Grandpa’s Compounding Pharmacy is in a unique position to hear what the problems of patients are. Also, doctors will call on a regular basis with a problem and want to know if Grandpa’s might have something different that will work for a problem they are encountering. And yes, they hear from other doctors who are inventing new things to help their patients. So, Grandpa’s becomes a clearing house for information, as well as a place doctors can go to try new things. This story is an example of this.
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There are 30 percent more women that suffer from sexual dysfunction than there are men. However, this problem is not addressed for most women. As a country we spend over $2 billion a year on medications to help men, but there is not much out there for women at all. Because of this, a local OB/GYN asked if Grandpa’s could make a topical Viagra cream that would work for women.
They did some research and found that there have been tests on women that showed sildenafil (generic for Viagra) does not work for women. The researchers measured to see if women had the same response as men, and found that they didn’t. That was enough to declare it didn’t work.
They reported some negative side effects as well. When the normal dose of 100 mg was taken by mouth, there was a high incidence of headaches and blurred vision. They did mention as a note on the bottom, however, that there was a very high incidence of four other positive side effects; namely, greater blood flow, lubrication, sensitivity and stronger, harder and sometimes, multiple orgasms. These are the results that some men decided were not important to women when they declared that this medicine doesn’t work.
The OB/GYN and Grandpa’s decided that these “minor” results were acceptable, as long as the headaches and vision problems could be eliminated.
After some research and experimentation, Grandpa’s Bill Wills discovered that a small amount could be put in a cream that could be applied topically to the affected area and it gave the women the four positive effects without the negative ones.
Soon the word got out and news reports were actually given around the world. Doctors from Hong Kong, London and Canada were trying to get this. Pfizer (the maker of Viagra), on the other hand, said that it had the best researchers in the world and it was not interested in what a local pharmacist would say, even though the pharmacist didn’t ask for a thing. Now there are companies in other parts of the world manufacturing and selling this cream. Because of their inaction, they lost on an opportunity, and because of patent laws, will not make it for Americans.
This has helped many women and some have come back and said this actually saved their marriage. But it is not the answer for all women. For many, their body is low on testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that women produce, though not in the same amount that men do. It works to give women an overall feeling of well-being, energy, etc., as well as increase the libido and help with orgasms. So if the libido is there, but the body doesn’t respond, sildenafil may work. Or, if the libido is down, because the body doesn’t respond, it might also work.
However, if there is low libido because of low testosterone levels, it would be better to take care of that, then move on to see if further help is needed. To determine this, women should talk to their doctors. A doctor should be able to tell by symptoms or may do tests using blood or saliva.
Everything Grandpa’s makes requires a prescription. But you can go in and talk to one of the pharmacists for free about your situation to see if this might help before going to the doctor. They could even contact your doctor for you.
Dan Wills, MBA, is manager at Grandpa’s Compounding Pharmacy, and helped with research on his father Bill’s topical cream invention.