Priligy (Dapoxetine) now available in New Zealand

by Arnau

Today, the New Zealand government approved Priligy for use in the treatment of premature ejaculation (via Voxy). Priligy is the commercial name for Dapoxetine, which has been a widespread, and relatively successful treatment for a number of years now. Priligy is manufactured by Janssen-Cilag (I thought it was Johnson & Johnson!)

Priligy is a single table, which is taken 1-3 hours before sex. It is a short-acting SSRI, which means the drug stops working around 1-2 hours after taking it, compared to other SSRIs which stay in your body for 3-4 days. In trials, Dapoxetine was proven to extend time to orgasm by a bit over 3 minutes.

It will be available on prescription only, and the full price is to be paid by the patient. It may only be prescribed to men between 18 and 64 years of age.

One other interesting thing I found in the article was that the NZ doctor interviewed said 20-24% of men over 24 experience PE. This is different to the usual 30% everyone quotes. Obviously 6-10% of men experiencing PE are under 24. Which makes sense, because they are less experienced and more eager!

This is a good sign because premature ejaculation is not talked about much, even though one third of all men suffer from it! Drugs like these can help men start on a program to rid themselves of PE for good.

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