First-dose success with vardenafil in men with erectile dysfunction and associated comorbidities: RELY-I

L. Valiquette, F. Montorsi, S. Auerbach

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First-dose success of phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors may be adversely affected in patients with comorbidities. This article reports first-dose success rates for vardenafil 10mg in men with erectile dysfunction (ED) and associated comorbidities who participated in the challenge phase of the Reliability -Vardenafil for Erectile Dysfunction I study. This study involved an open-label, single-dose, 1-week challenge period where patients who achieved SEP-2 (penetration) success were randomised to vardenafil 10mg or placebo for 12weeks in a double-blind manner. The first-dose success rates for SEP-2 and SEP-3 (maintenance of erection to completion of intercourse) were stratified according to comorbidities. Safety was assessed using adverse events (AEs). Of 600 men who received a single 10mg dose of vardenafil, 32% had hypertension, 16% had diabetes and 19% had dyslipidaemia. Vardenafil demonstrated overall effectiveness, including first-dose SEP-2 and SEP-3 success rates in patients with and without specific comorbidities. Initial overall success rates for SEP-2 and SEP-3 during the challenge phase were 87% and 74% respectively. First-dose SEP-2 and SEP-3 success rates were 84% and 66% in men with hypertension (n = 191); 84% and 72% in men with dyslipidaemia (n = 116); and 75% and 58% in men with diabetes (n = 95). Vardenafil was well tolerated and most AEs, including the most frequently reported flushing (3.5%), were mild to moderate in intensity. Vardenafil 10mg is generally well tolerated and efficacious, providing first-dose success with a consistently high rate of reliability of penetration and maintenance of erection in men with ED and associated comorbidities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1378-1385
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Practice
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006


  • Comorbidities
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Erection
  • First-dose success
  • PDE5 inhibitors
  • Vardenafil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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