While medications like Viagra have been around for 15 years, health experts say Stendra could put a dent in the little blue pill’s market share. Trials show the pill works faster than Viagra and will likely be more affordable than Pfizer’s blockbuster pill.
While doctor’s will assist men in finding the right medication, health experts say another oral medication will benefit patients.
“This approval expands the available treatment options to men experiencing erectile dysfunction, and enables patients, in consultation with their doctor, to choose the most appropriate treatment for their needs,” Victoria Kusiak, MD, deputy director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said.
“This is potentially the fastest acting of the four,” Dr. Wayne Hellstrom, professor of urology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, told Reuters. Patients taking Stendra are recommended to take the drug 30 minutes before sexual activity but clinical trials have shown the drug works as fast as 15 minutes. Viagra may take an hour to start working, Reuters reported.Tested and Approved
In clinical trials, 77% of men with general ED were able to get erections after taking Stendra, compared to 54% of men taking an inactive placebo pill.
Side effects include headache, flushing, stuffy nose and back pain; all of which are common in other erectile dysfunction medications. As with all medications used to treat ED, Stendra should not be taken with nitrate medications. The combination of these medications can lead to a dangerous drop in blood pressure.