With improving research and medical advancements, there are more treatment options for erectile dysfunction than ever before. At 121Doc, we stock a range of prescription medications for erectile dysfunction. All of these medications belong to the same category – phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors or PDE 5 inhibitors. PDE 5 inhibitors work by inhibiting a certain enzyme in the body that can restrict blood flow to the penis. This enables the penis muscles and blood vessels to relax and allows more blood flow. The result is firmer, longer erections.
The medications below do not increase sexual desire but they do help men to have and maintain erections. They are all clinically proven to be safe and effective. It may take some patience to figure out the best medication and dosage for you. These medications all work in similar ways however, so the results are unlikely to be drastically different.
Viagra was the first ever prescription medicine for erectile dysfunction, and is still the most popular. Its active ingredient is sildenafil, which relaxes the penis muscles and blood vessels, allowing increased blood flow to the penis. Viagra is active in as little as 30 minutes, but remains in the bloodstream for up to four hours. It is available in 25mg, 50mg, or 100mg tablets.
Sildenafil is the generic version of Viagra. It contains the same active ingredient – sildenafil – which works to increase blood flow to the penis. It can take as little as 30 minutes to be active, but stays in the bloodstream for up to four hours. Sildenafil has been available in the UK since 2013, when Viagra's patent expired. It comes in 25mg, 50mg, or 100mg tablets.
Cialis is the longest lasting erectile dysfunction treatment on the market. While it is effective in as little as 30 minutes, it can last for up to 36 hours. Its active ingredient is tadalafil, which improves blood flow to the penis by relaxing penis muscles and blood vessels. This allows for firmer, longer erections. It is available in 10mg or 20mg tablets.
Cialis A Day is the only erectile dysfunction treatment prescribed for daily use. One tablet is taken every day to provide 24 hour treatment, allowing for greater sexual spontaneity and freedom. The gradual intake of the drug – smaller dosages over a longer period of time – also reduces the likelihood of any mild side effects. Like standard Cialis, its active ingredient is tadalafil, which increases blood flow to the penis. It is available in 2.5mg or 5mg tablets.
Levitra is another popular erectile dysfunction treatment. Studies have shown it may have fewer side effects than other treatments, particularly for men over 50, and those with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Its active ingredient is vardenafil which improves blood flow to the penis. Levitra can take effect in as little as 15 minutes, making it faster than most other erectile dysfunction medications. It lasts up to five hours and is available in 5mg, 10mg and 20mg tablets.
Levitra Orodispersible is the original dissolvable erectile dysfunction treatment. It has the same active ingredient as Levitra – vardenafil – with the only difference being the way it is taken. It dissolves directly onto the tongue, leaving a refreshing minty flavour. It does not need to be taken with water or meals, and is effective within 15 minutes. It comes in 10mg doses.
Spedra is the most recently developed erectile dysfunction medication. It contains the active ingredient avanafil, which relaxes the penis muscles and blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the penis. It can take effect in as little as 15 minutes, making it faster than most other impotence treatments. It lasts up to six hours and is available in 50mg, 100mg and 200mg tablets.
The Impotence Trial Pack is designed to help you figure out which erectile dysfunction treatment is best for you. It is the easiest way to sample three brands of clinically approved medication on one prescription. The pack contains four tablets each of Viagra (25 mg), Cialis (10mg) and Levitra (5mg). As long as you only take one brand of medication per day, it is completely safe to try all three. You can then choose which is most suitable for you.
Other treatments for erectile dysfunction include lifestyle changes (losing weight, quitting smoking, reducing stress, reducing alcohol consumption), vacuum pumps, surgery, or various forms of psychological therapy. Erectile dysfunction may be caused by an underlying medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes. If this condition is treated properly, the erectile problems may stop.
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