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Date:5/19/2010

rpose of these medications. They note that although now used mainly for erectile dysfunction, this class of drugs was initially prescribed for the treatment of pulmonary high blood pressure.

"PDE-5i medications work in erectile dysfunction patients by their ability to increase blood flow to certain tissues in the body," said McGwin. "It has been hypothesized that they may have a similar effect on similar tissues in the ear, where an increase of blood flow could potentially cause damage leading to hearing loss."

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For more on erectile dysfunction medications and hearing loss, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



-- Alan Mozes



SOURCE: University of Alabama at Birmingham, news release, May 17, 2010


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