Study Suggests Viagra May Reduce MS Symptoms

A study conducted by researchers from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona suggests that Viagra, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction in men, may also have the means to reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms. The said drug, also known by its medical name sildenafil, has been known to drastically reduce MS symptoms in animal models. The results of the research was published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica.

The research team, composed of members from the UAB Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine in collaboration with members of the UAB Institute of Neurosciences, has studies the effects of sildenafil in an animal model of multiple sclerosis known as experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis or EAE. The research team showed that treating mice suffering from EAE with sildenafil daily after the onset of the disease can quickly reduce clinical signs of the said disease. After 8 days of the same treatment, the research team saw a complete recovery in 50 percent of the cases.

The researchers observed how the drug was able to reduce the infiltration of inflammatory cells into the white matter of the spinal cord. This action prompted a reduction of damage to the nerve cells and helped aid in myelin repair. The researchers are confident that clinical trials involving human patients will soon be underway.

Source: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2011, May 19). Viagra could reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms, study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 31, 2011, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2011/05/110519090354.htm

 
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