While it may still be taboo to talk about erection problems, finding help has never been easier. However, not all erectile dysfunction (ED) treatments are equal. Pharmacologically, PDE5 (phosphodiesterase type 5) inhibitors still rule the market. Sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra) are the popular options. Though they all belong to the same drug class, they are not the same and should not be used interchangeably, unless there’s a go signal from your doctor.
Pfizer has achieved a game-changing feat worldwide for releasing Viagra. Some people call it the “vitamin V” but it is still not the super drug ED sufferers believed it to be. After all, you need to plan your sexual activity within 4 hours of taking it, leaving no room for spontaneity. When Cialis, aptly nicknamed The Weekend Pill, was introduced as having a half-life of 17.5 hours, it was granted FDA approval the next year.
What a longer half-life means
Dexilant (generic dexlansoprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that is used to treat non-erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, erosive esophagitis, and heartburn in patients 12 years of age and older. Histamine 2 (H2) receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors are the first-line treatments for GERD. Dexlansoprazole is a new generation PPI with high efficacy in treating symptoms and lesions from erosive esophagitis secondary to GERD. Takeda pharmaceuticals was granted FDA approval in January 2009 for Dexilant delayed-release capsule under the name Kapidex. The trade name was later changed to Dexilant, which is the name that appears in labelling after March 2010. Overall, dexlansoprazole has a good safety profile and carries a low risk of negative interactions with other drugs. Patients with nighttime symptoms and sleeping disorders, resulting from gastroesophageal reflux disease will benefit from this medication.
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