Erectile Dysfunction is a medical term referred to men’s problems with getting an erection sufficient enough to complete a sexual activity.
In 2017, Erectile Dysfunction affects more than 350 million men around the World.
There are five USFDA approved pills for men to be taken orally for the treatment of Impotence, also known as Erectile Dysfunction (check ED causes) in the United States.
Those five FDA-endorsed pills are Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, Stendra and Staxyn and they all help men that are stimulated sexually, but can’t get or maintain an erection firm enough to have sex.
The main ingredients contained in these ED pills re-establish healthy blood flow into the corpora cavernosa (penis), thereby assisting males with obtaining hard and lasting erections.
Which ED Pills Work Best?
The best ED pill is a matter of a doctor’s recommendation and the patient’s personal response.
Although all five ED pills provide efficient erection results, they vary in the time it takes to become active and how long the results persist.
- For example, Levitra and Viagra both require around half an hour to produce sufficient erections, but Levitra lasts about an hour longer, 5 hrs compared to 4 hrs with Viagra.
- Staxyn, which represents orally disintegrating vardenafil tablets, is similar in its performance to Levitra.
- Cialis and Stendra both achieve results faster and persist longer than the others.
- Cialis is by far the best performer, taking effect in only around 15 minutes and lasting for as long as 36 hours. With Cialis, you can stay hard for the whole weekend.
- Stendra also begins working in 15 minutes, but its effects only last 6.5 hours which is much less than Cialis, but more than Levitra, Staxyn, or Viagra.
What if ED Pills Fail?
If one ED drug fails to provide an efficient erection, another one can be tried. However, all ED drugs basically utilize an identical chemical process to produce erections by opening up veins in the penis to provide greater blood supply.
It is highly likely that if one ED drug has not produced adequate results then another drug will also fail. It is best to seek advice from your treating physician should the failure of one ED drug occur before trying another.
ED Drugs Precautions
Various precautions must be observed before taking ED drugs due to the risk of adverse reactions. You should talk about these situations with your family doctor before having ED drugs prescribed.
First of all, you should inform your doctor of any medicine and dietary supplements, both prescribed and purchased over-the-counter, since some meds or supplements may react with the ED drugs.
Also, some ingredients in the ED medicine can cause allergies. If you have any known allergies, please inform your doctor.
Those who are prescribed to nitrates such as nitroglycerin for heart diseases run the risk of experiencing blood pressure drops when taken together with an ED drug and other drugs called alpha-blockers.
It is essential to know that ED drugs prescribed by a doctor should be taken exactly as instructed. Any questions concerning Rx dosage or instructions should be directed to either your doctor or a licensed pharmacist.
These medications may not be used more than once daily and the dose should never be altered without approval from your physician.
ED Drugs are prohibited to be taken in the following cases:
- There are certain past health events and current health problems that would prevent effected patients from taking Viagra, Levitra, Staxyn, Cialis, or Stendra.
- Those who have had an existing irregular heart rate, known as arrhythmia, or have had a past history of stroke or heart attack within the previous six months are prohibited from taking ED drugs without talking with their doctor.
- People with blood pressure problems which are not currently being controlled as well as those who have chest pains during sex should avoid ED drugs which can compound these problems.
There are certain side effects that are commonly experienced by those males taking drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Although mild forms of these side effects should not be alarming, if they are severe or persist beyond a period of between 5 hours, you should contact your doctor.
The above mentioned symptoms include heartburn, headache, diarrhea or upset stomach with mild nausea, back pain (particularly when taking Cialis), nasal congestion, flushing of the face or skin and sensitivity in vision such as increased brightness, color, etc.
Severe Reactions to ED Drugs
Less than 0.5% of men taking any of the approved medications for the treatment of erectile dysfunction experience severe reactions.
If you acquire such symptoms as fainting spells, rashes, painful or prolonged erections lasting more than four hours (priapism), burning while urinating, or chest pains after taking ED medications, you should urgently call your doctor or emergency personnel.
Also, a very small percentage of men (less than 0.01%) taking ED drugs experience a problem with their vision known as nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, or NA/ON in which the user experiences blurred vision or a sudden loss of vision in one or possibly both eyes.
Impotence medications should be ceased immediately and your doctor contacted if this problem occurs. Men in their 50s and/or those that smoke or have a history of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol or blood pressure are at a higher risk of NA/ON.
Proper Storage for Impotence Drugs
Impotence medications should always remain in their original containers so that they are easily identified. They should also be stored safely away from the reach of children.
Impotence Drugs are best kept away from environments containing excessive moisture and heat, so bathroom medicine cabinets or car glove compartments are not good storage areas.
If any Impotence medications pass expiration dates, they should be safely discarded.