J. FRANÇOIS EID, MD: We have a lot of different treatments. Really what I'd like to start with is by saying that we can treat every single man that has a problem with erection. That is something that I'm very proud to be able to say that.
Now, of course, the initial treatment that everybody tries is Viagra. Viagra is an incredible medication.
DAVID FOLK THOMAS: It got a lot of publicity. A lot of jokes on lately.
J. FRANÇOIS EID, MD: A lot of publicity, a lot of jokes, but it's extremely effective. The number of patients that receive Viagra prescriptions is tremendous. Approximately one million men a month receive a prescription of Viagra. Now of that million men, approximately 350,000 are new prescriptions.
DAVID FOLK THOMAS: What does Viagra do exactly?
J. FRANÇOIS EID, MD: Viagra works by blocking the enzyme that takes away an erection. If a patient is unable to start an erection, initiate an erection, Viagra will not work. Viagra will improve an erection.
MICHAEL PERELMAN, PhD: It's particularly important for people to realize that, as we've discussed before, you need direct stimulation to the penis in order to be able to obtain and maintain your erection. So one of the beauties of Viagra is taking the pill will not give you an erection, but when you get the same kind of stimulation that used to result in good experiences sexually for you, this will allow it to happen again.