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Erectile dysfunction part 1: the stats, the science, the causes

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a very real and debilitating disorder that affects about 22% of men between the ages of 20 and 75. With the advent of erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), Levitra (vardenafil), and Spedra (avanafil), in the late 90s brought about a “second sexual revolution”. These drugs soared in popularity, and men everywhere realised that they were not alone in their struggle with erectile dysfunction.

In this day and age, men have more options than ever before to treat erectile dysfunction. However, the first step is the same for all treatment options: seek professional help. This is easier said than done, as one study shows that 74% of ED sufferers aged 50 and older did not discuss their sexual dysfunction issues with their doctor. While erectile dysfunction is a highly personal issue, rest assured that your doctor HAS seen and heard it all before. ED is a legitimate health condition that requires proper medical attention, and men should always consult a doctor before obtaining treatment. Read in full

Sildenafil over the counter

sildenafil over the counterPfizer, the pharmaceutical company that developed Viagra (sildenafil), has applied to the UK medicines regulator (MHRA) to reclassify it’s erectile dysfunction (ED) drug from prescription-only to ‘P’ (Pharmacy). This would allow pharmacies to sell sildenafil over the counter without a prescription.

The application is for sildenafil 50mg only in a pack size of 2 tablets. Sildenafil tablets are available on prescription in strengths of 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg in pack sizes of four and eight tablets.

The move follows the expiry of Pfizer’s exclusive patent for Viagra in 2013. After the patent expired other pharmaceutical companies, apart from Pfizer, have been permitted to supply their own sildenafil tablets, sometimes known as generic Viagra.

The application has support from the pharmacy industry: “Sildenafil is one of the most counterfeited medicines,” said Royal Pharmaceutical Society president Martin Astbury, with many men “resorting to the internet to buy medication”. Read in full

Propecia from Boots – is it the cheapest option?

Boots pharmacy exterior of shopNo. While Boots is the most ubiquitous high-street pharmacy in the UK, it is often not the cheapest option for many medicines, and not for men requiring Propecia to treat male pattern hair loss.

Currently (February 2017) Boots sell Propecia tablets for £1.13 each – this is for branded Propecia from Merck. Boots do not offer the lower cost generic version of Propecia called finasteride 1mg via their online doctor service.

How to buy from Boots

To buy Propecia from Boots you will need to register with the Boots Hair Loss Online Clinic, and complete a medical questionnaire. After 2 days you can either pick-up your order from a Boots store or local Post Office, or have it delivered

Dr Fox also provides a mail order option for just 45p per tablet (plus small prescription fee and P&P). Dr Fox also provides branded PropeciaRead in full

Is Malarone from ASDA the cheapest option?

ASDA storeIn short yes – ASDA is the cheapest option to buy Malarone anti-malaria tablets, but it may not be the most convenient option for many people.

Currently (January 2017) ASDA sell Malarone tablets for £1.25 each and provide the choice of branded GSK Malarone or non-branded generic Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil). Both are medically identical and equally effective (no anti-malaria tablet is 100% effective).

How to buy from ASDA

To buy Malarone from ASDA you will need to:

  1. Find a local branch with an in-store pharmacy.
  2. Book an appointment with the pharmacist at the store (for each person requiring tablets).
  3. At the appointment complete a medical questionnaire (10-15 mins).
  4. The pharmacist will assess your information and dispense the appropriate tablets.

Order online with fast delivery

Dr Fox provides a convenient mail order option for £1.90 per tablet (plus small prescription fee and P&P). Read in full

Customer satisfaction survey 2016

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Dr Fox has undertaken an independent customer satisfaction survey for 2016, the results of which continue to confirm our commitment to providing the best service possible is recognised by our customers.

93% of people were either ‘extremely happy’ (81.6%) or ‘very happy’ (11.6%) with the Dr Fox service, and indicated they were ‘very likely’ or ‘extremely likely’ to use the service again.

The full survey results are available to view here.

We would again like to thank all our customers that took the time to respond to our survey this year.

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Side effects of Cialis

Photo of senior man reading Cialis advice leafletCialis is a treatment for erectile dysfunction. It works in a similar way to Viagra (sildenafil), Levitra, and Spedra, and has similar side effects.

The proper medical name for Cialis is tadalafil. Tadalafil, like the other commonly used erectile dysfunction tablets, is a PDE5 inhibitor, which means it works by inhibiting an enzyme called phosphodiesterase. This in turn changes the blood flow in the penis and improves erections.

A single Cialis tablet will usually remain active for 36 hours, which is longer than Viagra/sildenafil, Levitra, or Spedra. Cialis is sometimes called the ‘weekend pill’ because it works for longer than other treatments. Like other erectile dysfunction tablets, Cialis only works if there is sexual stimulation. If there is no stimulation, Cialis remains inactive. After 36 hours the effects wear-off. Read in full

Premature ejaculation – are you a sufferer? Causes & treatments

intimate couple

It is estimated that premature ejaculation affects as much as 40% of men at some stage in their lives, yet the vast majority of us find it very difficult to speak about. Since sufferers can experience great stress in their relationships – as can their partners – it is important that we do more to understand it.

If you are a sufferer of premature ejaculation who follows the right steps, it may be that you can soon have exactly the kind of sex life you hope for. Read in full

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