Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) publishes study by UNM Health Sciences Center doctors, on using Viagra to counteract side-effects of antidepressant drugs.

            Drs. H. George Nurnberg, Paula Hensley, John Lauriello and Ms. Susan Paine, of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, have conducted a three-center study that shows Viagra effective in treating sexual dysfunction in men who use anti-depressant medications.

          "Our Viagra study is the first prospective, well-controlled trial to demonstrate significant efficacy and effectiveness of an antidote for treating anti-depressant associated sexual dysfunction," said Nurnberg.  "We are a leading center in studies on Viagra for both men and women with antidepressant associated sexual dysfunction."

           The study was conducted with 90 males, ages 18-55 with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD) in remission.  It was required that the participants were on certain antidepressants, and had not experienced sexual dysfunction before taking the medication.  The study ran as a 6-week double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with 11 to 17 weeks extension from November 1, 2000 thru January 1, 2001.

The trial found that Viagra effectively improved sexual function in men who experienced sexual side effects from taking antidepressant medication.  Dr. Hensley reported, "In the registration trials for sildenafil, there was a fairly wide range of efficacy dependent on medical conditions causing erectile dysfunction.  Our highest rates of efficacy rival the highest in those trials."

The University of New Mexico has been a leader in conducting this line of study.  This study was the first well-controlled trial to demonstrate significant efficacy and effectiveness in treating the sexual side-effects many patients experience when taking anti-depressants, and was recently published in the January 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322

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