Last updated on: May 12, 2016
In testing I found it extended my lasting time by around 2 minutes on average. Despite that moderate success, however, I don’t think it’s the best way to treat premature ejaculation; there are better options in my opinion.
I decided to write an in-depth Dapoxetine review because there’s so much talk about the drug at the moment.
Reliable information about it isn’t so easy to find though, so I’ve put together this resource to help inform guys who might be thinking of trying it.
What is Dapoxetine?
Dapoxetine is the first oral medicine specifically created to treat premature ejaculation.
It’s not currently available in every country, though is rapidly being approved in more every year. See the history section below for more on this.
It’s important to note that Dapoxetine won’t permanently cure premature ejaculation. You need to use it every time you want to have sex.
Dapoxetine is a member of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) family of drugs. These are typically used as anti-depressants. The original idea was actually to create a new anti-depressant, but it never came to be.
Instead, the scientists discovered that it worked in delaying orgasm. So its only use now is in treating premature ejaculation for men between the ages of 16 and 64.
Anti-depressants are often prescribed by doctors to help with premature ejaculation. They’re well known to be effective in delaying ejaculation. But this is the first time a drug of this kind has been manufactured purely for this purpose.
Priligy comes in 2 different dose levels – a 30mg and 60mg version. You would usually start on 30mg and move up to 60mg if necessary.
What makes it special?
Anti-depressants have long been offered men to help with premature ejaculation. For example, Fluoxetine (Prozac), Citalopram, Sertaline, Paroxetine, Clomipramine and Fluvoxamine. But there are problems associated with using these.
The main problem being that you need to take them every day. This is to ensure that the ejaculation delay effect will work when you come to have sex at any point during the day.
But would you want to take an anti-depressant every day if you don’t suffer from depression?
You may end up facing some of the common side effects of anti-depressants. More worryingly though are the side-effects that can affect your sexual function: a reduction in sexual libido or increased risk of sexual dysfunction. Out of the frying pan and into the fire as they say.
Dapoxetine though is very fast acting in comparison to those anti-depressants. The body absorbs it quickly, so you can take it a couple of hours before you think you might have sex. The body also eliminates it quickly, reducing the risk of the longer-term side effects.
The benefit then is that it can be used as an on-demand treatment for premature ejaculation. You don’t have to constantly cover yourself by taking a pill every day. This is a key point if you don’t have sex very frequently.
2. My experience
Dapoxetine still isn’t easily available in the United Kingdom. I was able to get hold of it through private healthcare though. This proved quite expensive, working out at about £15 per pill.
I actually tried Dapoxetine before the behavioral training program that has since improved my premature ejaculation problem. So this Dapoxetine review is written in retrospect.
At the time my personal lasting time was very short. Under 2 minutes was the normal time I could have sex for without needing to stop and wait to calm down.
I did find that the 30mg dose of Dapoxetine I took improved my lasting time. Over the couple of weeks that I experimented with it, I found I was able to last 3-4 minutes on average. And a couple of times I lasted between 5 and 7 minutes.
So it didn’t exactly turn me into a super-stud overnight, but the increase from around 1-2 minutes to at least 3-4 minutes was still an improvement.
And the good thing was that it worked every time, as long as I took the tablets on average 2 hours before.
I tried taking it 30 minutes before on one occasion and didn’t feel the effects. I didn’t play around with the timings any more though as the pills were expensive.
So that’s the good news. The bad news is the headaches. Dapoxetine is known to cause some side effects in a small percentage of men, and it seemed I was one of those unlucky few.
The first time I thought it was perhaps due to the anxiety of trying out a new drug. But in fact I experienced unpleasant headaches the first 3 or 4 times I tried Priligy. It did seem to improve after that, but didn’t disappear altogether.
So would I recommend taking them? I’m not a medical professional, so I don’t feel comfortable making any statement recommending a drug like Dapoxetine. Instead I recommend you talk it through with your own doctor if you want to try it.
I do recommend doing two things though:
1. That you don’t buy Dapoxetine online if you live in a country where it isn’t licensed for use yet. Read the section below for more on this.
2. That you consider whether you need a powerful drug like this to treat your premature ejaculation.
3. Further Information
Why is it called Dapoxetine and Priligy? A Brief history
Dapoxetine is the original name of the drug, going back around 15 years. Priligy is the brand name it was later given by the pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson. Most drugs have two or more names, so it’s not unusual.
Over the years several different companies have been involved, making it even more confusing. Here’s a short history of Priligy:
- Dapoxetine was created by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. It was originally intended to be an anti-depressant, but this never happened.
- In 1998 the company PPD GenuPro aquired the rights to develop Dapoxetine as a drug for premature ejaculation.
- In 2001 ALZA corporation (part of Johnson and Johnson) acquired the rights from PDD to market and develop it.
- In 2003 PPD bought the patent from Eli Lilly.
- A few years later three more Johnson and Johnson companies (Ortho McNeil, Janssen-Ortho Inc and Janssen-Cilag) got involved to market it in the US, Canada and Europe.
- In 2012 Furiex Pharmaceuticals entered into agreements with the Johnson and Johnson companies to market Priligy worldwide. Furiex now has full ownership rights over Priligy.
- Furiex has given a commercial license to the Menari group in Europe, most of Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Whilst the history is complicated, all you really need to know is that Dapoxetine is the basic name of the drug. Priligy is the brand name you’ll see advertised and written on packets of pills.
Which countries have approved Dapoxetine?
Currently Dapoxetine has been approved and marketed in over 50 countries, including: Sweden, Finland, Austria, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, France, Malaysia, Philippines, Argentina and Uruguay.
It’s not currently approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States, and is still undergoing phase III clinical testing.
It’s available in the United Kingdom, but not on the National Health Service, and only on a limited basis through private routes. You can get it, but it’s going to make your sex life expensive.
More countries are approving Dapoxetine for use every year, and it is thought by experts that many more countries will eventually approve it.
Should I buy Priligy online?
It’s a purely personal choice to buy Priligy online or not. However, it’s a choice which comes with risks attached.
There are a number of online pharmacies selling authentic Priligy; there are also a worryingly large number of online companies selling counterfeit products.
Are you sure you can tell the difference between a trustworthy and a fake source just from their website?
If you’re determined to buy Dapoxetine online, then here are some things to consider:
- If the website looks bad, is very small, or only selling Priligy, then look elsewhere.
- Do some background checks on the company name of the website.
- Some counterfeit drugs are ineffective, so you may end up wasting your money.
- Some counterfeit drugs are dangerous. They may contain harmful components such as lead paint or animal poison.
There is an eye-opening article written by the Pharmacy Times. It outlines the many dangers of buying prescription drugs from online pharmacies.
For these reasons I don’t recommend buying Priligy online. To me, the risks of taking fake drugs outweighs the benefits. It’s likely that Priligy will be approved in many more countries eventually, so you may have an opportunity to try it in the future when it arrives in your country.
What evidence is there that it works?
The main evidence for the effectiveness of Dapoxetine can be found in a large research review conducted by Dr Chris G McMahon in 2012. He reviewed 5 different major studies of Dapoxetine which involved over 6000 men in total.
Here’s a summary of the main findings:
For men who last an average of 0.9 minutes, 30mg of Priligy increased that to 3.1 minutes, and 60mg increased it to 3.6 minutes. Patients on a placebo increased to 1.9 minutes. You can see this in the table below:
The average lasting time during sex before and after taking Priligy
|Before||30mg Priligy||60mg Priligy||Placebo|
|0.9 minutes||3.1 minutes||3.6 minutes||1.9 minutes|
So it appears that on average Priligy does increase the lasting time by a couple of minutes, which was my experience also. But is 3 minutes enough to satisfy both you and your partner?
Surveys show that the majority of women need longer than 3 minutes of sex to feel satisfied. So although Priligy does increase lasting time, the average may still lead to disappointment.
The study does mention the change in men’s belief about their control level. Before the percentage of men saying they thought it was ‘good’ or better was 0.9%. With 30mg Priligy this was 26.2%. With 60mg Priligy it was 30.2%. And with the placebo it was 11.2%.
This level of satisfaction is similar then to a report in the UK website, Netdoctor, which says:
Unfortunately, the trial results we’ve seen so far suggest that in reality only about 45 per cent of men reported that the drug gave them control that was ‘fair, good or very good
What are the Dapoxetine side effects and is it safe?
Dr McMahon also reviewed how many of the 6000 men experienced problems with the drug. The table below shows the percentage of men that experienced the more common Dapoxetine side effects.
Percentages of men experiencing side effects:
|Side Effect||30mg when needed||60mg when needed||Placebo|
You can see then that many men do experience side effects when taking Priligy. In addition to these common side effects, there were also reports of a very small number of men experiencing Snyope:
It was concluded that dapoxetine is associated with vasovagal-mediated syncope (a temporary inability of the brain to control blood pressure and heart rate adequately causing syncope), but otherwise caused no other cardiovascular adverse events.
In concluding Dr McMahon does state though that Dapoxetine is safe to use for the majority of men.
You should be aware that Priligy does come with warnings that you shouldn’t take it if you have certain health conditions. This is why it’s so important to discuss taking it with a doctor first.
The way you decide to treat premature ejaculation will always be a personal choice. The frustration it causes understandably leads many men to be willing to try almost anything.
With so much hype about Priligy it’s easy to get carried away and hope that this is finally the cure you’ve been waiting for.
There’s no doubt that Dapoxetine can help many men to improve their premature ejaculation, but it’s far from ideal.
Even if it does work, my personal Dapoxetine tests found that it may only extend your lasting time by a couple of minutes. Whilst this is certainly an improvement, there are other options which can do better than that.
If you need something which will immediately help you, I would recommend trying out a delay spray first.
I also suggest trying behavioral techniques which could permanently improve your sexual stamina. You can find out more about how these in the section discussing premature ejaculation books.