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
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.
* Blame it on your Dad: Premature ejaculation could be passed on
genetically, says scientists
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
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.