Preliminary results of a small study may indicate that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may help alleviate erectile dysfunction (ED) in men who have little reaction to Viagra.
Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of vascular problems and abnormalities in blood vessel linings. ED can therefore be an early sign of atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque in the arteries.
Erectile dysfunction occurs because the body, in those circumstances, can no longer make enough nitric oxide.
Viagra allows the body to hold onto what little nitric oxide it manufactures in order to create an erection. Patients who did not respond to Viagra at first, but were given Lipitor and then Viagra again, reported some improvement.The study was supported by an unrestricted medical center grant from Pfizer.
Not so long ago, I posted a report in which a professor of neurology called statins Viagra for the brain. Bet he never suspected his off-hand comment about this dangerous class of drugs would be tested in a laboratory setting ...
That the funding for this study comes from Pfizer, manufacturers of Lipitor, is a potential giant red flag. It has been my experience that most medical studies funded by the manufacturers seem to come up with some justification for continued or new uses for their drugs.
Of course, if the results are negative and do not support the use of the drugs, the study results are buried in the rear drawer of their filing cabinets and will never see the light of day.
It's not terribly surprising that a drug that affects the cardiovascular system would have some kind of effect on ED, considering that such problems are the earliest indicator of a cardiovascular problem.
But you don't need potentially dangerous drugs like Lipitor or Viagra -- - to solve this problem. If you're willing to make some simple lifestyle changes that cost you nothing more than your time, you frequently can resolve this issue: