December 4, 2005

Sales of impotence drugs have gone soft.

But why?
[M]any impotent men have chosen not to take the drugs, even though the drugs work about 70 percent of the time and have relatively few side effects....

While the drugs have helped millions, many impotent men have simply decided not to take medicine to improve their ability to have sex, said Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, associate clinical professor of urology at Harvard Medical School.

"The idea that every man with erectile dysfunction is going to want to take one of these pills - I think that's not accurate," Dr. Morgentaler said. "And I don't think there's anything wrong with that."...

Younger men who take the drugs are often disappointed because the medicines do not stimulate sexual desire, said Ian Kerner, a sex therapist in New York City. Instead, the drugs work in men who are already aroused but are physically unable to sustain an erection because they have poor blood flow to the penis.

"I think that they're being oversold," Mr. Kerner said. "I especially think they're being oversold to young people."
The article notes that the sale of antidepressants has also fallen. Has some widespread reaction to mainstream drug-pushing set in? Are human beings finding their way back to their natural bodies?

"Don't you want to be free and men? Don't you even understand what manhood and freedom are?"

12 comments:

Icepick said...

If they want to take my Soma, they'll have to pry it from my cold dead heands!

Icepick said...

... my cold, dead contented hands....

Meade said...

Seeing as how they are cold, dead, and contented, it shouldn't really take much prying then, should it?

Icepick said...

My family is know for the exceptionally fast rigor mortis of our corpses.

Meade said...

Interesting. Is it genetic or does the whole clan take Viagra?

miklos rosza said...

Well, this is contrary to what I'm aware of... there's a semi-thriving black market among young men who seek Viagra. A 28 year old friend of mine said once, "They make you feel like you're 14!"

Ron said...

For sales results lasting longer than four financial quarters, please consult your marketing team!

Hoots said...

Best. Post. Headline. Today.
Love it!

chuck b. said...

What if Viagra wasn't a pharmaceutical? What if it was just discovered you could get a Viagra woodie from eating the palatable leaf of a certain willow tree? Does that change the calculus of moral judgment involved in finding one's way back to his natural body?

Bruce Hayden said...

What might be interesting is to see if the statistics given take into effect foreign sales of the drugs reshipped back into the U.S. via Internet pharmacies.

Why bother with dealing with a real M.D., and all that entails, when you can go online and get any of these drugs fairly easily?

I guess I would also like to see if sales controlled by age have changed. As one poster commented, at least in the past, the drugs have been used by younger men to enhance their endurance. I have seen multiple references (don't know how accurate though) of some gay men combining, say, viagra, with meth for extended marathons of sex. Probably happens in the straight world too.

Simon Kenton said...

A psychiatrist friend commented on the sales of these drugs, "Shows there's a lot of people out there who don't like each other." Many people have their idea of male desire informed by teenagers, but in fact it is actually fairly fragile - a lesson Camille Paglia has offered those women who are willing to hear it (and haven't noticed it for themselves). The premise of Amis' savagely funny novel, "Jake's Thing," is that the narrator is offered the chance to regain his potency and his regular relations with women, and he'd prefer not to.

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Hans Bader said...

Not all men were happy Viagra arrived. It eliminated one tactful excuse for not having sex with a wife who has really let herself go -- a feigned inability to perform.

Imagine you're a forty-five year old dad with a wife who's gotten fat and adopted a unisex haircut.

You've got two kids together, so you can't get a divorce (bad for the kids, and your wife would get custody of the kids anyway, along with child support and alimony).

Nor can you risk triggering a divorce by telling your wife how you really feel about what's she's become. (It's mom rather than dad who brings the divorce suit three-quarters of the time).

So you say you can't perform (even though you could perform with someone more attractive than her).

Viagra undercut this excuse a little bit, at least before the media hype about Viagra blindness.

Now dear old dad can rely on that health risk, and his supposed inability to perform, to avoid unpleasant marital relations.

Healthier living, and improved dietary and exercise habits, are needed to improve Americans' sex lives, not Viagra.