Cialis Offers Another Impotence Remedy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/21/03

Cialis Offers Another Impotence Remedy

The market for impotence drugs is about to get really crowded.

First there was Viagra -- then Levitra. A new option, called Cialis, got its green light on Friday from the FDA to compete against the others. All three drugs are similar to Viagra in the way they work, but the makers of Cialis say their drug has a longer lasting effect than its two competitors.

Although no studies have been published comparing the three, Cialis has already been approved for sale in more than 45 countries. We called around on Friday, and it's not available here yet, but it's expected to arrive on pharmacy shelves by the first week of December.

One advantage to getting the newest drug for impotence is people aren't familiar with the name yet. So, if you're embarassed to tell your pharmacist "I'm here to pick up Viagra," then saying, "I'm here to pick up Cialis" is a little less conspicuous.

Side effects for such drugs can include headaches, upset stomachs, and nasal stuffiness. In addition, health experts said these pills can have harmful interactions with other drugs such as heart medications and should only be taken by prescription.

Cialis is marketed by Lilly Icos, a joint venture between biotech firm Icos Corporation and the drug giant Eli Lilly and Company. Erectile dysfunction is a disorder that affects up to an estimated 30 million men, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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