Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 233 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Aug-2003
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FDA approves new drug for treatment of erectile dysfunction in men
The Food and Drug Administration yesterdayapproved Levitra (vardenafil), an oral medication to treat erectile dysfunction in men (impotence). This is the second oral product approved for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. more

Prescribing information: Levitra
Levitra is a medicine that may be used up to once a day to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Levitra is for use by prescription only. Men taking nitrate drugs, often used to control chest pain (also known as angina), should not take Levitra. Men who use alpha blockers, sometimes prescribed for high blood pressure or prostate symptoms, also should not take Levitra. Such combinations could cause blood pressure to drop to an unsafe level. The most commonly reported side effects are headache, flushing, and stuffy or runny nose. Men who experience an erection for more than four hours should seek immediate medical attention. more


Information for patients: Levitra
What important information should you know about Levitra? What is Levitra? How does Levitra work? Who can take Levitra? Who should not take Levitra  more

One-third of older men suffer from erectile dysfunction
An analysis of data on 31,742 men aged 53 to 90, found finds that erectile dysfunction (ED) is common among older men and increases with age.  more

Enzyme could yield new treatments for female sexual dysfunction
Research from the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions indicates that the enzyme arginase II, which can short-circuit a biochemical pathway leading to sexual arousal in men, is also present in the female genitalia and represents a promising target for new drugs to treat sexual dysfunction in women.  more

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