Coming Soon: Schizophrenics on Viagra

That’s right, Pfizer, of Viagra-fame has set its sights on a different illness, schizophrenia. “Researchers at Pfizer are using insights into Viagra to design experimental drugs that may improve on Zyprexa, the best- selling schizophrenia remedy from Eli Lilly & Co., with $4.2 billion in sales last year.”

Zyprexa is allegedly dangerous, causing serious side-effects such as diabetes, and Eli Lily has been the target of several lawsuits.

But, Viagra? Seriously?

“Starting in 1998, company researchers began probing the role that a family of enzymes called phosphodiesterases play in the human body, says Martin Jefson, a Pfizer scientist. Viagra works by inhibiting one of the enzymes in the group.”

Right. So you’re going to give the schizophrenics hard-ons? Won’t that just make the voices talk dirty?

“Preliminary studies suggest Pfizer’s new treatment may provide an advance, the company’s scientists say. They point to experiments in lab rodents bred to have traits that mimic antisocial human behavior. These findings show the drug may help patients feel more engaged in their surroundings than do the current treatments.”

Sounds like horny rodents to me.

Viagra’s Enzyme Action May Give Pfizer Schizophrenia Advance

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  1. lpranal says:

    could you please post something more uninformed? yes i realize the humor angle is oh so tantalizing, but come on, with that attitude you can make fun of just about any drug. (penicillin is mold! stop the presses!)

    next, please.

  2. Anonymously says:

    Viagra was originally concocted to help with hypertension, the erections are basically a side-effect.

    P.S. – Boner.

  3. kerry says:

    Yeah, I agree with the other comments. This is not unusual in the drug world, since individual proteins have myriad effects in our bodies, and a drug that inhibits one will likewise cause myriad results. Like when researchers realized that folks on Wellbutrin were suddenly not smoking anymore, and altered the dosage and maybe some of the minor components of the drug to rebrand it as a stop-smoking aid called Zyban.

  4. You mean drug companies use the insights gained from other drugs to help their research into other fields?! Like, OMG!!

    Bring back ben.

  5. thatabbygirl says:

    To pile on the cranky train, I found this line pretty offensive to anyone with any sensitivity towards mental health issues: “So you’re going to give the schizophrenics hard-ons? Won’t that just make the voices talk dirty?”

    Because living with persistent intrusive auditory hallucinations isn’t a problem, it’s a punchline!

  6. I just need a good speed. What is the best I should be looking for ? perscription or not.