Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation (PE) simply means coming too quickly. This is one of the most common of all sexual problems and affects up to 40% of men. “Coming too quickly” means different things to different people, however medically PE is defined as coming within 3 minutes of penetration. Insufficient staying power can seriously affect your sex life and leave you feeling down, but it should not be neglected. Despite affecting so many men this problem has largely been overlooked in part due to there being no real cure, until now. Priligy is a new treatment and the only prescription medicine approved in the UK to specifically treat premature ejaculation.

What is it?

Priligy is classed as an SSRI antidepressant and is the first oral medication for the treatment of premature ejaculation. The drug is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and works by altering the levels of a brain chemical called serotonin. Like other medicines of the same class Priligy is able to effectively delay male climax. Priligy is a low dose SSRI medicine which has been safety tested.

How does it work?

The exact mechanisms behind how Priligy work are not 100% clear. However, the medicine has been tested in a clinic trial involving over 6,000 patients and has been proven to effectively treat premature ejaculation.

Main points to consider

  • First time users should try the standard dose of 30mg first. Only if this proves ineffective, should you try the stronger dose of 60mg.
  • Priligy should be taken 1-3 hours prior to sexual activity. It remains effective for approximately four hours and should not be taken more than once in any 24-hour period.
  • Do not drink before taking Priligy as this can increase the risk of dizziness, sleepiness, slowed reactions and fainting.
  • Side-effects include dizziness, nausea, insomnia, headache, insomnia and diarrhoea.
  • Priligy is not currently available from your GP or on the NHS. Only a few private doctors prescribe it.

For further Information please read the Patient Information Leaflet carefully

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About Premature Ejaculation

Premature Ejaculation occurs when a man is unable to maintain an erection long enough, without ejaculating, for satisfactory sexual activity.

Premature ejaculation is when a man “comes” or ejaculates too quickly penetration, or when a man ejaculates before penetration. Essentially “too quickly” is defined as what a man and his partner deem to be too short a period of time, and could range from 1 minute to 20 minutes or more. Some men also feel they are unable to prevent themselves from ejaculating and this can lead to frustration and distress. The problem is generally associated with younger men, and little sexual experience. Over time many men learn how to get to control the problem, however, for some it persists into their 40s and beyond. This is know as primary PE. In some cases PE can develop in men who have previously led a normal sex life (this is referred to as acquired or secondary PE). PE is said to affects up to 40% of men at any one time in their life and can be a short term or long term problem.

PE can be an indicator for an underlying medical problem. If you believe you are suffering from PE, a visit to the doctor is important before seeking treatment online. This is to rule out the possibility of more serious underlying psychological conditions such as anxiety.

The most common causes of premature ejaculation are believed to be psychological however, the exact causes are unknown. An imbalance of serotonin has been linked to PE, which is why Priligy can help to treat the problem.

People will often confuse premature ejaculation with erectile dysfunction (or impotence), so understanding the difference between these two conditions is important in finding the right course treatment.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man is unable to get an erection which is hard enough for penetration or for completing sexual intercourse through to ejaculation. The problem for men with ED is a lack of sufficient rigidity of the penis. ED can occur at any age, but tends to more frequently affect men over the age of 40. It is associated with underlying medical problems such as diabetes, raised cholesterol or raised blood pressure.

Premature ejaculation (PE) occurs when a man is able to get an erection for sexual intercourse and is able to maintain this until ejaculation. The problem for men with PE is that they are unable to control when they ejaculate. The general mechanics which are required for sex are in working order however, men with PE will “come” too quickly and sex is over before they want it to be. The problem can occur at any age, but is more frequently associated with men under 40.

Caution is advised when Priligy is taken together with Viagra (sildenafil), Levitra (vardenafil) or Cialis (tadalafil).

Take care when using Priligy alongside impotence treatments such as Viagra, Levitra or Cialis. There is a chance that this combination of medicines cmay lower your blood pressure and cause you to feel faint when standing up. To avoid this potential side effect, leave at least 24 hours between taking Priligy and Viagra or Levitra and at least 48 hours between Priligy and Cialis. If you intend to take Priligy with Viagra (sildenafil), Levitra (vardenafil) or Cialis (tadalafil) is is iimperative that you inform the prescribing doctor. Furthermore, ensure that you take the drugs in a safe environment for the first few times, i.e. a place where you can sit or lie down with ease should you feel faint.