Urologist recommends daily Viagra to prevent impotence

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7379.9/a (Published 4 January 2003)
Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:9.2

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  1. Ray Moynihan
  1. Washington

    Sildenafil (Viagra), which is approved to treat erectile dysfunction, could now be taken daily to prevent it, a high profile professor of urology has advised.

    Professor Irwin Goldstein of Boston University, Massachusetts, said at a recent continuing medical education event (sponsored chiefly by the drug's manufacturer, Pfizer) that he was a “strong believer” in taking sildenafil on a daily basis to “prevent impotence.”

    Before a large audience of primary care doctors and others attending a sexual function update at New York University in December, Professor Goldstein said he had “hundreds of men” using Viagra for prevention: “If you would like to be sexually active in five years' time, take a quarter …

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