Men's health

Erectile dysfunction

(ED)

  • Also known as
  • Impotence

About Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common type of male sexual dysfunction. It is when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection. ED becomes more common as you get older. But it's not a natural part of aging.

Some people have trouble speaking with their doctors about sex. But if you have ED, you should tell your doctor. ED can be a sign of health problems. It may mean your blood vessels are clogged. It may mean you have nerve damage from diabetes. If you don't see your doctor, these problems will go untreated.

Your doctor can offer several new treatments for ED. For many men, the answer is as simple as taking a pill. Getting more exercise, losing weight, or stopping smoking may also help.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Top Medications for Erectile dysfunction according to our users

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All Medications for Erectile dysfunction

Phosphodiesterase-5 enzyme inhibitor

  • Cialis
    (Tadalafil)
    Prescription only

    Cialis (Tadalafil) is the only medication in its class that treats both erectile dysfunction and enlarged prostate symptoms. You can also take it on a regular basis, which can allow for more spontaneity, but it can be expensive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Levitra
    (Vardenafil)
    Prescription only

    Levitra (Vardenafil) is a first-choice treatment for erectile dysfunction. However, you have to take it at least 60 minutes prior to sex, so the lack of spontaneity may not be good for some people. It can also be expensive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
  • Viagra
    (Sildenafil)
    Prescription only

    Viagra (Sildenafil) is a first-choice treatment for erectile dysfunction. However, you need to take it at least 30 minutes before having sex, so the lack of spontaneity may not work for some people.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Pulmonary arterial dilator > PDE-5 inhibitor

    • Revatio
      (Sildenafil)
      Prescription only

      Revatio (Sildenafil) is a first-choice treatment for pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs).

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
  • Antihypertensive > Alpha blocker

  • Antihypertensive > Angiotensin receptor blocker

Medication side effects for Erectile dysfunction

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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Erectile dysfunction

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Take a prescribed ED medication. Let your partner know it is not their fault.
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