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Scientists discover boost for men

2 January 2017, 8:38:12

Online Desk:A once-a-day tablet taken by sufferers of incontinence may be a new way to treat flagging libido in men.

Doctors say the drug Mirabegron could provide an alternative for up to one in three men who fail to respond to Viagra-type medications.

A pilot study from Johns Hopkins University in America has shown it is effective, following the serendipitous discovery that people prescribed Mirabegron did not suffer the common side effect of taking beta-blockers – erectile dysfunction (ED).

Defined as the inability to develop and maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse, ED is a common problem, with studies suggesting that one in five men over 40 have at least a ‘moderate’ dysfunction.

The incidence increases with age and it can occur as a result of vascular issues, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and atherosclerosis or furring up of the arteries, which affect blood flow.

It can also happen after prostate surgery.

The use of Viagra (active ingredient sildenafil) is increasing rapidly, according to statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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