Medication to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

The Use of Medication to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Issues with Erectile Dysfunction, (also referred to as ED, years ago it was plain impotence) are quite common. The most common reason is that as an man gets older the body produces less testosterone. There are other reasons, too, that can cause Erectile Dysfunction. Yet they don’t have to result in a man not being able to enjoy an active sex life as he did before. There are medications on the market that can make that possible.

Getting Medication

Meds to treat ED

An unhappy wife is complaining to the Qadi about her husband’s impotence. Ottoman miniature.

The exam can also make sure your heart and body are healthy enough to engage in sexual activity. If the doctor determines that you are a good candidate for such medication, then it can be prescribed. They can start you out on a low dose to see how you respond to it.

Types of Medication

There are three types of medication for the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction that have been approved by the FDA. They include:

  • Viagra
  • Cialis
  • Levitra

Viagra was the first one on the market, and still the medicine that most men prefer for ED. This is a pill that is taken 30 to 60 minutes prior to engaging in sexual activity. The timeframe varies by individual.

Levitra is also a type of medication that is taken up to 60 minutes before engaging in sexual activity. Many men use it because it is less expensive than Viagra.

Can you keep a secret?

Cialis is a pill that is taken daily. It is offered in 2.5 mg and 5 mg doses. This medication can be a good option for men that frequently take part in sexual activity, (like porn stars and those who would like to be one).

It is the common choice for males that want to keep it a secret –who don’t want to tell their partners that they experience Erectile Dysfunction.

Some men respond better to one medication than to the others. Be patient and work closely with your doctor to determine the one that may help you the most. It is important to understand that the use of such medicine isn’t a cure for Erectile Dysfunction but a viable treatment solution for many men.

Possible Side Effects

Hugh Hefner once stated that testosterone treatments in combination with Viagra are the best recreational drugs ever encountered.  He should know.

But, on the other hand, everything has its price, eh?  For all the fun Huey has, there may be no escaping the side-effects.  With his wealth, he can afford a personal doctor to be in the house at all times.  The regular guy has to deal with it mostly on his own.

There is, in fact, a risk of possible side effects with the use of medication to treat Erectile Dysfunction. Men that take nitrates shouldn’t take them as they can result in an unsafe drop in blood pressure. Any erection that lasts for more than four hours should be immediately reported to a medical doctor. Penile damage can occur if it isn’t treated.

The risk of side effects depends on the body chemistry of the male and also the dose he takes. The higher the dose, the higher the risk of side effects. Most men find the side effects they experience to be very mild and worth the benefits. Such side effects can include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue

Many might balk at the first four on the list –but, to each, his own.  Everything is a tradeoff.

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Additional perspective on Impotence

According to Wikipedia, there was a time in some locales where male impotence was a crime and grounds for a divorce.  More here:




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