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Premature Ejaculation Drug Promising

But FDA Approval Appears Unlikely for Dapoxetine Soon, Despite Promising Studies

Longer-Lasting Sex continued...

Prior to treatment, the men's average ejaculation time was just under a minute.

With treatment, the average time to ejaculation was 1.75 minutes in the placebo-treated men, 2.78 minutes in the men treated with 30 milligrams of Dapoxetine, and 3.32 minutes in the men treated with 60 milligrams of the drug. The study lasted three months.

"A couple of minutes may not sound like much but for these guys it was huge," Pryor says.

Men who took the short-acting SSRI also reported having more control over their ejaculations than the placebo-treated men; and they and their female partners reported improved sexual satisfaction.

The Snicker Factor

Pryor says an effective, specific treatment could do for premature ejaculation what Viagra did for erectile dysfunction -- taking away the 'snicker' factor by stimulating open discussion about the disorder.

"Viagra wasn't a magic pill, but it did bring ED into the open and men who had it learned that they were not alone," he says. "The discussion that followed stimulated research that led to other treatments.

"Premature ejaculation is more common than ED, but no one talks about it," adds Pryor.

Ira Sharlip, MD, a urology professor at the University of California, San Francisco, tells WebMD there is a definite need for an effective treatment for premature ejaculation.

"I have patients who are really disturbed by this issue, and so are their wives," he says. "The current treatments are far from perfect."

Sharlip says traditional SSRIs work best when they are taken every day, and even then they only work for around two-thirds of patients.

"Premature ejaculation is certainly one of the most common forms of sexual dysfunction among men," Sharlip says. "Not everyone who has it is bothered by it, but for those who are, it can be a very big problem."

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