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Sex Drug Cialis Approved For Daily Use

Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, January 09, 2008 8:02 AM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: FDA and Prescription Drugs

 

Cialis has received approval for every day use to treat erectile dysfunction.

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You’ve seen the ads- when the time is right Cialis will help you through life’s more passionate moments.

Drug maker Eli Lilly thinks everyday might be the right time and reported Tuesday that U.S. regulators have approved a once a day use of Cialis in its low dose formulation.

The 2.5 milligram and 5 milligram formulations reportedly allow men to have improved erectile function and are already approved in parts of Europe according to Lilly. Half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 have some form of ED says the manufacturer but there are no formal tests to diagnose ED.

Robust sales of Cialis, available in the states since 2003 amount to $1.2 billion a year in the 5, 10 and 20 milligrams strength.  Taken “as needed”  it can provide responsiveness for up to 36 hours. 

Warnings are still active, "Cialis is not for everyone". If your erection lasts for more than four hours call your doctor, (comedians say they are calling everyone).  And the drug is not for heart patients or anyone taking nitrates, including nitroglycerin.

The drug is a PDE5 inhibitor that works by helping supply blood to the penis. Competitors Viagra and Levitra are in the same class as Cialis and are taken orally prior to planned sexual activity.

The ED drugs also carry warnings about the potential for sudden hearing loss. In some cases the hearing loss was accompanied by dizziness and a ringing in the ears of tinnitus.

Lilly’s news raised shares $1.05 to $55.60.

Bloggers ask, if the drug lasts for up to 36 hours why do you need to take it every day? #

 

 


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