Avanafil: New ED Drug That Works Faster Than Viagra

Jan 14, 2010
A new drug Avanafil acts much faster than other erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra, Cialis or Levitra, study shows.

Vivus, the pharmaceutical company that developed Avanafil drug, an innovative, PDE5 inhibitor for the treatment of ED (erectile dysfunction), claims that the drug is going to rival well-known ED medications, given the fact that it is effective in just 15 minutes.

The data from the phase 3 study demonstrated that patients, taking Avanafil, showed significant improvements in erectile function within 15 minutes of dosing. The Viagra, made by Pfizer Company, is known to work within 30 minutes to an hour after dosing, while Cialis drug acts from 30 minutes to 6 hours after administering it. The fast effectiveness of the Avanafil is a great advantage for men, who want to be more spontaneous during sexual intercourse.

Previous studies show that almost 80 percent of men taking 200 mg dose of Avanafil were successful at achieving erection to perform sexual intercourse. The drug is also well tolerated with fewer common side effects like headaches or flushing. As much as 75 percent of the participants reported about rapid and long-lasting effect of the Avanafil.

Erectile dysfunction is affecting more than 50 percent of men aged over 40. The condition is defined as inability to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. The causes of ED include smoking, alcohol use, as well as health problems, such as diabetes and heart problem and some medications, such as high blood pressure drugs.

The Vivus said they are very close to getting FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval. The drug is expected to hit the markets at the beginning of 2012.