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Erectile dysfunction (ED, or impotence) is a condition that causes men to be unable to acquire or maintain an erection.
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The Sexual Advice Association has factsheets on medicines and other treatments for erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction can occur as a side effect of medication taken for another health condition. Common culprits are high blood pressure meds, antidepressants, some diuretics, beta-blockers, heart medication, cholesterol meds, antipsychotic drugs, hormone drugs, corticosteroids, chemotherapy, and medication for male pattern baldness, among others.
ED doesn’t have to be a part of getting older. As a man ages, he may need more stimulation (stroking and touching) to get an erection. He might also need more time between erections. Older men should still be able to get an erection and enjoy sex. Diabetes (high blood sugar). Hypertension (high blood pressure). Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Stress, anxiety, or depression. Alcohol and tobacco use. Some prescription medicines. This includes antidepressants, pain medicine, and high blood pressure medicine. Fatigue. Brain or spinal cord injuries. Hypogonadism (a condition that leads to low levels of the male hormone, testosterone). Multiple sclerosis. Parkinson’s disease. Radiation therapy to the testicles. Stroke. Some types of prostate or bladder surgery.
MetS is a combination of maladies that can cause ED. The five hallmarks of MetS are: hypertension, elevated fasting glucose levels, elevated triglycerides, central obesity, and reduced high density lipoprotein levels of cholesterol. MetS causes inflammation and hormonal imbalances that can lead to ED. Treatment for MetS can include lifestyle changes, testosterone replacement, pharmaceuticals, and bariatric surgery – such as gastric bypass.
Take 5 to 10 minutes before planning to have sex; erections last for 30 to 60 minutes.
Men in their 40s with erectile dysfunction (ED) compared with men without a history of ED have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in 5 years.
ED medicines can be pills, drugs inserted into the tip of the penis, or injections into the penis.
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heart failure;angina (chest pain);a heart rhythm disorder;a heart attack or stroke;heart surgery;severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure;low blood pressure;retinitis pigmentosa (an inherited condition of the eye);hearing or vision problems, or vision loss;bleeding problems;a blood cell disorder such as sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia;a stomach ulcer;liver disease, kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);priapism (an erection that is painful or lasts longer than 4 hours);a physical deformity of the penis (such as Peyronie's disease); orif you have been told you should not have sexual intercourse for health reasons.
While ED is not life threatening, the condition may result in withdrawal from sexual intimacy, reduced quality of life, decreased working productivity, and increased healthcare utilization. Patterns of care may shift away from surgical and device therapies provided by urologists and toward pharmacologic treatments and/or multidisciplinary approaches. With men increasingly seeking to preserve sexual function and quality of life as they age, the treatment of ED will take on even greater importance in the years to come.
Hypogonadism is common in patients with type 2 diabetes, more so if ‘metabolic syndrome’ or obesity is present. The Endocrine Society recommends routine measurement of testosterone levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, but even diabetologists can be tardy in checking this.2 Studies to date have demonstrated strong benefits resulting from testosterone replacement, but this treatment should be individualised and under specialist supervision until long-term studies fully establish its benefits and risks.