How is dapoxetine used to treat premature ejaculation (PE)?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Samuel G Deem, DO; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Dapoxetine, which is generally categorized as a fast-acting SSRI, was developed specifically to treat this condition. It may be effective at the first dose (ie, on demand) when given 1-3 hours before sexual intercourse, and its adverse-effect profile is comparable to those of other SSRIs. [37, 38, 39] Dapoxetine has been approved in a number of countries but not yet in the United States. In a study of men with both premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction who were on phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) therapy, dapoxetine provided treatment benefit and was generally well tolerated. [40] However, up to 90% of patients discontinue dapoxetine, mostly because of adverse effects, cost, and disappointing efficacy. [30]


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