Premature Ejaculation Drugs

When Viagra was introduced as a prescription cure for erectile dysfunction, Pfizer made a windfall of profits from the immediate sale of the drug. Obviously, men want to have sex, and more of it.

When you consider the number of men who have admitted to and have been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, that number pales in comparison to the number of men who suffer from another sexual dysfunction: premature ejaculation (PE). Almost twice as many men suffer from premature ejaculation as to erectile dysfunction. In fact, almost one out of every three men in all age ranges suffers from premature ejaculation. That's a huge potential market for drug makers!

However, there is not yet an FDA approved drug that has been determined to cure premature ejaculation. Despite this fact, physicians do prescribe other drugs that can help to cure or at least delay ejaculation in their patients. Here is a look at a few:

Oral Premature Ejaculation Drugs

Doctors have been prescribing anti-depressant medications that are known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac or Zoloft. These drugs, while mainly an anti-depressant, have a side effect of delaying orgasm in men, and thus can be used effectively as a treatment for premature ejaculation.

And while SSRIs are not FDA approved specifically for premature ejaculation, there is a drug still in the research phase that can help the condition. The drug is similar to an SSRI anti-depressant, but rather than a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, it acts as a serotonin transport inhibitor. The active compound is called dapoxetine and is actually approved for premature ejaculation use in Great Britain earlier in 2010.

Dapoxetine differs from a normal anti-depressant in that it doesn't need to be taken regularly on a daily basis. It can be taken orally just hours before sexual activity, and it will be flushed out of the body naturally.

Topical Premature Ejaculation Drugs

Other prescription drugs not taken orally but are applied topically to the penis are creams that contain lidocaine, benzocaine, or prilocaine. These are topical anesthetics and are used with the purpose of partially numbing the penis, allowing a man to delay orgasm due to less sensitivity during sexual stimulation.

Side Effects of Prescription Premature Ejaculation Drugs

As with any prescription drug, there are potential side effects as well. With topical anesthetic creams, the possible side effects include a rash due to an allergic reaction, as well as decreased sensation in the woman's vagina if the cream is not completely removed from the penis. Other side effects may be the inability to reach orgasm or sustain an erection due to a de-sensitized penis.

With SSRIs and dapoxetine, the possible side effects include nausea, diarrhea, sleeplessness, restlessness, headaches, dizziness, as well as the inability to reach orgasm at all.

As with any drug, talk to your doctor about possible side effects and whether a prescription treatment is right for you.

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