Current treatment of impotence: Viagra and other options

Br J Nurs. 1999;8(4):235-41. doi: 10.12968/bjon.1999.8.4.6692.


This article looks at the current treatment of impotence and recent developments in the pharmacological treatment of erectile dysfunction. Sildenafil (Viagra) threatens to become the most costly drug treatment within the NHS, but its value may be overestimated and its effectiveness under-researched. This oral treatment has received a lot of recent press attention and is perhaps overshadowing the value of established treatment regimens. Pharmacological treatment may also fail to tackle the important psychological problems often associated with this distressing condition.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Erectile Dysfunction / drug therapy*
  • Erectile Dysfunction / physiopathology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors / pharmacology
  • Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Piperazines / pharmacology
  • Piperazines / therapeutic use*
  • Psychotherapy
  • Purines
  • Sildenafil Citrate
  • Sulfones


  • Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors
  • Piperazines
  • Purines
  • Sulfones
  • Sildenafil Citrate