-scale studies of more than 866,000 erectile ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Dietary Supplements for Male Sexual Enhancement by A and H Focal: Recall - Undeclared Drug Ingredient

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

[Posted 03/07/2017] ISSUE: A&H Focal Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots marketed as dietary supplements for male sexual enhancement from January 2014 to present. These products have been historically tested by the FDA and found to contain PDE-5 Inhibitors (i.e.sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil, etc.) which is the active ingredient in an FDA-approved drug for erectile dysfunction (ED), making these tainted dietary supplements unapproved drugs. These undeclared active ingredients pose a threat to consumers because PDE-5 Inhibitors may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. BACKGROUND: The products were mainly sold through Asian Markets located in NJ and NY.  See the Company Announcement for the ... Read more

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Impotence Drugs Won't Raise Melanoma Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Three widely used erectile dysfunction drugs – Cialis, Levitra and Viagra – aren't likely to boost the risk of melanoma skin cancer, a new study reports. Why the concern in the first place? Laboratory tests suggested that lower levels of an enzyme that's inhibited by certain erectile dysfunction drugs might increase the growth of melanoma cells. Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. But studies examining melanoma risk among men who take these drugs have had conflicting results, the researchers said. The new study included more than 145,000 men who used either Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) or Levitra (vardenafil). These impotence drugs inhibit an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5). The investigators compared the men taking the drugs to nearly 561,000 men who didn't use them. Although the study couldn't prove no cause-and-effect ... Read more

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Men, Avoid Impotence Drugs Before Surgery

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – Men should not take erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis just before surgery, experts say. The drugs contain nitric oxide, which opens blood vessels and relaxes muscles. This can cause a patient's blood pressure to become dangerously low when combined with anesthesia and other drugs used during surgery, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). The group advises men not to take Viagra or Cialis the day before surgery because the drugs take more than 24 hours to clear the body. It's also important for men to inform the person administering their anesthesia about their use of erectile dysfunction drugs. "Patients should never feel embarrassed about telling their anesthesia professional that they use these products," Juan Quintana, AANA president, said in a new release from the association. "Anesthesia professionals need ... Read more

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Could Viagra Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Those at Risk?

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – The impotence drug Viagra may help ward off type 2 diabetes in people already at risk for the illness, a small new trial suggests. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, found that Viagra (sildenafil) improved "insulin sensitivity" in overweight, pre-diabetic people. Insulin sensitivity involves the body's ability to efficiently use the hormone. The erectile dysfunction drug was also tied to a lowering of levels of a marker associated with a raised risk of heart and kidney disease, the researchers reported Nov. 18 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. However, the trial was small – just 42 patients – and "further studies will be needed to determine whether long-term treatment with drugs like sildenafil can prevent the onset of diabetes in high-risk patients," study lead author Dr. Nancy Brown said in a journal news ... Read more

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Heart Attack Shouldn't End Your Sex Life

Posted 21 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 – If you've had a heart attack, you don't have to avoid sex for fear of having another one, researchers report. Many people who've had a heart attack worry that too much physical activity could trigger a repeat event. But after reviewing data collected on 536 heart disease patients between the ages of 30 and 70, the researchers found sexual activity requires about the same amount of exertion as climbing two flights of stairs or taking a brisk walk. The patients completed questionnaires about their sexual activity. In the months leading up to their heart attack, nearly 15 percent did not have sex during this time, almost 5 percent had sex less than once per month, about 25 percent had sex less than once a week, and 55 percent had sex at least once weekly. The researchers analyzed the sexual activity the patients experienced in the 12 months before their heart ... Read more

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Impotence Linked to Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 20 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 – Men who experience impotence may face twice the risk of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes compared to men without such sexual problems, a new study suggests. "This effect was more significant among middle-aged men 40 to 59 years old," said lead researcher Dr. Sean Skeldon, a resident in family medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada. "The probability of having undiagnosed diabetes increased from one in 50 in men without erectile dysfunction, to one in 10 in men with erectile dysfunction," Skeldon said. It's important to note this study only found a link between impotence and type 2 diabetes. It didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between the health issues. The report was published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. For the study, Skeldon's team collected data on more than 4,500 men 20 and older who took part in the U.S. ... Read more

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Viagra, Other ED Meds Won't Raise Melanoma Risk

