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Comparative study of papaverine plus phentolamine versus prostaglandin E1 in erectile dysfunction.

Author(s): Bechara A, Casabe A, Cheliz G, Romano S, Rey H, Fredotovich N

Affiliation(s): Urology Division, Hospital Durand, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Publication date & source: 1997-06, J Urol., 157(6):2132-4.

Publication type: Clinical Trial; Randomized Controlled Trial

PURPOSE: We compared the efficacy and short-term adverse effects of 1 ml. 30 mg./ml. papaverine plus 0.5 mg./ml. phentolamine versus 1 ml. 30 micrograms./ml. prostaglandin E1 in patients undergoing pharmacological erection testing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 60 patients (mean age 58 years) with a history of sexual erectile dysfunction longer than 6 months was randomly classified into 6 groups to be tested 1 week apart with the 2 solutions and with placebo to evaluate erection response and short-term adverse effects. RESULTS: Of the patients tested with papaverine plus phentolamine 54% responded with erections adequate for penetration, compared to 50% of those tested with prostaglandin E1 (p > 0.05). Prolonged erection occurred in 18% of patients tested with papaverine plus phentolamine and 15% of those tested with prostaglandin E1 (p > 0.05). Pain was reported by 15 and 35% of patients, respectively (p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: One ml. 30 mg./ml. papaverine plus 0.5 mg./ml. phentolamine has the same efficacy and equal prolonged erection rate as 1 ml. 30 micrograms./ml. prostaglandin E1 but the latter agent induces significantly more pain.

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