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Erectile Dysfunction Drug Helps Men with Spinal Cord Injury

Erectile Dysfunction Drug Helps Men with Spinal Cord Injury

GARCHE, France, Sept. 11 -- Tadalafil (Cialis) may help some men with spinal cord injuries have erections sufficient for satisfactory sex, reported European investigators.

In a double-blind study, men with erectile dysfunction secondary to spinal cord injury who took tadalafil reported a significantly greater number of successful penetration attempts and intercourse attempts than men who took a placebo, reported Franois Giuliano, M.D, Ph.D., of Raymond Poincar Hospital here, and colleagues.

"Tadalafil was administered on demand and significantly improved erectile function, compared with placebo, in men who developed erectile dysfunction following a traumatic spinal cord injury," they wrote online in the Archives of Neurology.

The mean patient age was 38 (range 18 to 36). All patients had erectile dysfunction secondary to spinal cord injury of at least six months duration from injuries at all spinal levels.

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