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The Doctors discuss whether a topical nitroglycerin gel, which contains an ingredient found in dynamite, can successfully treat erectile dysfunction.
One study tested the gel on men who had ED and we welcome urologist Dr. Alex Pastuszak to discuss if this is safe. He says the findings of the study showed that this approach was "not a magic bullet" for treating ED.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains that the idea behind using this to treat ED, is because nitroglycerin can relax blood vessel and allow for more blood flow. Dr. Pastuszak notes that everyone's skin is different and he says he is concerned about people using varying amounts of the gel and says the results could be vastly different for each person.
"One guy's pleasure might be another guy's pain and trouble," he says, urging caution about using the gel on the penis. He says that if the amount of nitroglycerin is high this could lead to very low blood pressure and in some cases death.