Erectile Dysfunction Pills
How to treat ED with medications
Erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence or ED) is when a man has trouble achieving or sustaining an erection. It is estimated that ED affects 30 million men in the United States. This is an estimate because most men are reluctant to discuss this issue with their doctor, which is unfortunate because ED can be a sign of other serious health problems.
Although it is true that erectile dysfunction is more common in men over 65, it can affect men of any age. As a man ages, some changes may take place. Some men may find that it takes longer or requires more stimulation to achieve an erection. They might also find that orgasms are less intense and that they may need more time to recuperate between erections. This is normal. Patterns such as the inability to achieve a full erection, to maintain an erection during intercourse or the complete inability to achieve an erection are not normal. These are signs of erectile dysfunction.
While there are many treatment options available, they mostly depend on the cause and severity of the condition or the cost of treatment. Most insurance companies cover treatment if it's medically related. Some options include surgery, mechanical devices, oral medications, injections and counseling. Your doctor can help you decide which treatment is best for you.
Your doctor may prescribe an oral medication such as Viagra, Cialis or Levitra. These are the only oral medications for ED that are FDA-approved. They all work in the same way by increasing blood flow to the penis so that when a man is sexually stimulated he can achieve an erection.
While these medications all work in the same way, they do have differences. Viagra usually takes effect in about 30 minutes and lasts approximately four hours. Levitra also takes effect in about 30 minutes but lasts about five hours. Cialis starts working in as little as 15 minutes and the effects can lasts up to 36 hours.
Even though these medications do provide help for many, they are not for everyone. Men that have certain other medical conditions or are on other medications may not be able use this form of treatment. They are also not an immediate fix. In some cases the dosage may need to be adjusted as well as when they are taken.
There are also some alternative approaches to ED. Some have claimed that Asian ginseng and Ginkgo biloba have a positive effect on male sexual function. Some have even found help from acupuncture. Others have tried nutritional supplements such as vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and flaxseed meal. In some cases, supplemental doses of the amino acid arginine have helped.
Unfortunately there is little research to back up these remedies. Some over-the-counter herbal medicines have been found to be harmful if used in excess. It's always best to consult your doctor before starting any herbal treatment.
By Brianna Knotts