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What are some potential future treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
Researchers are working to develop new approaches for erectile dysfunction (ED). Some potential future treatments include:
  • Dopamine boosters: One such medication called apomorphine (Uprima) appears to raise levels of the brain chemical dopamine, which increases sexual interest and sensations. The drug is available in Europe but not the U.S.
  • Melanocortin inhibitors: Early studies suggest that this class of drugs may trigger erections in men with psychological causes of ED.
  • Topiglan: This topical form of aprostidal (the same drug found in penile injections and suppositories) is being studied but so far appears safe and effective.

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