Treating erectile dysfunction

When you think of erectile dysfunction (ED), you probably think of Viagra. That’s because Viagra was the first oral pill to treat ED. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998. Viagra can be very effective in treating ED, but it’s not right for everybody. Continue reading to learn about other ED drugs, as well as some alternative methods of treating ED.

Alternative medications for erectile dysfunction (ED)

Although Viagra is considered to be the most common medication for ED, there are quite a few on the market. They all work by improving blood flow to the penis so that you can get and maintain an erection long enough to have sex. Because of each medication’s unique chemical makeup, you may react differently to each of them. It may take a little trial and error to determine which one works best for you. Taking oral medications generally isn’t enough to provide an erection. These medications are designed to work alongside physical or emotional sexual stimulation to prompt an erection.

Other prescription medications used to treat ED include:

Tadalafil (Cialis)

     Cialis is an oral tablet that starts to work about half an hour after you take it. It can improve erectile function for up to 36 hours. The starting dose is 10 milligrams (mg), but it can be increased or decreased as necessary. You take it as needed, but never more than once a day. Cialis can be taken with or without food. There’s also a once-a-day version. These 2.5-mg tablets must be taken at the same time every day.

Vardenafil (Levitra)

You should take Levitra about one hour before sexual activity. The starting dose is usually 10 mg. You shouldn’t take it more than one in a day. These oral tablets can be taken with or without food.

Vardenafil (Staxyn)

Staxyn differs from the other ED drugs in that you don’t swallow it with water. The tablet is placed on your tongue and allowed to dissolve. You should do this about an hour before sexual activity. You shouldn’t crush or split the tablet. It can be taken with or without meals, but not with liquids. The tablets contain 10 mg of medication that shouldn’t be taken more than once a day.

Avanafil (Stendra)

Stendra comes in 50, 100, and 200-mg tablets. You take it about 15 to 30 minutes before sexual activity, but never more than once a day. It can be taken with or without food.