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Fast acting Stendra: New FDA approved drug for erectile dysfunction

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Exciting news has just been announced for men who suffer with erectile dysfunction (ED). Men with ED may no longer have to plan for sex as far in advance as they may have had to when taking Viagra for their issue.

According to CBS news, Vivus Inc. won the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Avanafil, which will be sold under the brand name Stendra for erectile dysfunction. This new FDA approved drug is said to be much faster acting than Viagra, which is made by Pfizer Inc.

Viagra hadn’t any rivals for approximately 10 years until Stendra, a new erectile dysfunction medication that fits under the category of drugs known as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors, hit the market.

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According to CBS, this statement was made by the FDA for Stendra:

"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," Dr. Victoria Kusiak, deputy director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

It is recommended that Stendra be taken 30 minutes prior to sexual activity. In clinical trials, the medication has been shown to work in as fast as 15 minutes. Viagra typically takes about an hour to become effective.

Erectile Dysfunction plagues nearly 30 million men in the United States, according to Vivus. Stendra is FDA approved in the United States; however, is currently awaiting European approval.