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Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

Erectile dysfunction, commonly referred to as ED, is a frustrating problem that many men face.

It can have physical or psychological roots. It can be a side effect of many health problems, medications, or even mental health issues. Often anxiety about an inability to perform can make ED even worse.

Luckily, we live in an era where there are erectile dysfunction drugs to help. Let’s talk about ED and the drugs that can be prescribed to treat it.

ED causes

ED frequently has physical causes. Some physical causes of ED include:

  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Medication side effects
  • Tobacco use
  • Scar tissue in the penis
  • Alcoholism or drug abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Treatments for prostate problems
  • Pelvis or spinal cord injuries

Sometimes, psychological problems can be the root of ED. Some psychological causes of ED include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationship problems

Risk factors for ED

While any man may experience erectile dysfunction, there are certain risk factors that make a man more susceptible to it, including:

  • Older age
  • Medical conditions
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Certain medical treatments
  • Injuries
  • Medications
  • Psychological conditions
  • Drug or alcohol use

Complications that may cause erectile dysfunction

ED can be a product of other life problems, such as:

  • Inability to get a partner pregnant
  • Low self-esteem or embarrassment
  • Relationship problems
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Unsatisfactory sex life

Preventing ED

Luckily, there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of developing erectile dysfunction as you age, including:

  • Manage chronic health conditions
  • Stop smoking, reduce alcohol use, and eliminate drug use
  • Exercise
  • See your doctor regularly
  • Reduce stress
  • Get help for mental health concerns

Erectile dysfunction drugs

There are many different types of drugs that can help treat ED. These drugs are broken into two different types: Oral and non-oral. The different kinds are as follows:

Oral medications

  • Sildenafil (Viagra)
  • Tadalafil (Adcirca, Cialis)
  • Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)
  • Avanafil (Stendra)

Other medications

  • Alprostadil self-injection involves using a fine needle to inject medication directly into the penis that leads to an erection that may last for as long as an hour.
  • Alprostadil urethral suppository places a small suppository in the urethra using a specially-designed applicator. While it takes about 10 minutes to start working, it can lead to an erection that should last around 30-60 minutes.
  • Testosterone replacement can be a successful solution for men whose erectile dysfunction is caused or made worse by not enough testosterone.

Suffering from erectile dysfunction? Book an appointment with a PlushCare physician and get treatment today.

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Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer is a freelance writer in the Midwest who writes about a variety of topics but especially enjoys educating people about their health and the health of their pets.

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