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How do erectile dysfunction (ED) medications help people with prostate problems?

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ED medications relax blood vessels in the penis to help with erections. Researchers think they may also help relax your bladder muscles, which can help ease your BPH symptoms. Other studies suggest that ED medications may also help men who can't completely empty their bladders.

Tadalafil (Cialis) is the only ED drug that the FDA has approved to treat BPH. Besides making your bladder problems get better, it also lowers the chance that you'll need prostate surgery.

From: ED Meds and Your Prostate Health WebMD Medical Reference

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Medscape.

Mayo Clinic: "Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms," "ED: Viagra and Other Oral Medications," "Prostate Gland Enlargement;" and "Tadalafil (Oral Route)."

National Association for Continence: "Enlarged Prostate."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Medscape.

Mayo Clinic: "Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms," "ED: Viagra and Other Oral Medications," "Prostate Gland Enlargement;" and "Tadalafil (Oral Route)."

National Association for Continence: "Enlarged Prostate."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 25, 2017

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