Viagra could be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of age-related dementia (Joe Giddens / PA) (PA Archive)

Erectile dysfunction drug Viagra may be linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.

Researchers found that the use of Viagra (also called sildenafil) was associated with a 69% reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, taking into account other factors such as gender, race and age.

Experts in Cleveland, United States, analyzed insurance claim data from more than seven million people and used computer modeling to find drugs that could target areas of dementia.

They found that men taking Viagra had a significantly lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and called for more research into its potential use.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of age-related dementia, affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and there is currently no effective treatment.

The authors of the new study said they couldn’t say for sure that there is a causal relationship between Viagra and Alzheimer’s disease, but requested that it be tested in a clinical trial.

Lead investigator Dr Feixiong Cheng, of the Cleveland Clinic, said the results were encouraging, but more work was needed.

“Because our results only establish an association between the use of sildenafil and a reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, we now plan a mechanistic trial and a phase II randomized clinical trial to test the causality and confirm the clinical benefits of the drug. sildenafil for Alzheimer’s patients, ”he said.

Viagra was originally developed as a medicine for the heart, but doctors also found that it improved blood flow to the penis.

At least two-thirds of men have improved their erections after taking it, according to the NHS.

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