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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

versão impressa ISSN 1413-8123versão On-line ISSN 1678-4561

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DUARTE, Daniel Vanti; RESTREPO-MENDEZ, María Clara  e  SILVEIRA, Mariângela Freitas da. Prevalence of erectile dysfunction oral drugs use in a city of southern Brazil. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2017, vol.22, n.8, pp.2763-2770. ISSN 1413-8123.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1413-81232017228.24952015.

The last decade has seen a breakthrough in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) with the advent of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors. There are few population-based observational studies on the prevalence of use of these drugs. We conducted a cross-sectional population-based study in the city of Pelotas (Brazil). Our sample comprised 1,082 men aged 20 years or older who answered a confidential and self-administered questionnaire. Prevalence of EDD use was 5% (IC95% = 4%;7%). ED and advanced age were strongly associated with a higher prevalence of EDD use. ED prevalence in men who used EDD was 68%, which was much higher than the one found in the entire sample (27%). The use of EDD was more frequently reported among separated men, respondents with higher level of education and those without ED. A high proportion of respondents (68%) did not seek medical advice on the use of EDD. Sildenafil was the most commonly used drug (38%) but non-regulated and non-evidence-based drugs were also frequently used (14%). Prevalence of EDD use is higher among individuals with ED, opposing to the notion of recreational use of EDD.

Palavras-chave : Erectile dysfunction; Prevalence; Medication; Cross sectional.

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