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April 30th, 2012
09:16 AM ET

New ED drug may work in 15 minutes

Look out Viagra - there's a new erectile dysfunction drug in town.

It's called Stendra (aka Avanafil) and it's newly approved by the Food and Drug Administration, making it the first ED drug to come out in almost 10 years.

Although Stendra has not been tested against what is known as the "Little Blue Pill," drug makers say that - for some men - it may work faster.

"If things are heated up, theoretically you can get improved function earlier, within 15 minutes, with this drug," said Dr. Irwin Goldstein, director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, and co-author of a recent study about Stendra in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

"You can argue this is the first potential on-demand drug."

The "on-demand" drug could end up in high demand for men with ED who do not respond to drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.

Goldstein, who has authored more than 300 studies in the field of sexual dysfunction, said that early data suggests Stendra may perform faster than other ED drugs, but that must be proven in a larger, real-world population.

Goldstein and his team studied 1,267 men who took a 50, 100 or 200 milligram dose of Stendra - or placebo - about 30 minutes before engaging in sexual activity.

The men filled out questionnaires indicating, for example, how long it took before they engaged in sexual intercourse or became aroused.

"For some men it works in 15 minutes, for some men it took longer," said Goldstein.

To be clear, no one is suggesting that men should drop Viagra - or any other of the popular ED drugs– for Stendra.

"There is no drug that is the best," said Dr. Laurence Levine, a professor in the department of Urology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who was not a part of the Stendra study. "Each patient's own chemistry may make one drug better than another. There are certain advantages and disadvantages to all of these drugs."

Stendra is another option in a field of effective and safe drugs, said Levine.

A small minority of patients experienced side effects after taking Stendra, according to the study, including headaches, flushing, nasal congestion and back pain.

And overall, patients taking any ED drug - all of which work similarly - should be aware of rare side effects like sudden loss of vision or hearing, according to the FDA.


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  1. Josh

    Help! I've fallen and I can't get it up!

    April 30, 2012 at 09:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • BRBSanDiego

      Oral sex is more fun than a pill and works just as well.

      April 30, 2012 at 19:14 | Report abuse |
    • gatornuts

      Not sure why you would need a pill. Blondes are the best cure and they are natural. Like seriously I don't understand this. Like I would never take a pill to get it up. Oral sex is amazing and a little horsing around works as well. If the girl can't get it up then that is a clear sign from God that you need to find someone else to have sex with. I am certain these medicines are really bad for you and they don't do anything a nice blond can't. Am I right or am i right???

      April 30, 2012 at 22:04 | Report abuse |
    • jon

      I am sorry to say in looking at many ed sites that no one was aware of mojo risen. it is the absolute best ed drug you could buy and you didn't even need a prescription for it.i have tried many of the ed pills on the market and they don't work. unfortunately it is perhaps no longer available because it was found to contain some ingredients used in cialis. but you only had to take 1 of these for them to work and you could take alcohol with them and they lasted for 2 to 3 days. no one will ever be better than mojo risen. i don't know why it is no longer available. it isn't made in the us

      March 21, 2014 at 06:49 | Report abuse |
  2. bill

    Oh Lord!! Just what we needed......another ED drug commercial on the evening news!!

    April 30, 2012 at 10:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • William

      For real! If i see another Boomer in yet another Ed commercial im going to vomit. Another that is getting out of hand is the commercials for mesothelioma.

      April 30, 2012 at 20:32 | Report abuse |
  3. Snacklefish

    Coincidentally, that's about as long as it takes a roofie to kick in as well...

    April 30, 2012 at 10:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Tom S.

    All these ED drugs out there to help men have sex and no one is trying to ban them on religious grounds. I'm left wondering who they will be having sex with? Women on birth control? To follow a religious argument one more step, ED is God's way of telling you you shouldn't be having sex.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary

      I agree. The law shouldn't allow the sale of these prescriptions unless the man can prove his seed goes nowhere except into a fertile female. We must follow the rules of God.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:49 | Report abuse |
    • wergdfgfd

      You appear to be a complete moron. You realize that people who have had intestinal surgery also can get ED? I was 22 and had emergency surgery for a burst colon and Ive had ED since that age. Now move along ignorant one.

