Erectile Dysfunction Medications
What ED Medication Will Work for Me?
Erectile dysfunction is a common ailment affecting many men today. Discerning which medications fit a man’s lifestyle takes a bit of research. Although most doctors are aware of and can discuss wife rent options with patients, it is important to know what kinds of treatment that are available.
Viagra, Levitra, Stendra, and Cialis
The most commonly known drug used to treat erectile dysfunction is Viagra. In addition to Viagra, Levitra, Stendra, and Cialis are all similar drugs which treat erectile dysfunction. These drugs work by increasing and restoring blood flow to the penis. All of these drugs are taken by mouth. Although these drugs are all quite similar in their makeup, they differ in how long before sexual activity they should be taken.
- Viagra is taken 1 hour before sexual activity
- Levitra is taken 1 hour before sexual activity and once every 24 hours and
- Stendra is taken 15 to 30 minutes before sexual activity
Cialis has a few differences than the other drugs listed when it comes to how and when it is taken. When used on an as needed basis, it is take. 30 minutes prior to sexual activity and its effects can last up to 36 hours. Cialis can also be take on a daily basis with sexual activity possible at any point between doses.
Some of the side effects associated with these drugs include dizziness, flushing, headache, and vision changes.
Although it is important to tell your doctor about any medical issues you may have, certain conditions can cause problems when these drugs are are taken. These include heart problems, a past history of stroke, kidney problems, liver problems, blood pressure issues, leukemia, and eye problems and prolonged erections.
Like any drug, Viagra, Levitra, Stendra and Cialis can interact with other drugs a patient is taking. It is especially important to know that nitrates can cause a major drop in blood pressure when taken with these medications. Grapefruit should be avoided when taking Levitra as it can interact with the medication.
Edex, Caverject, and Muse
Edex and Caverject are brand names for the drug alprostadil. They work by relaxing specific muscles in the penis and enlarging the blood vessels. This increases blood flow to the penis. They are different than Viagra or Levitra because instead of taking them by mouth, they are injected directly into the penis. A doctor or other healthcare provider shows the patient how to administer Edex and Caverject properly. They are taken 5 to 20 minutes prior to sexual activity and last from 30 to 60 minutes. They should only be used once every 24 hours and can be be used up to 3 times per week.
Muse is another brand name for alprostadil, but unlike Edex and Caverject, Muse is inserted via suppository into the urethra. It is used 5 to 10 minutes prior to sexual activity and lasts for 30 to 60 minutes. It should not be used more than twice during a 24- hour period.
Some of the side effects that can occur with Edex and Caverject include mild bleeding and pain where the injection takes place and dizziness. Muse can produce some pain or discomfort in the penis, testicle or groin area.
Medical issues a doctor should know about before prescribing these drugs include penile scarring, blood cancers like leukemia, or sickle cell disease.
Blood thinners like heparin or warfarin can interact with Edex and Caverject and cause excessive bleeding.
Erectile Dysfunction is a condition that can be treated. The options available today make it easier to choose a treatment that is suited to a patient’s lifestyle.