Erectile Dysfunction Medications and How They Can Help You
Medication therapy is one of the most effective courses of action for men suffering from erectile dysfunction.
These medications are designed to increase blood flow to the penis and encourage stronger, longer-lasting erections. A variety of medications have been developed for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
The majority of these medications are dispensed in pill form, gels inserted into the urethra, or injections, although these are not as common due to their discomfort and difficulty of use. These medications have both benefits and side effects, so schedule an appointment with one of our trained physicians before taking any medication to treat your erectile dysfunction.
Oral medications are by far the most common form of treatment for men with erectile dysfunction. Sildenafil is has been the prime ED treatment for more than 15 years, and it remains a go-to treatment for physicians around the country. This powerful pill is a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) drug, which helps regulate blood flow to the penis. Sildenafil relaxes the smooth muscle tissue inside the penis, allowing blood to engorge the tissue in response to exciting stimuli. While taking this medication, most men are able to achieve erections with ease and maintain them for as long as four hours. Sildenafil is also discreet, making it easy for men to ingest the medication without the embarrassment of his partner knowing he suffers from erectile dysfunction.
Gel medications are a relatively new trend in the treatment of erectile dysfunction, but they are a popular choice for men around the country. Tri-Mix, a potent combination of prostaglandin, papaverine, and phentolamine, is an excellent alternative for men who have not had success with sildenafil, or as a supplement to oral medication. Tri-Mix helps encourage an erection in mere minutes, and helps the penis stay erect for as long as sixty minutes. This powerful, no-mess gel is inserted gently into the urethra with a soft applicator, and does not need to be refrigerated, making it much more convenient than injections.
While erectile dysfunction medications are extremely beneficial in combating this embarrassing condition, they must be taken with caution. If you have a history of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, liver or kidney disease, discuss them in detail with a qualified physician before taking any erectile dysfunction medication. Some men may notice headaches, unusual sweating or flushing due to increased blood flow, and occasional indigestion and sore muscles. Less common side effects may include blurred vision or difficulty hearing, itching in the hands and feet, and chest pain or irregular heartbeat. If you ever achieve an erection that is extremely painful or lasts more than four hours (a condition known as priapism), contact your doctor or local emergency room immediately.