Premature Ejaculation Drug Dapoxetine: 5 Facts You Should Know

Saturday, March 29, 2014 Stef dela Cruz, MD 0 Comments

Guys, heads up! Suffering in silence is no longer an option - at least, not when it comes to problems in the bedroom. In an advocacy campaign, A. Menarini Philippines unveiled a drug for premature ejaculation called dapoxetine. (I can almost hear a collective applause from my male readers.)

Yes, I know, the news is making you all... excited. But keep your enthusiasm at bay and allow me to exhaust all my puns before you decide to let it all out!

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Okay, quota for puns has been officially met. It's like scratching an ancient itch! (Okay, that's another pun, but whatever.) Now, back to the business of premature ejaculation. *putting on straight face*

Dapoxetine: Man's Best Friend?

Let me tell you about my newest acquaintance. I have a feeling that all my male readers (and also the female readers who have male partners, wink!) will be very happy to hear about the first and only drug approved for the treatment of premature ejaculation.

Dapoxetine, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, helps delay orgasmic release by addressing low levels of serotonin in the brain. But there are things you should know about dapoxetine before you start hoarding it!

On a related note: Do you want to know what celebrities like RJ Ledesma, Regine Tolentino, Anthony Pangilinan, Paolo Abrera, and other celebrities had to say about premature ejaculation? Then read about the dapoxetine launch in the Philippines and find out!

5 Facts You Should Know About Premature Ejaculation Drug Dapoxetine

Did you know that about one out of every three guys is suffering from premature ejaculation? That's a whole lot of men who feel unhappy about their, um, "performance". (See me doing air quotes like a wild animal.)

If you have ten male friends, chance are, at least three of them are "coming too soon". Dapoxetine may work to help delay ejaculation and here are a few things about the drug that you (and all your male friends, too) must know.

Fact #1: Dapoxetine is an example of "success after a second chance".

News flash: Dapoxetine actually failed the first time around. That's because it was initially intended to treat depression. However, it stays in the body much shorter than expected, so it can't be useful as an anti-depressant.

It then found its place in premature ejaculation. Many other serotonin reuptake inhibitors lead to delayed ejaculation, but dapoxetine lingers in the body for just about 24 hours - the perfect duration for a drug meant to address premature sexual release.

Dr Dennis SerranoAbout one out of every three men suffer from premature ejaculation, Dr Dennis Serrano said during the Commit to Control PE advocacy launch. That's a whole lot of men (and their respective women!) who aren't too happy in bed!

I want to think of dapoxetine as a happy failure. Guys should be thanking heavens it didn't work out initially, if you get my drift.

Fact #2: Dapoxetine delays ejaculation by about five minutes.

The drug takes effect by decreasing the amount of serotonin reabsorbed from the synapse. But if you're not a nurse or a doctor, you probably want me to slap me in the face for vomiting all these words you can't understand, so let me make it simple for you.

According to A. Menarini Philippines, men with premature ejaculation actually have low serotonin levels. By increasing your available serotonin levels, it can help delay ejaculation by up to five minutes. (There, I hope that's easier to digest.)

RJ LedesmaPremature ejaculation is subjective, host RJ Ledesma said. What matters more than how long you last is how happy you are with your track record!

Five minutes, after all, might be enough time for a guy to, um, perform well in bed. It works even after just one tablet. But the longer a guy takes it, the better its effects.

Fact #3: Dapoxetine should be taken about two hours before sexual contact.

Planning on doing the dirty but afraid there might be another "accident"? Dapoxetine is supposed to be taken at least one hour (and even up to three hours) beforehand.

Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan"Sex doesn't start in bed; it starts at the breakfast table," Maricel Pangilinan said.

But please, don't take more than one tablet a day! The drug stays in your body for about 24 hours, anyway.

Fact #4: Not everybody suffering from premature ejaculation can take dapoxetine.

Sorry, guys, but if you have a serious ailment, you might not exactly be the best candidate for dapoxetine therapy. Diseases that disqualify you from the Dapoxetine Lucky Bastards' Club (hihi, I coined that one) include heart problems, mental problems, and glaucoma.

If you're too young or too old, you shouldn't take dapoxetine, either. This drug is meant for guys ages 18 to 64 years old.

Fact #5: You can start buying dapoxetine starting June 2014.

"What? June 2014?!? But it's like the first week of April! That means waiting for two whole months!!!"

Sorry; you're going to have to wait a little longer before you can buy dapoxetine. But come to think of it, June isn't too far away, anyway.

Just make sure you consult your doctor before you ask a pharmacist for dapoxetine. I can’t emphasize that enough! It's a prescription drug and you need instructions so that you don't pop it in your mouth like candy.

Premature Ejaculation: Are You Sure You Don't Have It?

Before you look down your nose and say, "Well, this drug ain't something I need," you should really try to answer the Premature Ejaculation Diagnostic Tool. Don't worry; it's just 5 questions long.

Each question has a maximum score of 4, with a highest possible total score of 20. The higher you score, the higher the probability that you have premature ejaculation.

premature ejaculation questionnaire

A score of about 9 or 10 means you probably have it. A score greater than 10 means you definitely do!

If you need to see a doctor for premature ejaculation, just visit Commit to Control PE online. Then, click on the "doctor locator" and find the physician whom you feel you can trust with your deepest, darkest, I-come-too-soon secrets.

*HOT!* Related article:
6 myths on premature ejaculation

And before you close this tab, don't forget to share what you know about the premature ejaculation drug Dapoxetine on your Facebook page or via Twitter. Your male friends will thank you for it (silently) and maybe, so will their wives!

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!