New FDA Approved Erectile Dysfunction Tablet

There is new hope for the 30 million men in the United States, who suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED).  On April 27, 2012 VIVUS, Inc. announced that the FDA has approved Stendra (avanfill) tablets for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.  The FDA approval marks the first new prescription drug to treat ED in nearly ten years.

Over 1,200 men with ED participated in the clinical studies of Stendra.  The men were given Stendra doses of 50mg, 100mg and 200mg, which all showed signs of significant improvement in erectile function compared to those men given a placebo.  77% of men with general ED were able to get erections with Stendra, compared to 54% of men taking a placebo.  63% of men with diabetes related ED were able to get erections after taking Stendra compared to 42% of men taking a placebo pill.

VIVUS recommends that Stendra should be taken roughly 30 minutes before sexual activity and should not be taken more than once a day.  Some of the participants in the clinical trials noticed the drug took effect within 15 minutes.  Other men reported improved erections more than six hours after consuming Stendra.

ED can be cause by physical conditions including: heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, tobacco use, alcohol use, treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate, surgeries, and age.  There are an estimated 52% of men between 40 and 70 years old who are suffering from ED.  50% of those men complain about the available ED drugs available and are dissatisfied with their treatment.  The potential market for ED treatment is endless as sales of PDE5 inhibitors surpassed $5 billion dollars in worldwide sale in 2011.

Stendra is a PDE5 inhibitor, which is in the same drug class as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and Staxyn.  Side effects of Stendra are similar to the drugs in its drug class including; headache, increase in body temperature, flushing, back pain, and stuffy nose.  Do not take Stendra if you take nitrates, often prescribed for chest pain.

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