News Tuesday February 1, 2011

Cialis booms in China

Sales of Cialis doubled in China during 2010

Cialis manufacturer Eli Lilly revealed the boom in sales, which it attributes to a wider distribution of the drug in China, with more hospitals and pharmacies now stocking the medication.

A 2010 study, carried out by the Chinese Medical Association, indicated that 26% of adult males in China had erectile dysfunction. Among the over-40s age group, around 40% experienced erectile dysfunction. The results, based on men living in 11 cities, were comparable to the findings of studies in the UK and the US.

Impotence in China

The 2010 study found that, for the majority of impotent Chinese men, psychological factors were to blame. Psychological factors that can contribute to obesity include worries about pleasing your partner.

At the same time, the study also found that 7% of Chinese men with impotence suffered physical problems, which had led to their erectile dysfunction. Many had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as hypertension, diabetes or poor cholesterol levels.

Wang Xiaofeng, director of the urology surgery department with Peking University People's Hospital, has estimated that, among impotent Chinese men, around 83% never seek out erectile dysfunction treatment.

Erectile dysfunction drug options

Cialis is the second most popular impotence drug worldwide, after Viagra. It was introduced in the early 2000s. Cialis works similarly to Viagra, except it has a longer effect; while Viagra works for four hours, Cialis works for 36, which has led to it being nicknamed “the weekender pill.”

Another erectile dysfunction drug called Levitra was also made available in the 2000s.

The next big impotence drug could be avanafil, a medication that is currently awaiting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, and which, its manufacturer Vivus says, can get to work in just 15 minutes.

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