Taking care of your heart and vascular health is the first step in treating ED. Your doctor can identify 'risk factors that can be modified or changed.
You may be asked to change your eating habits, stop smoking, increase your physical activity, or stop using drugs or alcohol.
You may be offered alternatives to the medications you are currently taking. (Never discontinue or change prescription medications without first consulting with your doctor.)
Your doctor may also advise you to address emotional issues. This can be caused by relationship problems, life stress, depression, or previous ED problems (performance anxiety).
To treat ED directly, the following treatments are available.
Non-invasive treatments are frequently attempted first. The majority of well-known ED treatments are effective and safe. However, it is a good idea to ask your doctor about the potential side effects of each option:
In the United States, Phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors are most commonly prescribed for ED (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Stendra).
· Testosterone replacement therapy (when blood tests show low testosterone)
· Injections into the penile region (ICI, intracavernosal alprostadil)
· Medication for the urethra (IU, Alprostadil)
· Vacuum lifting apparatus
· Penile augmentation
Some young men with a history of severe pelvic trauma will undergo surgery to bypass penile artery damage. For older men with hardened arteries, penile vascular surgery is not advised.
Oral drugs (PDE5 inhibitors) PDE type-5 inhibitors are medications that increase penile blood flow. These are the only oral agents approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States for the treatment of ED.
Men with ED should take these pills about an hour or two before intercourse for the best results. Penis medicines necessitate normal nerve function. PDE5 inhibitors improve erectile function by increasing blood flow to the penis.
Take these medications exactly as prescribed. Approximately seven out of ten men perform better and have better erections. Diabetes and cancer patients have lower response rates.
PDE5 inhibitors should not be taken if you are taking nitrates for your heart. Before using a PDE5 inhibitor, always consult with your doctor to learn how it may affect your health.
PDE5 inhibitors' side effects are generally mild and often transient. The following are the most common side effects:
In rare cases, the drug Viagra can cause a temporary blue-green tint to the vision. Cialis can cause or aggravate back pain or back muscle pain in rare cases.
Most side effects are associated with the PDE5 inhibitor's effects on other tissues in the body, implying that it works to increase blood flow to your penis while also affecting other vascular tissues in your body. These aren't 'allergic reactions,' either.