      April 30, 2012 at 11:30 | Report abuse |
    • Tony B

      Tom,

      That's not what I was raised to believe and my father was a preacher. God giving someone erectile dysfunction wouldn't be him "telling you" anything, it would him forcing his will upon you. This conflicts with the very fundamental belief that he gave us free will and I can't imagine why he would not want someone to make love to his wife or to try and have a child.

      If God didn't want people having sex so much then he shouldn't have hard-wired our brains to think about it every 6 seconds. Why, to do that and then consider it sinful to act upon it would be perverse. You don't think God is perverse, do you?

      April 30, 2012 at 13:53 | Report abuse |
    • John

      Condoms and other forms of birth control should also be agin to law. In fact we should base all laws in this countey on what our religious leaders tell us.

      April 30, 2012 at 16:09 | Report abuse |
    • William

      As a citizen everyone should have access to BC. That doesn't mean its provided free of charge. Its up to the individual to decide, based on their personal morals, values and beliefs, if they want to use it. Politicians in DC have no place in our bedrooms and that includes Dems and Repub.

      April 30, 2012 at 20:35 | Report abuse |
    • Quackyduck

      TonyB sed: "You don't think God is perverse, do you?"

      Oh, don't get me started....

      On topic, I wonder how much PHARMA will over-charge for THIS little wonder? $15? $20?

      May 1, 2012 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
    • karek40

      Tom S. another individual who has decided to speak for God. If we carry his position further, if you lose a leg for any reason that is God's way of telling you not to run or walk, I could go on with other equally ridiculous examples. Tom wake up and smell the coffee. Most ED is caused by a lack of blood flow, All ED pills dilate the blood vessels to permit more blood flow. Your eating and drinking habits when you are young and middle aged are what cause the plugging of your arteries (and genetics) not God.

      May 1, 2012 at 15:14 | Report abuse |
  5. idiotbigpharma

    Thank goodness there will be a whole new onslaught of commercials for me to have to sit through while watching golf and/or football now. I'll be able to watch my sports programs in comfortable peace, knowing that Big Pharma's scientist are working hard to keep old men hard quicker and for longer. How about we pull these "scientists" off of ED control and onto something a little more important. Like, oh I don't know, let's say CANCER!

    April 30, 2012 at 10:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Vincent Demonbreun

      Did these scientist ever think that these guys may have a high cholesterol problem? High cholesterol and a fatty diet equals clogged arteries and capilaries!

      April 30, 2012 at 11:04 | Report abuse |
  6. Vincent Demonbreun

    http://nutritionfacts.org/video/watermelon-as-treatment-for-erectile-dysfunction/

    April 30, 2012 at 10:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Vicky

      You've GOT to see him in Five Easy Pieces', which may be his best perfromance ever. Also, King of the Marvin Gardens' and the one that made him the star that he is today Easy Rider'. He is real goofy in the chsesy Roger Corman cult film Little Shop of Horrors' where Jack plays a masochistic dental patient and has a full head of hair!

      October 14, 2012 at 00:24 | Report abuse |
  7. Debbie

    So when is some religious "expert" going to point out that taking an ED drug is against the laws of nature–maybe it's God's way of saying enough is enough?

    April 30, 2012 at 11:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Pat

    Wish they would spend more money on childhood diseases instead of medication for a bunch of d*cks.

    April 30, 2012 at 11:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sylar75

      Funny cause these drugs help people have kids.

      April 30, 2012 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
    • tron

      Why don't you send in all the money you were wasting on makeup and new outfits to charity, or do you think that money spent on you is not a waste? Typical female.

      April 30, 2012 at 15:20 | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      To tron, attacking women with an inantile screen name. Id iot.

