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[IP] Article: Viagra used as remedy for gastroparesis

Thought this article might be of interest to those suffering from
gastroparesis (from www.cnn.com at

Report: Viagra May Be Remedy for Digestive Disorder 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc.'s anti-impotence drug Viagra may also be an
effective remedy for a digestive condition common among diabetics, the Wall
Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The condition blocks or slows the passage of food from the stomach to the

In its electronic edition, the Journal said a study by researchers at Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine found that Viagra appears to cause an
important muscle in the digestive tract to relax in much the way it prompts
a muscle in the penis to ease and facilitate an erection.

The drug has only been tested in diabetic mice, the newspaper reported, but
the results were so encouraging that a pilot study to try it on men and
women will be launched as soon as next month.

The problem, known as gastroparesis, affects up to 75 percent of diabetics,
causing bloating, loss of appetite and in some cases vomiting and
dehydration, the Journal said.

Gastroparesis also can complicate efforts to control blood-sugar levels with
medication because it disrupts the timing of the digestive process, the
newspaper said.

Pfizer did not sponsor the research, which was funded by the U.S. Public
Health Service and other non-corporate sources. The study appears in
August's Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Wall Street Journal said. 

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