Nursing: Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Drug Treatment Options

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About the Course

Advanced practice nurses (APNs) have responsibilities that encompass all aspects of primary and, in some cases, specialized patient care. APNs are challenged to understand the significance of erectile dysfunction (ED) and to recognize and manage it. This course provides thorough information to promote the understanding of this condition. In turn, this will greatly contribute to their patients’ sexual health and quality of life. As primary health care professionals, it is imperative that APNs clearly understand the pathology of ED and steps to reduce its impact. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Identify three types of erections.
  • Name two components of sexual arousal.
  • Describe three lifestyle choices that may help counter ED.
  • Discuss the potential overlap between cardiovascular disease and ED.
  • Explain the biologic mechanism of supporting a healthy erection.
  • Name the PDE-5 inhibitor most susceptible to a clinically relevant food effect.
  • Identify a class of medications that should never be coadministered with PDE-5 inhibitors.
  • Discuss one nonpharmacologic treatment for ED.

About the Author:
Bradley Gillespie, PharmD

Dr. Gillespie trained as a clinical pharmacist, He has practiced in an industrial setting for 25+ years. His initial role was as a clinical pharmacology and biopharmaceutics reviewer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, followed by 20 years of leading early development programs in the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries. In addition to his industrial focus, Dr. Gillespie remains a registered pharmacist, enjoys mentoring drug development scientists and health professionals, and leading workshops and developing continuing education programs for pharmacy, nursing, and other medical professionals.

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