New generation of anti-impotency drugs may be more effective than Viagra
A new generation of anti-impotency drugs that are rubbed into the skin could prove more effective than Viagra, research indicates.
Scientists in the United States have successfully tested the new technique – which involves tiny objects called nanoparticles – on rats and believe it could also be used to help humans.
Under the therapy, nanoparticles that release the anti-erectile chemical nitric oxide are rubbed on the problem area, and absorbed directly into the skin.
Of the seven rats treated by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, five showed signs of arousal, according to results presented to the American Urological Association (AUA).
The new treatment would likely have fewer side effects than Viagra, which is taken orally and been shown to cause headaches and facial flushing.
Researchers also believe that the nanoparticle therapy could work much more quickly than Pfizer’s market-leading drug, which takes up to an hour to kick in.
“This is a very interesting concept which has potential to impact treatment of many conditions including erectile dysfunction if it can be translated from the animal lab to clinical practice,” said Ira D Sharlip of the AUA.
Between 20 and 30 million men in the U.S. are thought to suffer from the erectile problems, which can be caused by a variety of conditions.