Newsday – MORE younger men have been using erectile dysfunction medication Viagra compared to older men, said medical director of St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital Dr Samuel Shafe.

He was speaking Wednesday during a virtual meeting of the Rotary Club of Port of Spain and giving a presentation on mental health and men.

He said some of the mental health issues faced by men include depression; substance abuse (typically a co-problem); anxiety disorder; sleep disorder; mood disorder; schizophrenia, which is the most difficult to manage; and sexual disorders. He explained the sexual disorders men experience are male erectile disorder, premature ejaculation, sexual desire disorder and impotence.

Shafe said it is assumed that mostly older men were using Viagra, but more younger men in their 20s and 30s have been using the medication.

“A lot of younger men are using the sex-enhancing medication compared to older men.”

He said the sexual disorders would affect the psychology of the man and could have a devastating impact on them, especially if they are in a relationship.

“It can lead to stress in a relationship, low self-esteem, irritability, aggressive behaviour and problems with the relationship.”

Shafe stressed erectile dysfunction may also be due to a medical condition, difficulty in a relationship or inability to trust.

The drug Sildenafil, which has been sold under the brand Viagra since 1998, is a common medication used to stimulate erections in men with erectile dysfunction and to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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