Case scenario

Mr McMillan is a 75-year-old male and a regular patient of the pharmacy who is currently being treated for his BPH with prazosin. He reports that the prazosin started 6 months ago by his urologist has improved his nocturnal frequency. Mr McMillan also takes rosuvastatin 10 mg and perindopril 2 mg for the management of hypercholesterolemia and mild hypertension respectively. He has no other comorbidities nor allergies. As the pharmacist about to speak with Mr McMillan, you also wonder how his libido and erectile function are going, remembering that he is less likely to mention it.

Learning objectives

After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss the link between erectile dysfunction, lower urinary tract symptoms and benign prostatic hypertrophy.
  • Summarise pharmacological treatment options for erectile dysfunction.
  • Explain the role of the pharmacist in the management of erectile dysfunction in the primary care setting.

Competency standards addressed (2016): 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.5

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Introduction

One of the more challenging conversations to have with a male patient or their doctor is perhaps sexual and or urinary healt

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