A Hard Act To Follow

Posted on: 04 April 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Despite the launch of three new treatments for erectile dysfunction, Viagra remains the most effective, according to a new study.

Despite the launch of three new treatments for erectile dysfunction, Viagra remains the most effective, according to a new study.

Sildenafil, more commonly known as Viagra remains the first-choice oral drug for treating men with erectile dysfunction or impotence, according to The Consumers’ Association’s Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin.

Viagra, the first licensed oral drug for erectile dysfunction, was first launched in 1998 and has become a well-established treatment for men suffering from erectile dysfunction ever since. It can be prescribed on the NHS under specified circumstances, if the dysfunction is causing great distress or for men suffering from certain diseases, such as, diabetes, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.

In the last four years, three new oral drugs for erectile dysfunction have become available. Uprima is a tablet that is placed under the tongue and works on brain mechanisms that affect erection, while Cialis and Levitra are both tabletts to be swallowed and, like Viagra, work by increasing the erectile response to sexual stimulation.

The study undertaken by The Consumer's Association found that while prima improves erectile function it does appear to be less effective than Viagra. And while both Cialis and Levitra also improve erectile function, it is not known how these effects compare with that of Viagra. The findings also point out that already published research suggesting that men prefer Cialis to Viagra was in general unconvincing, highlighting that none of the three newer drugs should replace Viagra as the usual first choice treatment for erectiel dysfunction.

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