Erectile Dysfunction Drugs: Are You Sure You Want to Take Them?

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Have you been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction? If yes, then know that you are not alone. There are millions of men affected by it around the globe. However, being affected by erectile dysfunction can lower your confidence during sex and this can mean that both, you and your partner, are affected.

There are many medications available to treat erectile dysfunction. These medications fall into a class called phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors or simply called PDE5 inhibitors.

The process of how they work can be a little complex, so, let us try to make it simple for you! PDE5 is an enzyme present in your body that can stop the flow of blood to your penis. So, when you take PDE5 inhibitors, blood flow to the penis is increased and hence, the penis becomes erect.

Fun fact!

The first medication which was discovered for treating erectile dysfunction was actually by accident. Yes, you read that right! So, when scientists were studying the effect of a drug to manage high blood pressure and angina, they found that the participants started improving their erectile dysfunction symptoms.

Since then, many medications to treat erectile dysfunction have been discovered and are used all over the world in these patients.

Medicines for Erectile Dysfunction Can be Bad for Your Health. Know how!

Below is a list of pointers that tell you why these medicines may not be right for you!

If mental factors are the cause for your erectile dysfunction, these medications may not be the best option

So, the first thing that you should know is that there are times when you can’t perform well in bed, because of some stress that you have from work or any other psychological reason. If that is the case, then using PDE5 inhibitors might not be the best option. PDE5 inhibitors can only help you if there is some problem with the physiological function of your penis.

Does any of your daily tablets have “nitrate” in them? If yes, then say “No” to these medications

So, there is a chemical called nitrate which can interact with these medications. When they interact, the blood pressure is severely lowered. This can be a serious situation. So, if you take any medicine(s) with nitrate in it, do not take PDE5 inhibitors.

So many side-effects, so little time to grasp!

Similar to many pharmaceutical medications that have been used to treat diseases, the PDE5 inhibitors are also loaded with their share of side-effects. Some of them include headaches, upset stomach, flushing, muscle pain, back pain, and symptoms that you may relate with common cold.

Rare but serious side-effects include sudden loss of hearing, sudden change in vision or loss of vision (you are at a higher risk of this side-effect if you have diabetes or any heart disease) and having an erect penis for hours together which might require you to visit a hospital for correcting it.

Don’t fret, herbs and supplements are here to help you!

There are many herbal medicines and supplements that can help you tackle erectile dysfunction without any major side effects. What’s better? They are now backed by research! Some of these are panax ginseng, ashwagandha, L-arginine, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), horny goat weed, saffron, musli, and black ginger. Always ask your doctor before starting any medications.