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Viagra Won't Help, and May Harm, Patients With a Heart Valve Disorder

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – When one of the heart's valves goes awry, this can lead to dangerously high blood pressure in the nearby lungs. Recent studies have suggested that the impotence drug Viagra (sildenafil) might help ease the problem, known as "pulmonary hypertension linked to valvular heart disease." But new research suggests the medicine might do the opposite – raising patients' heart risks instead. In what he called a "surprise" finding, "six-month treatment with sildenafil leads to worse clinical outcomes than placebo," said lead researcher Dr. Javier Bermejo, a cardiologist at University Gregorio Maranon General Hospital in Madrid, Spain. The bottom line, he said: "Long-term usage of sildenafil for treating residual pulmonary hypertension in patients with valvular heart disease should be avoided." Bermejo spoke in a news release from the annual meeting of the European ... Read more

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Viagra Might Make for a Safer, More Effective Stent

Posted 11 Jul 2017 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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'Female Viagra' May Lift a Younger Woman's Libido

Posted 14 May 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 14, 2017 – If a woman's sex drive has waned to the point where she's distressed about it, or the issue is causing relationship problems, the medication dubbed "female Viagra" may help, a review of several studies suggests. First approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015, the drug flibanserin (Addyi) may improve sexual desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain in premenopausal women, said lead researcher Dr. Michael Krychman. But the drug by itself may not be an all-encompassing cure for a woman's low libido, he said. "Sexual health and wellness is a multifactorial issue, so it's not uncommon for women to have more than one sexual problem or sexual complaint," Krychman said. He is executive director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship, in Newport Beach. Low sexual desire can be troubling and affect a woman's ... Read more

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Impotence Meds Might Give Men's Hearts a Boost, Too

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Men taking Viagra, Levitra or Cialis to revitalize their sex life might experience a valuable side benefit: enhanced heart health, researchers say. Those erectile dysfunction drugs, called PDE5 inhibitors, appear to reduce a man's risk of death or heart failure after a first heart attack, according to preliminary study findings. Men taking this type of ED drug had a 33 percent reduced risk of death within three years of their first heart attack, compared to men not taking the PDE5 inhibitor, said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Andersson. The men also experienced a 40 percent reduced risk of subsequent hospitalization for heart failure, said Andersson, a postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Further, it appeared that taking more of the drug increased the survival advantage, he added. "We also find a dose-dependent relationship between ... 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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Male Sexual Enhancement Supplements Often Ineffective, Possibly Harmful: Study

Posted 13 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 – There's no proof that over-the-counter sexual enhancement supplements for men work, and some are potentially dangerous, a new study reports. Many men seeking medical help for sexual health issues report using dietary supplements. But with little regulation of dosage or ingredients, the health effects of these products are unknown, the researchers said in background notes. And many of these products contain traces of an ingredient used in drugs like Viagra that can be dangerous to men with certain health problems, the researchers added. The researchers identified top-selling male sexual-help supplements and analyzed the ingredients, including those in products marketed to enhance erections, desire and sexual performance. "While certain natural supplements we reviewed show promise for improving mild sexual dysfunction, they lack robust human evidence," study ... 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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