Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
FREITAS, Vanessa Mello de; MENEZES, Fabiana Gatti de; ANTONIALLI, Michele Melo Silva and NASCIMENTO, Jorge Willian Leandro. Use of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors by college students. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.5, pp.965-967. Epub Aug 21, 2008. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102008005000046.
The objective of this study was to identify the use of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors among university students from the city of Sao Paulo (SP) in Brazil. Male students (n=350) replied to a questionnaire about diagnosis of erectile dysfunction, the frequency and reason for the use of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, the specific medication used, whether their use was accompanied by a medical prescription and any reported side-effects. The results shows that a total of 53 (14.7%) students had already used this kind of medication without a prescription or medical diagnosis for erectile dysfunction, of which 53% reported using sildenafil, 37% tadalafil and 10% vardenafil. The main adverse side-effects reported were headache (23%) and flushing (10%) and the main reasons for using the inhibitor were curiosity (70%) and erectile improvement (12%).
Keywords : Students; Self Medication; Erectile Dysfunction; Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors [administration & dosage]; Questionnaires [utilization].