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Best Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction?
I recently consulted an endocrinologist who gave me a shot of something called "obecalp" for erectile dysfunction. He said it was some sort of androgen enhancer. Is this a legitimate chemical that is safe and effective?
Answer (Published 11/30/2009)
"Obecalp" is "placebo" spelled backwards. It might help – treatment with inactive placebos (inert substances used in evaluation of new drug treatments) works about one-third of the time in scientific studies when patients don’t know they’re getting a fake drug. Placebos are generally safe since they contain no known active agent. (However, I personally never give patients inactive placebos, and many physicians regard them as unethical.)
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for intercourse. Because ED can have a strong psychological component, counseling with a psychotherapist or sex therapist often works. However, more often ED is a symptom of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, both of which can impair blood supply to the penis. In addition, many medications interfere with sexual functioning.
Here are some non-drug (and cost-free) approaches to resolving ED:
In addition, the following supplements may help:
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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