Sildenafil orodispersible film in the treatment of erectile dysfunction after radical prostatectomy: A single-centre open-label uncontrolled trial.

Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors are the first-line therapy for erectile dysfunction (ED) after radical prostatectomy (RP). This single-centre open-label uncontrolled study evaluated the efficacy and safety of the new sildenafil orodispersible film (ODF) in ED treatment after RP. Sildenafil 100 mg ODF was administered twice a week for 3 months to patients under 75 years of age, with a Framingham cardiovascular risk score < 20% and a pre-operative International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF)-5 score ≥ 17, who had undergone open RP between 2016 and 2018. Erectile function was assessed pre-operatively, post-operatively and after treatment through the IIEF-5 score, the Sexual Encounter Profile Question (SEP-Q) 2 and SEP-Q3; adverse events (AE) were also investigated after 3 months. A total of 65 patients with a median (25th-75th percentile) post-operative IIEF-5 score of 8 (7-9) were treated. Nine (13.8%) patients reported AE of mild/moderate grade and discontinued treatment. A significant IIEF-5 score median (25th-75th percentile) increase of 10 (0-12) was found after treatment in the other 56 patients (p < .001). Sildenafil 100 mg ODF was effective in ED after RP in terms of improved IIEF-5 score and improved SEP-Q2 and SEP-Q3 in 67.9% of patients. It could represent a valid alternative for those patients with low compliance to tablet intake.

Andrologia. 2020 Jun 05 [Epub ahead of print]

Carlo Pavone, Alberto Abrate, Sonia Agiato, Sandro Billeci, Gabriele Tulone, Marco Vella, Vincenzo Serretta, Alchiede Simonato

Department of Surgical, Oncological and Oral Sciences, Section of Urology, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy.

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