Abandoning Viagra

Since 1998, Viagra has helped millions of men regain a sex life lost due to erectile dysfunction (ED). But in a recent study out of Wieden, Germany, it appears not everyone stays on the medication.

The investigators prospectively assessed 234 participants with mixed erectile dysfunction at three independent urological centers and successfully started all patients on Viagra at a strength of between 50 and 100 mg. Each participant was required to have had their ED symptoms for at least 6 months. During the study, those that failed to refill their prescription within 6 months were contacted via telephone on their use of Viagra.

A total of 31% of participants quit taking Viagra citing reasons of lack of opportunity or desire for intercourse in themselves or a lack of desire for intercourse in their partner as primary in their stopping the drug. A total of 40% had no opportunity or desire for intercourse themselves while 23% reported a lack of desire on the part of their partner as the reason they stopped taking Viagra. The high cost of the medicine was cited as the reasons for quitting in 12% and side effects prompted discontinuation in only 5% taking the drug.

Participants who discontinued Viagra were more likely to be older and to have a multitude of situational reasons for abandoning the drug.

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