Medication therapy is often the first line of treatment for men experiencing erectile dysfunction. There are a number of popular oral medications on the market to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. You may be familiar with Viagra, Cialis, Staxyn and Levitra, common prescription drugs that work by increasing the blood flow into the penis so that a man can become aroused and erect when sexually stimulated.
These medications are taken 30 to 60 minutes before sex and can allow both partners to enjoy more spontaneity in their sexual activity.
All oral medications for Erectile Dysfunction are of a class known as phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. During sexual stimulation, the PDE5 inhibitors enhance the mechanism which increases blood flow to the penis providing an erection.
Types of Oral ED Medications
There are three types of prescription oral ED medications. Each one increases blood flow to the penis. When the penis is stimulated, an erection results. The three types are:
Sildenafil citrate (Viagra)
Vardenafil HCl (Levitra)
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Taking Oral ED Medications Safely
Don’t take ED medications more often or in larger doses than prescribed.
Do not combine ED medications with other treatments unless your doctor tells you to.
Tell your doctor your health history. Mention all medications you take. This includes over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and herbs.
Ask your doctor about whether you can drink alcohol while taking ED medication.
Possible Side Effects of Oral ED Medications
Runny or stuffy nose
Sudden vision loss or hearing loss (rare)
Distortion of your color vision for a short time