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Efficacy of Phosphodiesterase Type 5 Inhibitor Treatment in Men with Erectile Dysfunction and Dyslipidemia: A Post Hoc Analysis of the Vardenafil Statin Study


Martin Miner, MD, Swansea Family Practice, Brown University School of Medicine, 479 Swansea Mall Drive, Swansea, 02777 MA, USA. Tel: 5086725300; Fax: 5086729987; E-mail:


Introduction.  Dyslipidemia occurs often in subjects with erectile dysfunction (ED), but there is little information about how this condition affects ED treatment responses.

Aim.  To determine whether low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels, total cholesterol (TC)/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) ratio; or the presence of metabolic syndrome influenced efficacy of vardenafil in men with ED and dyslipidemia.

Methods.  Post hoc subgroup analysis of a 12-week study of the influence of lipid levels and presence of metabolic syndrome on the efficacy of vardenafil as measured by International Index of Erectile Function-Erectile Function (IIEF-EF) domain score, responses to Sexual Encounter Profile (SEP) SEP2 and SEP3 questions, duration of erection leading to successful intercourse, and erection duration regardless of the answer to SEP3. Lipid values were obtained at study start, after patients had received at least 3 months of therapy with a statin.

Main Outcome Measures.  Outcomes in subjects with LDL-C <100, ≥100 to <130, or ≥130 mg/dL [<2.59, ≥2.59 to <3.36, or ≥3.36 mmol/L]; TC/HDL-C ratio <3.5 vs. ≥3.5, and presence or absence of metabolic syndrome.

Results.  Vardenafil improved all endpoints evaluated compared with placebo in all subgroups, however, nominally significant treatment by subgroup interaction terms did not follow a distinct pattern. Increasing LDL-C (P = 0.033), but not TC/HDL-C ratio or metabolic syndrome, was associated with an increase in treatment response measured by the IIEF-EF domain score. Responses to SEP3 were nominally influenced by LDL-C levels (P = 0.019), but were not significantly influenced by TC/HDL-C ratio, or the metabolic syndrome. Only higher TC/HDL-C ratios (≥3.5) were associated with larger treatment differences in duration of erection leading to successful intercourse (P = 0.028).

Conclusions.  Vardenafil was effective in men with dyslipidemia regardless of LDL-C levels, TC/HDL-C ratio, and/or presence of metabolic syndrome. Despite the known presence of ED and dyslipidemia, other cardiovascular risk factors were apparently not aggressively managed. Miner MM, Barnes A, and Janning S. Efficacy of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor treatment in men with erectile dysfunction and dyslipidemia: A post hoc analysis of the vardenafil statin study. J Sex Med 2010;7:1937–1947.

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