New erectile dysfunction gel is literally dynamite 2018-03-30
Researchers have come up with a dynamite solution for tackling impotence — a gel containing the explosive nitroglycerin.
In trials, rubbing on a pea-size blob of the gel delivered a positive result within 10 minutes for seven in 10 men with erectile dysfunction.
It works up to 12 times faster than Viagra.
The rub-on gel works by releasing a nitric oxide gas that widens tiny blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the penis.
Doctors at University College London Hospitals and other centers did trials on more than 220 men with erectile dysfunction.
Half had the treatment, while the rest were given a dummy gel.
The study found that 44 percent of the men who were given the real gel achieved erections within five minutes.
For 70 percent, it took less than 10.
Viagra and other impotence pills usually take between 30 minutes and an hour to kick in.
David Ralph, a consultant urologist, said: “Potential advantages include the potential for fast action and ease of use. Their use could be incorporated into sexual foreplay, increasing the level of intimacy between couples.”
Overall, one in four men experienced a clinically significant improvement.
Side effects were mild, with around one in 13 suffering headaches.
Medics say tweaking the formula may produce even better results.
Thousands of patients already take nitroglycerin daily under its medical name of glyceryl trinitrate to combat angina — chest pain caused by poor blood flow to the heart.
Causes of erectile dysfunction can be psychological or physical — ranging from stress to conditions affecting blood flow, such as heart disease and diabetes. Many sufferers do not respond to drugs such as Viagra.
Researchers now plan further trials and say the gel may be available by next year and cost $1.25 daily for a year’s supply.