Who needs Viagra?!
by MARTYN HALLE, Daily Mail.
Now there are five impotence pills on the market.
Here, we take a look at each of the drugs, detailing their pros and cons.
The big daddy of impotence treatments. Viagra was originally developed to help angina sufferers, and patients found it boosted their sex lives. Still top of the pile in the number of prescriptions issued to patients.
How does it work?
Men who are already taking medicines that contain nitrates, such as nitro-glycerine for heart conditions, are strongly advised not to use Viagra because the combination can lower blood pressure too much.
Had the misfortune to follow Viagra, but produces the fastest erection of all the treatments.
How does it work?
Successful in nearly 70 per cent of men. Men like it because it produces a fast result, but some have complained of discomfort.
However, it can be used by men with heart conditions who are unable to take Viagra.
Followed Viagra and fittingly dubbed ‘the thinking man’s Viagra’ because it works on the areas of the brain responsible for arousal. Uprima comes in the form of a lozenge which is dissolved under the tongue. An erection normally follows within 15 minutes.
How does it work?
‘It has a very neat way of working and I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of couples who enjoy having sex on the spur of the moment,’ says Dr Richard Petty, of the London Wellman Clinic.
The drug boosts the production of the brain chemical dopamine, which sends signals for an erection to happen. It is thought that many men with erection problems may have a dopamine deficiency.
‘Uprima helps the man with erection problems by making his thoughts of sex turn into reality,’ says Dr Petty. ‘It really is quite a smart drug. For an impotent man, that natural spontaneity was not available until Uprima came on to the scene.’
Claims to last at least 24 hours after being taken, allowing men to have several love-making sessions. Some patients say its effects last up to 36 hours – and unlike Viagra, which can take more than an hour to work, Cialis allows men to have sex with a partner almost straight away.
How does it work?
‘The main complaint about Viagra has been the lack of spontaneity.
‘You have to take the pill so that you can have sex within a specific time period, about six hours.
‘With Cialis a man can take his pill and relax, knowing that there is a long period of time during which he can have sex. It allows for spontaneity and even allows for intercourse two or three times before the effect wears off.’
Cialis also comes without some of the side-effects that have been associated with Viagra. But many men on the drug complained about ‘facial flushing’, others said it didn’t work after a meal, while some complained that the drug turned their vision blue.
This is the latest male impotence drug. It is in the same chemical class as Viagra but manufactured in a way that makes it more effective, says the drug company behind it.
How does it work?
Levitra, by comparison, works for 72-90 per cent of men the first time and goes on to work 95 per cent of the time.
Its developers, drug giants Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline, believe they have scored an important goal in the fight to gain a key share of the market.
They claim it achieves a more reliable and more sustained erection than using Viagra.
And the drug has received a very favourable response from doctors specialising in impotence.
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