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
11
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Cialis)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (9)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)

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 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness upon standing facial flushing 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Cialis)
Perceived effectiveness
for erectile dysfunction (4 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty with orgasm sinus congestion
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
erectile dysfunction (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
low testosterone oversleeping (too much sleep) 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (4 evaluations)
Side effects
increased wakefulness shakiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
erectile dysfunction shaky hands 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
hunger
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
ejaculation delayed ejaculation difficult 4 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
  • 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?

  • 4 new patients joined this month
  • 274 say erectile dysfunction is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 34
30s 99
40s 91
50s 122
60s 150
70+ 67
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 21
30-39 years 30
40-49 years 48
50-59 years 36
60-69 years 14
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 548
Female 23

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 159
Not Diagnosed 48

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