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

All Medications for Erectile dysfunction

  • Stendra
    (avanafil)
    Prescription only

    Stendra (avanafil) is an effective, first-choice treatment for erectile dysfunction, but it can be expensive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Viagra
    (sildenafil)
    Prescription only

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

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

    Levitra (vardenafil) helps with erectile dysfunction, but it may be expensive if not covered by your insurance.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
  • Cialis
    (tadalafil)
    Prescription only

    Cialis (tadalafil) is very effective and 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
  • Cardura
    (Doxazosin)
    Prescription only

    For men, Doxazosin will help make it easier to urinate so that you're not getting up a lot at night. It's a last-choice treatment for high blood pressure.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Diovan
    (Valsartan)
    Prescription only

    Diovan (Valsartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Cozaar
    (Losartan)
    Prescription only

    Cozaar (Losartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Minipress
    (Prazosin)
    Prescription only

    Prazosin is used mostly to make urination easier for men with an enlarged prostate, but it can cause dizziness.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

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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