Dick Robbins, 72, of Hot Springs Village, Ark., was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2001. He experienced erectile dysfunction and saw a urologist for help. He tried Viagra with little success as well as another drug, alprostadil. Alprostadil is delivered via injection into the shaft of the penis or by suppositories inserted into the tip of the penis.
"One of the important messages is, if you are having a problem, be sure and tell your doctor," Dr. Bornstein says. "Maybe he needs to change your medication or maybe we need to investigate whether there's some reason for it. There are lots of things we can do for that."