Premature ejaculation

Men can stop sex ending prematurely with 25 pill - It is a short acting SSRI

April 26 2010 at 1:20 PMKeith

Men can stop sex ending prematurely with 25 pill

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:57 PM on 26th April 2010

The first pill that prevents premature ejaculation is launching in the UK tomorrow.

The drug could provide relief to tens of thousands of men afflicted with the embarrassing condition. It is estimated nearly one in three British men suffer from the sexual problem at some point in their lives.

Medical trials revealed taking just one tablet one to three hours before sex helped men to last three times as long during lovemaking.

Up to one in three men suffer from premature ejaculation. The new drug could help sufferers have more control

However, the new drug doesn't come cheap. Couples will have to fork out 76 for a pack of just three 30mg tablets.

Until now men could resort to local anaesthetic sprays and creams to delay climax, but this would reduce sensitivity during sex.

The Priligy medication (dapoxetine) works by altering the levels of a chemical called serotonin in the brain. This helps give the man more control over when he climaxes.

It is a short acting SSRI or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor - a family of drugs commonly used to treat depression and anxiety. Therefore it should not be used by those being treated for such conditions.

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Priligy is available for men aged 18 to 64 and is on sale in some other European countries. It can't be taken with alcohol as this can increase side-effects such as dizziness, headaches and feeling restless.

It could prove even more popular than the anti-impotence drug Viagra, which has been taken by around 35million men since it was launched a decade ago. For while impotence tends to affect men later in life, premature ejaculation can be a problem at any age.

Men who are reluctant to see the doctor about the personal problem will be able to get a private prescription following an online consultation at

Priligy comes in two different doses. It can't be taken with alcohol as this can increase side-effects such as nausea

Nitin Makadia, head of male sexual health at Lloyds Pharmacy, said: 'Priligy has the potential to do as much for men's sexual health as Viagra.

'It will give sufferers a chance to improve the quality of their relationships and their general wellbeing.

'Some men are understandably reluctant to discuss the problem with their GP so we are removing this barrier to treatment.'

The launch comes just a week after researchers revealed men who climaxed too quickly are more likely to have a genetic abnormality.

These men carried a defect in a gene that controls the release of dopamine, a chemical ' neurotransmitter' that plays a crucial role in everything from movement and attention span to the brain's perception of pleasure and reward.

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