      April 30, 2012 at 16:01 | Report abuse |
  9. dom625

    The question becomes whether the pharmacies who are opposed to offering birth control will offer this. It seems hypocritical to to deny birth control to women yet offer medicines allowing men to keep on keeping on.

    The saddest part is the money and effort invested in this medicine and others like it when we are on the cusp of an antibiotic crisis. Surely there are far better projects to work on!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. politicallyinsurrect

    Great, just what we need – more senile old-money Republicans being able to breed long after nature intended.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mac

      Seems there are more democrats cheating than republicans. JFK, Clinton, Edwards, the list goes on and on

      May 1, 2012 at 07:22 | Report abuse |
    • politicallyinsurrect

      I'm sorry, you are obviously the expert in which males have erectile dysfunction. I admit my lack of knowledge/interest in the subject.

      May 1, 2012 at 10:08 | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      @mac
      Yeah, one every 20 or 30 years. Funny you had to go back to JFK to make your point.

      May 1, 2012 at 08:39 | Report abuse |
  11. Richp

    I remember seeing a special on 20/20 or one of the new programs about a drug developed by a researcher at the Univ of Ariz for tanning that had two additional side effects, 12 hour e r e c t i o n and vastly improved memory recall. Last I read about it was it was being turned over to two drug companies so they could split out the 'effects' and sell three different pills. The hilarious part was the people undergoing the testing refused to give back any of the extras they had once the testing was completed not to mention vanishing test supplies so I guess it worked. That was three years ago.

    April 30, 2012 at 14:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. ruth

    Men place so much empasis on sex....go watch football!God made a mistake when he made men so he said I can do better and made woman!!!!!! case closed....

    April 30, 2012 at 14:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. sweetkimberly

    I know a man is his 60s who had prostate cancer and had to have his prostate removed. He now takes ED drugs but sometimes they don't work as well as he would like them to. He said he would rather be dead that not able to have an erection. I don't get it.

    April 30, 2012 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • LabMonkey

      ...and you never will – Because you don't have a p enis.....

      May 1, 2012 at 11:37 | Report abuse |
  14. Suprised?

    With all the deadly diseases out there, I'm glad to know that we have yet another ED drug available. Apparently, R&D $ is better spent on getting an erection than in curing cancer.

    April 30, 2012 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Sunflower

    Take away birth control, women't clinics, aobrtion, but don't dare take anything away from men... Hypocrits!!

    April 30, 2012 at 16:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Bone dog

    How can we buy these pills and where

    April 30, 2012 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Beast of the East

    I had a sudden hearing loss. She claimed to have said "no more, OMG, no more" at least 15 times. I only heard the "OMG" and "more" parts...

    April 30, 2012 at 17:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. gatornuts

    Not sure why you would need a pill. Blondes are the best cure and they are natural. Like seriously I don't understand this. Like I would never take a pill to get it up. Oral sex is amazing and a little horsing around works as well. If the girl can't get it up then that is a clear sign from God that you need to find someone else to have sex with. I am certain these medicines are really bad for you and they don't do anything a nice blond can't. Am I right or am i right???

    April 30, 2012 at 22:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. cancer survivor

    If you don't actually need a pill, why waste the money? Otherwise, if you have ED due to something like prostate cancer surgery and a pill works, go for it. It's better than pumps, implants, etc. Using pills for a quick enhancement with no medical necessity is expensive and risky.Read the fine print in the patient information brochures; there are some serious warnings.

    April 30, 2012 at 22:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Mike

    Our country has a massive drug problem, let's add more...

    April 30, 2012 at 22:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Frank

    What I find sad about this story is that this drug probably has 10 million dollars worth of research behind it. We already have plenty of medication that deals with this. Genie was out of the bottle when Viagra came. Do we need more research on e.d.? Ate we even trying to cure cancer or diabetes anymore? They don't make money on the cure, they make it on the comeback.

