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Effectiveness and tolerability of lidocaine 5% spray in the treatment of lifelong premature ejaculation patients: a randomized single-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial

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This study aimed to appraise the effectiveness and tolerability of lidocaine 5% spray in the treatment of patients with premature ejaculation (PE). The current study has been designed as a randomized single-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. It was done on 150 lifelong PE patients with normal erection. They were randomized evenly categorized into two treatment groups. Group 1 (n = 75); was given on demand lidocaine 5% spray for 8 weeks. Group 2 (n = 75); was given placebo in the form on demand alcohol spray for 8 weeks. All medications were applied on the glans penis for 10–20 min, and then cleaned before planned sexual intercourse. Patients were evaluated with the Arabic Index of Premature Ejaculation (AIPE) scores, intravaginal ejaculatory latency times (IELTs), and frequency of sexual intercourse before and after treatments. The mean values of the AIPE scores, IELTs, and sexual intercourse frequency in the lidocaine 5% spray group were statistically significant increased than the group of placebo after treatment (P value 0.0001). The present study deduced that local use of lidocaine 5% spray on glans penis 10–20 min prior to sexual intercourse could significantly improve PE patients, with tolerated local adverse effects.

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Abu El-Hamd, M. Effectiveness and tolerability of lidocaine 5% spray in the treatment of lifelong premature ejaculation patients: a randomized single-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Int J Impot Res 33, 96–101 (2021).

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