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ED Drugs Before and After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

ED Drugs Before and After Prostate Cancer DiagnosisMany men develop erectile dysfunction (ED) as a result of prostate cancer treatment. Surgery and other therapies can damage the nerves that men need to get a firm erection.

While the physical implications of ED can be troublesome enough, men are also deeply affected by the psychological and emotional aspects. In addition to coping with cancer and its treatment, men might feel depressed and anxious over ED. Their relationships – and overall quality of life – may suffer.

Patients are often encouraged to try ED medications, such as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. The drug alprostadil, which may be injected or used as a suppository, may also help.

However, the degree to which prostate cancer patients use these medications and the socioeconomic factors that drive this use have not been widely studied.

Recently, The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study by Swedish researchers who examined this issue in that country. Let’s take a closer look.

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