    April 30, 2012 at 22:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hikerstud

      A handful comparatively have died of aids vs cancer diabetes etc and they get more tax dollars for research than heard diseast cancer combined. If your looking for who is stealing the money for research and people are dying the look to the .....lgbt lobby.

      May 1, 2012 at 11:57 | Report abuse |
    • D

      @Hikerstud. Citation, please. I don't believe that for a minute.

      May 1, 2012 at 12:51 | Report abuse |
  22. t3chn0ph0b3

    Forget birth control being offered for free from the government as an option. Birth control should be mandatory for everyone until they get a license to have kids. Getting that license should be harder than getting a pilot's license. If you can't pay to take the parenting courses, you can't afford kids. Period. Overpopulation would be over overnight.

    April 30, 2012 at 22:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hikerstud

      Illegal immigraton is allowed as we are underpopulated zero growth in USA and Europe who lets in African muslims. Birth control and abortion have eliminated population problems with industrialized countries. Third world countries have the labor. China, India, etc.

      May 1, 2012 at 11:51 | Report abuse |
  23. Ride Em Hard

    Get em up, get em up, get em up, Rawhide

    May 1, 2012 at 01:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. O

    Does anyone worry about the side effects ? I would be more concerned with that and you think the R&D guys would work harder to eliminate those problems and perfect it.
    Last thing a guy would want is to lose his eyesight or hearing and also having headaches... duh !

    May 1, 2012 at 09:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • D

      It is always a balancing act. It is in many cases impossible to separate the side effects from the efficacy in a small molecule.

      May 1, 2012 at 12:53 | Report abuse |
  25. Anne

    Sex isn't everything. The way it's plastered all over the media anymore these days. It's constantly being thrown in our faces. If your married you learn to accept each other the way you are. Especially when your partner is battling a life threatening disease. It's no wonder why there are so many rapes going on now. They ought to use the money and try to develop cures for life threatening diseases instead wasting it on something like this. After all life does go on without sex.

    May 1, 2012 at 09:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hikerstud

      I do not look forward to the day that life goes on without sex. I am dieting always. They made tobacco into the worst crime of all time. I gave up drinking totally cuz it was too hard to control. TV is ruined as it is all about LGBT parades / heroes. At least my spiritual life is good but my body is starving.

      May 1, 2012 at 11:55 | Report abuse |
    • D

      Hikerstud's brain is starving too.

      May 1, 2012 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
  26. jheron

    Maybe the back pain is a side effect of having sex. :)

    May 1, 2012 at 12:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. boraxo

    Its a scientific fact that for most men, as they get older, the women they have sex with become less and less attractive. Put a 50 year old woman who is 40 pounds overweight in front of a 30 year old guy, and he won't get an erection either. So ladies, be grateful for these pills, thanks to them you don't have to face reality.

    May 4, 2012 at 00:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Charles

    After I had my prostate cancer surgery, the doctor apologized for it, to which I replied: "That's OK, doctor! No hard feelings!" OK, that's an old joke, but I do wish they'd invent a pill for us guys who had to have prostate cancer surgery.

    May 8, 2012 at 09:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. johnson akienabor

    from this writh up i know this will not have efect on haert and kidny if no please tell if this drug is in africa [nigeria]please send me the adrress

    June 27, 2012 at 01:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Trina Spilker

    Premature ejaculation (PE; also known as rapid ejaculation) is the most common type of sexual dysfunction in men younger than 40 years. Most professionals who treat premature ejaculation define this condition as the occurrence of ejaculation prior to the wishes of both sexual partners. This broad definition thus avoids specifying a precise duration for sexual relations and reaching a climax, which is variable and depends on many factors specific to the individuals engaging in intimate relations. An occasional instance of premature ejaculation might not be cause for concern, but, if the problem occurs with more than 50% of attempted sexual relations, a dysfunctional pattern usually exists for which treatment may be appropriate.

    January 17, 2013 at 04:39 | Report abuse | Reply
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