TITLE

ORAL MEDICATIONS FOR ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION: MODE OF ACTION AND TREATMENT ISSUES

AUTHOR(S)
Casey, Richard
PUB. DATE
October 1998
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Fall98, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p203
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article describes the physiological processes involved in penile erection and uses this information to explain the mode of action of oral medications used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). The high prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) in North America has been well documented, as have the various biomedical treatments used in treatment. The emergence of sildenafil (Viagra), an effective, easy to-use, and relatively low risk oral medication, has given this issue wide publicity and, in the process, altered the landscape for public and professional education about ED and its treatment. Since ED can cause considerable distress, it was assumed that many men were not seeking treatment due to embarrassment, resignation, acceptance or discomfort with the available treatment methods. Pharmacological agents can facilitate erection by enhancing the natural processes that induce erection or by inhibiting the processes that maintain flaccidity. The preceding observations indicate that sexual arousal in men involves a complex interaction of physiological and subjective processes.
ACCESSION #
1515088

 

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