Cialis - Potent Weekend Drug

Nov. 25, 2003 -- Cialis, a drug for male impotence, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration last week. Cialis joins sildenafil (Viagra), approved by the FDA in 1998, and vardenafil (Levitra), approved earlier this year, as drugs for erectile dysfunction. The effect of Cialis can last 24 to 36 hours, several times longer than Viagra or Levitra. "In France, it's called 'le weekend' drug," according to the drugmaker.

Our Thoughts: The FDA announcement of Cialis follows. Whenever possible, we prefer to provide you with the FDA announcement of a new drug rather than a rewrite of it which is often selective and biased.

Note that, if the effects of a drug are longer lasting, so usually are the dangers and side effects longer lasting.

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FDA Approves Third Drug To Treat Erectile Dysfunction

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved Cialis® (tadalafil), an oral medication to treat erectile dysfunction (ED, or impotence) in men. This is the third oral product approved for this condition. This drug is different than currently approved products for ED in that it stays in the body longer.