Prolonged erections, priapism, secondary to pharmacologic stimulation are usually treated by drainage of the corporeal bodies and irrigation with a sympathomimetic. To study the efficacy of oral medical therapy in the treatment of priapism, 75 patients with pharmacologically induced (prostaglandin E 1) prolonged erections were randomized to receive terbutaline, pseudoephedrine, or placebo. Detumescence occurred in 36 percent, 28 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Terbutaline was significantly better than placebo (p < 0.05) in achieving detumescence. The results of this study suggest that oral terbutaline should be considered in the initial management of pharmacologically induced prolonged erections.
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