Medicine such as sildenafil (sold as Viagra) is also often used by doctors to treat erectile dysfunction. It's also available from pharmacies.
You shouldn’t use these medicines if you take nitroglycerin or any other nitrates for chest pain. If you have heart problems, tell your doctor before taking any ED medicines. These medicines can have serious side effects in people who have heart problems. .
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Ginseng: Korean red ginseng is a widely used herbal ED remedy. That’s partly because it’s been shown in studies to do some good -- even though researchers still can’t quite explain how it works.
Men who smoke are about twice as likely to develop ED as nonsmokers. Smoking hampers circulation to all areas of the body, including the genitals, making it tougher to get and keep an erection.
Our ED medications are cheaper than branded alternatives because they are “generic” medicines. A generic medicine is one that has been created to be the same as an already marketed brand-name medicine in terms of dosage, safety, strength, quality, how well it performs, how it’s administered in the body, and what it’s used for. Branding a medicine costs pharmaceutical companies a considerable amount of money, and this cost is usually shifted on to consumers in the form of higher prices. However, generic medicines are unbranded - which means these costs do not get passed on to the consumer. As a result of this, generic medicines are almost always cheaper than branded alternatives (even though they contain the same active ingredients and work in the same way).
Erectile dysfunction is common for some men, therefore, frequent occurrence of erection problems is not considered as an extreme case. Erectile dysfunction might result in stress, reduction in self-esteem, loss of confidence, and possible crashing of relationships.
A very rare side effect of sildenafil is an alteration in color perception due to the drug’s inhibition of PDE-6 in addition to PDE-5. Vardenafil is somewhat more selective in this regard, having no known effect on PDE-6, and thus no known effect on color perception. And while vardenafil is less thoroughly researched than sildenafil, there are still numerous studies looking at thousands of users over nearly two decades, so its safety and efficacy are without question.
Sildenafil can decrease blood flow to the optic nerve of the eye, causing sudden vision loss. This has occurred in a small number of people taking sildenafil, most of whom also had heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or certain pre-existing eye problems, and in those who smoked or were over 50 years old. It is not clear whether sildenafil is the actual cause of vision loss.
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Patients should be referred to specialists if there is any obvious abnormality, be it endocrine, neurological, cardiovascular or urological.
Our doctors, including Dr. Honig, are leaders in the field and stand at the forefront of research in men's health issues.
The role of the endothelium in erectile function became clearer with the observation that the phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor, sildenafil, enhanced erectile function. Erection occurs with the release of nitric oxide (NO) from the vascular endothelial cells.17 The reduction in endothelial cell production of NO results in the negative impact on the smooth muscles in the corporal bodies and results in less relaxation of the smooth muscle cells with decrease in blood supply and resulting ED. A similar phenomenon is well known to impact the coronary arterial system resulting in CVD.
If this does not occur, consulting a physician is necessary to rule out any underlying health conditions, such as an enlarged prostate or diabetes. ED is often thought to be a marker of poor blood flow to organs. Hence, every person with ED must be screened for cardiovascular fitness as well.
GAINSWave provides patients with a means to achieve a full recovery from their symptoms, through a safe and modern ED treatment.
Managing other health conditions and making the necessary lifestyle changes are important to help overcome erectile dysfunction. That’s why our team at the Male Infertility & Sexual Health Program at UH uses a specialized, team-based approach to deliver expert and highly individual ED care.