Men may become even more nervous and anxious when engaging in sexual relations. They may experience more failures that lead to depression. And without regular erections, some men can develop scarring of the erectile tissue that can result in penile shrinkage. Ignoring ED can even be dangerous. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that men who fail to seek help for ED could have undetected heart disease. These diseases are sometimes related.
Fortunately, there are a number of pills that help treat ED. Surprisingly though, most men are not taking advantage of them. The American Urological Association reports that only about a quarter of men affected by ED seek treatment for it. The other three quarters go without treatment. To prevent these issues and improve overall quality of life, find out which ED pills — if any — may work the best.
Oral medications are a successful erectile dysfunction treatment for many men. They include:
- Tadalafil (Cialis)
- Sildenafil (Viagra)
- Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)
- Avanafil (Stendra)
All four medications enhance the effects of nitric oxide — a natural chemical your body produces that relaxes muscles in the penis. This increases blood flow and allows you to get an erection in response to sexual stimulation.
Taking one of these tablets will not automatically produce an erection. Sexual stimulation is needed first to cause the release of nitric oxide from your penile nerves. These medications amplify that signal, allowing men to function normally. Oral erectile dysfunction medications are not aphrodisiacs, will not cause excitement and are not needed in men who get normal erections.
The medications vary in dosage, how long they work and side effects. Possible side effects include flushing, nasal congestion, headache, visual changes, backache and stomach upset.
Your doctor will consider your particular situation to determine which medication might work best. These medications might not fix your erectile dysfunction immediately. You might need to work with your doctor to find the right medication and dosage for you.