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Pill to put pep into men’s sex lives

Professor Ana Puigvert, left, and Dr Etienne Kok unveil the tablets in Durban. Photo: Barbara Cole

Professor Ana Puigvert, left, and Dr Etienne Kok unveil the tablets in Durban. Photo: Barbara Cole

Published Feb 9, 2013


Durban - The contents of a small, discreet packet are set to bring huge results to men who have had flagging fortunes in the bedroom.

Sales in some 17 countries are already sky high – and it has just become available in South Africa.

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And the beauty of this latest product for men suffering from erectile dysfunction is that it does not look like a pharmaceutical product and no one needs to know you have taken it. And it does not have to be taken with water. It can revolutionise “men’s activity”, a visiting expert said in Durban this week.

The little white tablet tastes minty, dissolves in the mouth in less than a minute and is effective in 10 or 15 minutes (45 minutes faster than alternatives).

And if some hours later you want a repeat performance, the effects of the tablet will continue to kick in, the producers claim.

The tablet – Levitra ODT 10 – was unveiled to local doctors and pharmacists this week by international expert, Barcelona-based Professor Ana Puigvert, president of the Spanish Association of Andrology. Since the German-manufactured tablet became available 18 months ago, 325 million packets have been sold.

“It is a completely different way of giving someone the drug,” said the professor’s South African colleague, Dr Etienne Kok, lecturer in sexual medicine at the department of urology at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria.

“A lot of people can benefit: both the young and the young at heart. They can take this tablet for erectile dysfunction in a very discreet way, without it being an issue,” he said.

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It has to be prescribed by a doctor as the patient might have underlying problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

It costs R255, inclusive of VAT, for a packet of four tablets, Kok said.

It will not be covered by medical aid but patients with a savings option might be able to claim.

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