Erectile medication reduced suicide in Sweden Science


Reduced erectile dysfunction appears to reduce male suicide. The idea is that in a depressed person, sexual desire is also impaired. As it improves and there is more sex, the mood of the depressed also improves.

In July 2013, Viagrana was a well-known erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil the patent expired in Sweden. The medicine has been sold under different names. The most famous name is probably Viagra.

In Sweden, a batch of 12 tablets, such as Viagra, cost about SEK 1,200, or about 118 euros, before the patent expired.

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When the patent expired, the price of sildenafil fell. A pack of sildenafil cost only SEK 300, or just under EUR 30.

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According to statistics, 62,000 Swedish men used sildenafil every year between 2007 and 2012. The number of users rose to 101,000 in 2014–2017.

Professor of Public Health Ralph Catalano The University of California, Berkeley, decided to investigate whether the price of an erectile dysfunction drug affected the number of suicides.

She studied the monthly suicides of Swedish men aged 50-59 at different times in the 2010s.

According to the researchers, that age group was chosen first because the number of prescriptions in the 50-59 age group that received sildenafil grew the fastest after 2013.

Another reason was that in Sweden, historically, the highest number of suicides have been reported in this age group.

Catalano and his team compiled statistics for 120 months from January 2005 to December 2014.

They showed that in the months following the expiration of the patent, i.e. after July 2013, the number of suicides in the age group decreased.

Monitoring was carried out 18 months after the fall in prices. During that time, 65 suicides remained that might otherwise have been committed.

It was statistically established that this relationship could not be due to, for example, season, incorrect sample weighting, or incorrect causal relationship.

Research suggests that a healthy sex life provides protection against depression. For example, it can increase feelings of happiness and togetherness.

A person who commits suicide may feel more than before that he or she is wanted and that he or she has dignity, the researchers say.

A study by Catalano was published Public Journal of Public Health European Journal of Epidemiology. Thence also wrote Sapienjournal.


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