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
22
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Cialis)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (5) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

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

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 (14 evaluations)
Side effects
flushing back pain 6 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Cialis)
Perceived effectiveness
for erectile dysfunction (10 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty with orgasm headaches 5 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
feeling intoxicated hunger 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood aphasia 6 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (5) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness with disorientation drug induced psychosis 5 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
somnolence tension headache 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (1)
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)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) erectile dysfunction 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drug dependence
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (4)
  • 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 1
20s 23
30s 50
40s 55
50s 123
60s 101
70+ 45
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6
20-29 years 17
30-39 years 27
40-49 years 46
50-59 years 35
60-69 years 13
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 385
Female 15

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 149
Not Diagnosed 47

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