Posted 23 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – Could impotence drugs like Viagra, Cialis or Levitra raise a man's odds for melanoma skin cancer? A new review of data involving over 20,000 men does find a slightly higher risk of the disease in men who took erectile dysfunction drugs versus those who didn't. However, the researchers believe the bump in risk is tied to lifestyle factors that men who take impotence medications indulge in – such as tanning – rather than the pills themselves. "The bottom-line is that we found no evidence of a causal relationship between any type of erectile dysfunction drug and an increased risk for either melanoma or basal cell carcinoma," said study lead researcher Dr. Stacy Loeb, a urologist with NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. The study, which received no funding from the pharmaceutical industry, is published in the June 23 issue of the Journal of the American ... Read more

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Impotence Drugs Don't Fix All Sexual Concerns: Study

Posted 23 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 – Popping a little blue pill doesn't guarantee that an older man will be happy with his sex life, British researchers report. Men who take drugs like Viagra and Cialis continue to express more concern and dissatisfaction with their overall sex life, compared with men who don't suffer from erectile dysfunction, according to results of a survey conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester. These men also are more likely to worry about their erections, orgasms, level of sexual desire and frequency of sexual activity, said David Lee, a research fellow on aging at the university's School of Social Sciences. "Their sexual function improved, but these men weren't reporting that they were any happier with their sexual relations with their partner," Lee said. Men taking Viagra-type drugs also were more sexually active and more frequently engaged in sexual ... Read more

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Illegal Online Meds Targeted in Worldwide Crackdown, FDA Says

Posted 25 May 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 – Illegal online pharmacies that sell unapproved and potentially dangerous prescription drugs to Americans were targeted this week in a worldwide operation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. More than 19,600 packages containing medicines supposedly from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Great Britain were seized in the action, which involved authorities from 111 countries, the FDA said in a news release. The packages actually contained unapproved or suspected fake drugs from countries such as China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore and Taiwan, as well as Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain, the agency reported. In the United States, officials inspected shipments at international mail facilities in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City and seized or detained 583 packages. Many of the packages contained illegal prescription ... Read more

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Viagra, Cialis May Help Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients

Posted 7 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 – Drugs normally prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction in adult males may help boys who have a muscle disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, according to a new study. In the small study including just 10 boys with the disease, researchers found that the popular drugs Viagra and Cialis improved blood flow to the boys' weakened muscles. "Boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy have a blood flow abnormality – delivery of blood and oxygen to their muscles – that does not increase the way it should during mild exercise," said lead researcher Dr. Ronald Victor, the associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. Because the blood vessels do not enlarge in a normal way in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, muscles are starved for oxygen, according to Victor. Cialis and Viagra work by enlarging blood vessels, thus increasing blood flow, which is ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Revatio (sildenafil): Drug Safety Communication - FDA Clarifies Warning About Pediatric Use for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Posted 31 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is clarifying its previous recommendation related to prescribing Revatio (sildenafil) for children with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Revatio is FDA-approved only to treat PAH in adults, not in children; however, health care professionals must consider whether the benefits of treatment with the drug are likely to outweigh its potential risks for each patient. FDA revised the Revatio drug label in August 2012, adding a warning stating that “use of Revatio, particularly chronic use, is not recommended in children.” This recommendation was based on an observation of increasing mortality with increasing Revatio doses in a long-term clinical trial in pediatric patients with PAH. FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication at that time. There may be situations in which the benefit-risk profile of Revatio may be acceptable in individual children, for example, when other tre ... Read more

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Thousands of Dangerous Erection Cases Seen in ERs Each Year, Study Finds

Posted 2 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 29 – A new study suggests that thousands of men seek care in U.S. emergency rooms each year for the painful condition known as priapism – an erection that lasts too long and threatens to permanently harm the penis. The researchers estimated that it costs $124 million a year on average to treat priapism at hospitals. "We're not talking about a massive problem, but it's more common than we thought," said study author Dr. Daniel Stein, chief resident with the urology department at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. It's not clear how many of an estimated 10,000 cases annually are due to a side effect of Viagra and similar impotence drugs, but urologists say they've seen very few men suffering from the infamous four-hour-plus erections that TV ads warn about. Sickle cell disease actually may be responsible for a much higher number of cases. Stein said ... Read more

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