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   Posted 6/19/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all..hubby doing better after his RR surgery on Feb, 17. Down to one pad a day.Well, today doctor gave him levitra. Was wondering if he can have a couples of beers before taking it. we're going to a function this evening, and wanted to know if this will make Levitra less potent. Will be happy to get any input from members.

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   Posted 6/19/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Snuggleup.  Sorry, I couldn't tell you about beer and Levitra since I am a teetotaler.  Levitra without the beer works great for me.  My thought is that a couple of beers wouldn't affect how the levitra works, but I just can't tell you from personal experience.  David
Age 55
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 positive with 2 marginal
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
RRP 4 Feb 08
Both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated - Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
Catheter out Feb 13 - wore pad for couple of days - pad free Feb 16
PSA every 90 days - ZERO's everytime!
Great wife and family who take very good care of me

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/19/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks David,, Forgot to mention this will be our first try,,We tried before but no erections whatsoever,, he did feel he had an orgasm, without the erection.. hope it works... thanks

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   Posted 6/19/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry, teetotaler too and haven't used levitra, but good luck on your attempt later, hope it goes well for the both of you.

david in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9 .05, 5/9 .10 doubled in 3 months, new test in six weeks, then possibly off for salvage radiation

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 476
   Posted 6/19/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Viagra and beer work just fine. Just dont overdo it...

Previous 5 biopsies over 4 years negative

PSA going from 3.8 to 28

Father died from PCa @ 78 - normal PSA and DRE

Dx Nov 2007, age 46

PSA 29, Gleason 4+4=8

Decided to participate in clinical trial at Duke

6 rounds of chemo (Taxotere+Avastin)















followed by RRP at Duke (Dr. Moul) on 6/16/2008


Gleason downgraded 4+3=7

  Duke: T2c N0MX, one positive margin

  Sloan Kettering: T3a N0MX, extraprostatic extension, two positive margins

PSA undetectable for 8 months, then









6 Months ADT started 6/12/2009

IMRT to start mid-Aug

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   Posted 6/19/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   

I like(d) my beer, too. I have stayed away from it when trying Levitra as it can make side effects like headache worse...and that's the most significant response I've had to Levitra. Actually, have pretty much stayed away from most alcohol since surgery. I think they used too many alcohol wipes on me in the hospital...the  smell of any beer, wine, alcohol is now sometimes awful (oh-oh, it's bbq season). As the effects of alcohol wear off, blood vessels become constricted...not what you want if you want the ladder to go up.

All in moderation I guess is the keyword.


Lower left groin hernia: mesh and large scar: surgery early 2006
Nov/Dec 07 and March 08 and now Dec 08: Severe perineal pain (between scrotum and rectum). Septra/Bactrim for 8 months (Nov 07-Jun 08) for diagnosed prostatitis.
PSA start of 2008: 5.3..... PSA June of 2008: 7.3
14 DRE all benign or nothing felt
TRUS Biopsy Nov 08: Got copy of pathology (see below). Prostate about 40 cm sq.
General Health: pretty good, 5' 10", 180 lbs, slim.
Bone scan Dec 08: Negative
Barium enema X-ray (March 09 due to several days of blood in stool)
MRI with endorectal coil (April 09 as part of a study)
3D advanced TRUS (April 09 as part of a study)
CT (April 09 as part of a study)
Biopsy Pathology: 5 of 8 cores positive, adenocarinoma in both lobes. 30%-65%. One core perineural invasion. 2 cores "foamy" and suspicious. All +ve cores, 3+3 GS 6.
Open RP surgery: May 5/09 Surgeon spoke to my wife and was very positive. Said both nerve bundles spared and not damaged. Bilateral lymph node dissection performed. Discharged 48 hours after surgery. Staples out, catheter out and pathology sheduled for May 21.
Post Surgery Pathology: pT3a N0 MX, extraprostatic extension (EPE), stage III prostate cancer, lymph nodes clear, seminal vesicles clear, Gleason upraded to 3+4 GS 7. EPE within surgical margins. Other than prostate and EPE, all tissue removed negative for cancer involvement.
Physical State: Getting back to working out slowly. Urinary control pretty much from the time of catheter removal. Rectal pain, sometimes bad but, told is normal. Erectile function at best 25-30% of presurgery. Trying Levitra...first 10 mG dose gave me nasal congestion, 50% chubby and a 24 hour headache...may go away with more use or change of meds. Considering pump. Recovery from surgery going very well.
Mental State: Pre-surgery anxiety gone. Positive attitude. Some anxiety about seeing radiation oncologist and upcoming 3 month PSA. 

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   Posted 6/20/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think beer makes any difference and the relaxation may make the "first time" easier to take since it was (at least to me) frightening. I always remember the words of Benjamin Franklin; "Beer is the evidence that God loves us and wants us to be happy." If Levitra with beer is a dud, you can always try without. So, go with what he wants and enjoy whatever happens. Most of all, love each other.
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3 + 4 = 7
CAT scan 1/09 negative, Bone scan 1/09 negative

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Removed 03/08/09
Post surgical pathology report. Lymph nodes negative, Seminal vesicles negative
Surgical margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
At 6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 299
   Posted 6/21/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't found that beer, wine or any alcohol makes much difference with the ED meds. Greasy foods seem to make more difference, such as french fries, lots of pasta, heavy foods and hamburgers. I know that Viagra actually warns against the greasy foods, indicating that nothing will happen.

And that has been my experience...
Age 60
PSA 2007 4.1
PSA 2008 10.0
Diagnosed April 2008
Biopsy: 6 of 12 cores positive
Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
CT and Bone Scan negative
Open surgery at Shawnee Mission Medical Center May 21, 2008
Right side nerves spared
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Cather removed on June 3rd, totally dry on July 9th
lymph nodes negative
PSA Sept 28, 2008 0.00
PSA Jan 22, 2009 0.00
ED Status- Currently using Trimix, Levitra daily for increased blood flow.
Noctural Erections have completely returned on a nightly basis, same hardness as before.

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