Cialis set to give Viagra a run for money


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 24 Dec 2003

From the Malay Press

AFTER Viagra, it is the Cialis. This new anti-impotence drug has been approved by the Health Ministry, said Utusan Malaysia, and is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of next year. 

Also known by its chemical name tadafil, the green-and-yellow pill is produced by US-based pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly, which claims to have marketed it to over 40 countries, including Singapore, the Philippines, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. 

The paper reckoned that it would draw a good response from the estimated 2.2 million men in Malaysia afflicted with the problem. 

The company’s finance director for Malaysia and Singapore, Leong Chee Kong, was quoted by the daily as saying that Cialis has an effect lasting up to 36 hours, which gives the man and his partner more flexibility for impromptu sexual intercourse. 

Leong said the Cialis can only be obtained with a doctor’s prescription and is available in 10mg and 20mg dosages. However, like other anti-impotence drugs, it cannot be consumed together with nitrates.  

Leong cautioned consumers that Cialis could also cause mild side effects, such as headaches, stomach aches, backaches, flushes and stuffy noses. However, these effects would decrease if Cialis is taken continuously. 

In Berita Harian, a report quoted Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo as saying that the state government plans to submit a proposal to the Housing and Local Government Ministry to elevate Petaling Jaya to city status. 

Dr Khir said even though Selangor already has a city - Shah Alam - it is not unusual for a state to have more than one city, as long as the criterion were fulfilled.  

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