TITLE

SEXUAL EFFECTS OF MEDICATIONS AND THEIR INTERACTION: IMPLICATION FOR MEN WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES OR CHRONIC ILLNESS

AUTHOR(S)
Gajewski, Jerzy B.
PUB. DATE
October 1998
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Fall98, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p287
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article summarizes common medical conditions and medications that can contribute to erectile difficulties. The association between chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, renal and liver failure, genital and other cancers, and erectile dysfunction is described. The experience of erectile difficulties can have a significant impact on a man's self-esteem, personal relationships, professional work, and quality of life. Erectile dysfunction (ED) has been identified as a major causes of emotional stress and marital discord. Medical conditions and the medications used to treat a patient can affect various aspects of sexual functioning and relationships. Here the focus is on ED because it is the most frequently reported sexual problem in the age group of men (40-70 years old) that is also most likely to have the medical conditions to be discussed. Some of the drugs have been identified which act at more than one site to interfere with erectile function. It is advised that health professionals to be made aware of the underlying mode of action and pharmacophysiology of different medications, and to engage patients in discussion and decision-making when weighing the possible sexual side effects of both their condition and the treatment.
ACCESSION #
1515094

 

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