How is sexual dysfunction characterized in multiple sclerosis (MS), and how is it treated?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Sexual dysfunction in patients with MS may be associated with other symptoms of the disease, such as fatigue, spasticity, depression and bowel dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is common in men with MS and may be treated with oral phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE-5) inhibitors such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), or vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn); for more information, see Erectile Dysfunction. Penile prostheses are an alternative for men with erectile dysfunction who do not respond to medical management.


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