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Apparently, It Isn’t Just Older Men that Want Viagra

August 5, 2004
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The use of Viagra has grown more than three-fold among younger men since it entered the market, according to a study by Express Scripts published in the International Journal of Impotence Research.

The study looked at Viagra (the brand name for sildenafil) use among more than 5 million adults from 1998 to 2002. According to the journal, “while the growth in use slowed in older males, use became more pronounced in younger males.”

Men 18 to 45 years increased use by 312 percent over the study period. Use of the drug for an underlying medical reason declined. “These findings suggest increased use of Viagra as an enhancement or recreational agent,” according to Express Scripts, a pharmacy-benefits manager.

Even with the changes in Viagra buying patterns, the majority of Viagra prescriptions are still written for men 56 years and older.

More information about prescription-drug benefits is available online.

 

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