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3/6/03

Viagra Dangers, New Substitutes

According to the maker, Pfizer, they say its surveys indicate that more people today know what Viagra does than people would know why you would use Tylenol. So, Viagra has at least been a huge success in making people aware that impotence is a common problem that can be treated -- but Viagra doesn't work for everyone. Studies have shown that 30% of the men who take the drug are still not pleased, either because of side effects or because it doesn't work fast enough.

"It does take a while to work. Because sex is usually a spontaneous event, it sometimes turns into a planned event, because on average, it takes about 40 minutes to the time a man takes the pill until they are able to have an erection. The other thing, it can depend on the fat content of a meal, the higher the fat content in a meal the slower Viagra gets absorbed, and sometimes the effects are not so good," says Dr. Geoffrey Sklar, a urologist.

There are many causes of impotence, but the experts estimate about 60% of the time it's a physical problem like impaired blood circulation. Now, two new drugs are coming soon as alternatives to Viagra.

They are Cialis, which according to research, works in 30 minutes or less and lasts up to 48 hours. And Levitra, which also works faster than Viagra and has less interaction with high fat foods. That's what researchers are saying in Europe where the drugs are already available.

Here in the U.S., the FDA has granted conditional approval, which means more study is needed. So, if you were not pleased with Viagra but still want to try medication for impotence, you might want to ask your doctor about two new medications, which should be available by the end of the year.

Both Cialis and Levitra were supposed to be on the market by the end of last year, but the FDA granted only conditional approval, seeking further study on each drug. Both drugs are now available in Europe.

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