Erectile dysfunction is the condition of not being able to get or keep an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. It’s often caused by an underlying health problem. The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine estimates that this condition affects 30 million men in the US.
For some men, treatment with drugs may solve their erectile dysfunction. If you are looking for options to treat your erectile dysfunction, check out the list below. Information such as how to take these drugs and what the side effects are can help you discuss drug treatment options with your doctor.
What Oral Medications are Available for Erectile Dysfunction?
There are many types of drugs used to treat ED. Each drug works differently, but they all improve sexual activity by stimulating blood flow to your penis. If you have certain health issues, it may not be safe for you to take ED drugs. For instance, if you have heart disease, your heart may not be healthy enough for sex. Make sure you tell your doctor about all health issues you have and the medications you are taking. This information can help your doctor to decide which drug is best out of these options. If oral medication isn’t the best option for you, Moorgate Andrology can guide you to other options such as injections for impotence or a penile implant.
Avanafil is an oral drug used to treat ED. You should take it about 15 minutes before having sex, but don’t take it more than once per day. You should not use nitrates while taking this drug. Examples include isosorbide and nitroglycerin. Taking nitrates with Avanafil can cause severely low blood pressure and even death. The more common side effects of this drug include:
- Low blood pressure
- Vision changes such as blurry vision, seeing halos, or changes in how red and green look
- Hearing changes such as tinnitus and hearing sounds differently
Tadalafil is an oral drug that increases blood flow throughout your body. You take this drug about 30 minutes before intercourse. It may then work for up to 48 hours. The more common side effects of this drug include:
- Upset Stomach
- Vision changes
Testosterone is the main sex hormone in the male body. It plays many roles in overall health. Testosterone levels naturally drop with age. This change can lead to erectile dysfunction and other issues, such as fatigue, low sex drive, reduced sperm count, and weight gain.
Doctors sometimes prescribe testosterone to treat erectile dysfunction. But the drug comes with risks. Testosterone can increase your chance of a heart attack or stroke. Because of these risks, the Food and Drug Administration says that only men who have low testosterone due to certain issues should use testosterone. Here are some side effects:
- Breasts or Prostate Growth Fluid retention that causes swelling
- Sleep apnea
If you find yourself suffering with erectile dysfunction, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Moorgate Andrology.