Erectile dysfunction is a medical term that generally refers to impotence. This is when a man is not able to sustain a firm erection – or can’t get an erection at all – to engage in sexual intercourse. Although for many man it can be awkward to consult with a doctor regarding their sexual problems, asking for professional advice on erectile dysfunction is definitely worthwhile.
There are three approved drugs that have proven to be effective when it comes to treatment of erectile dysfunction. In this article, we are going to look at each of them. Read on to find out more.
Viagra assists many men who have ED to be able to properly respond when sexually stimulated. Sexual arousal in men makes the vessels inside the penis relax and widen, which allows more blood to flow to the penis resulting in an erection. While arteries inside the penis expand, the veins responsible for carrying blood from a man’s penis normally become more suppressed and therefore restrict the blood flow from the penis. With a lot of blood getting inside and less coming out, a man’s penis erects.
Viagra works by inhibiting a certain enzyme, namely phosphodiesterase type 5, that hinders the above described process in men suffering from ED. It is important to note that Viagra is not an aphrodisiac, so it will work only when one is sexually stimulated.
Cialis is a popular erectile dysfunction treatment that has been approved by the FDA. Cialis will normally relax the smooth muscles in your penis. This allows an increase in blood flow into the penis. This increased blood flow results in an erection. So as you can see, Cialis works in the same way as Viagra, which is due to the fact that both drugs belong to the same class of drugs called PDE-5 inhibitors.
Levitra Generic (vardenafil)
Levitra comes as an oral drug which is often prescribed to those who are suffering from erectile dysfunction. It is also a PDE-5 inhibitor approved by the FDA specifically for ED treatment. Levitra works in the way that is hardly any different form the two abovementioned drugs.
There are scores of so-called generics ED drugs that basically copy the branded ED drugs. They consist of the same active ingredients (sildenafil, tadalafil or vardenafil) and act the same way. However, due to the fact that they haven’t been approved, generic drugs cost much less than the branded ones, and the former can be purchased in online pharmacies only. Some of the examples of ED drugs that can be easily bought online are Kamagra, Tadacip, Vigora and many others.
When purchasing this type of drugs – regardless whether generic or branded – there are a number of cautions (or call them tips) that you need to remember.
Obtain erectile dysfunction drugs from a trusted source
Some people find it awkward asking their family physicians to give them an ED prescription. They, therefore, tend to obtain it from online sources as they provide anonymity. So if you choose to buy ED drugs online, it is fine; however, always purchase it from a trusted online pharmacy. Consider reputable online providers with good reviews.
Take the pill without food
Studies indicate that taking Viagra or any other ED drug on an empty stomach increases its efficiency. When you take the pill right after a meal, the food slows down its absorption into the blood stream. So for better results, take an ED drug at least a few hours after a meal.
Avoid alcohol when taking erectile dysfunction medication
There are no conclusive studies to show that these drugs’ effectiveness is affected by the consumption of alcohol. However, it is recommended that you avoid it because you cannot be sure of the outcome. Furthermore, drinking alcohol can affect your ability to perform in bed. If you still take the pill before or after drinking, at least limit your drinks to one or two at most.
Avoid ED drugs when taking some other medications
Some medicines, when taken with PDE-5 inhibitors, may bring dangerous side effects on your body. If you are under medication or planning to take some medication, always consult with your healthcare provider before you take an ED drug. Examples of drugs that interact with PDE-5 inhibitors include nitroglycerin, isosorbide mononitrate and isosorbide dinitrate. These drugs interact and can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure.