Doctors Hail New Drug That Helps to Counter Impotence in Over-65s

By Chapman, James | Daily Mail (London), May 12, 2001 | Go to article overview

Doctors Hail New Drug That Helps to Counter Impotence in Over-65s


Chapman, James, Daily Mail (London)


Byline: JAMES CHAPMAN

AN alternative to the anti-impotence drug Viagra is especially beneficial for older men, a study revealed yesterday.

Vardenafil appears to be as effective as its rival - helping eight men out of ten - even those aged over 65.

Doctors are hailing it as an important breakthrough because more than half of 65-plus men experience some form of erectile dysfunction.

The new drug should be available in Britain next year when its manufacturers Bayer expect it to be a huge success.

Professor Christopher Steidle, giving details of some of the first large-scale trials of Vardenafil, told a meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Chicago, that it was particularly encouraging that the drug worked so well with men over 65.

'Vardenafil enhanced erectile function in older men,' said the professor, of Indiana University School of Medicine.

'This is an important finding because men over age 65 are more likely to suffer from impaired function and also are more difficult to treat.' Some older men actually experienced better results than younger men, the conference was told.

The trial involved 580 patients aged between 21 and 70 in long-term relationships.

Some of the cases of impotence were linked to physical origins, others to psychological problems and the rest were a combination of both.

Another study suggested that three patients in four who took the drug were able to have sex with their partner after three months. Before treatment, only one in three found this possible.

The big advantage of Vardenafil, it is claimed, is that it appears to have no damaging effects on the heart. …

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