Erectile dysfunction

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What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual performance.

Common symptoms reported by people with erectile dysfunction

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with erectile dysfunction

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Viagra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Cialis)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)

Data from patients with erectile dysfunction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with erectile dysfunction

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Viagra)
Perceived effectiveness
for erectile dysfunction (10 evaluations)
Side effects
facial flushing flushing 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Cialis)
Perceived effectiveness
for erectile dysfunction (8 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty with orgasm nausea 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction decreased sex drive (libido) 7 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drug dependence
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (4 evaluations)
Side effects
shakiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
hunger
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
cognitive impairment occasional euphoria
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with erectile dysfunction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has erectile dysfunction on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 26
30s 62
40s 64
50s 128
60s 112
70+ 50
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6
20-29 years 20
30-39 years 28
40-49 years 47
50-59 years 35
60-69 years 14
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 435
Female 15

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 152
Not Diagnosed 49

These charts show data from erectile dysfunction patients who have completed their condition history
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