4 leading treatments for erectile dysfunction

The last two decades have marked the appearance of several erectile dysfunction treatments on the market. Erectile dysfunction is no longer a taboo subject among men, who now have a number of treatments at their fingertips to treat it.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

The wide range of medication available on the market means that you might even have trouble choosing the right one for you. Men are spoiled for choice when it comes to starting an erectile dysfunction treatment, as there are so many available.

These treatments are available in various forms. However, pills are the most popular choice among men. The three most popular treatments in this category—and their active ingredients Sildenafil, Tadalafil and Vardenafil—work the same way. There is no right answer as to which is the best one. Some men prefer one treatment to another when they are testing them. Each one helps to increase blood flow to the penis to help you get a good erection with sexual stimulation.

Nevertheless, these treatments do have features specific to them that make them more adapted to different types of men.

How do these three treatments work?

Cialis, Viagra and Levitra are all phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. They help the penile muscles relax using this function. This means that blood flows correctly into the cavernous tissues to help you get an erection. They all help men with erectile dysfunction find a way of ridding themselves of this problem.

Details about each treatment

Cialis, Viagra and Levitra are all prescription medications. That said, they all work slightly differently.

Branded ED Treatments Active Molecule
Viagra Sildenafil
Cialis Tadalafil
Levitra Vardenafil
Spedra Avanafil

 

Viagra

Viagra, the most famous erectile dysfunction pill, was made and sold by Pfizer laboratories until 2013. A number of companies have since used their formula to sell it under the name of its active ingredient, Sildenafil. Viagra starts to work 30 minutes after taking it and you can be sexually active for the next 4 hours.

Cialis

Cialis is available in 10mg and 20mg, as well as daily doses of 5mg and 2.5mg. The first advantage of Cialis is how many choices it offers. Besides that, it also works 30 minutes after taking it and then works for up to 36 hours. You can take it with or without food. If you take the daily dose it should work 24/7. All you need to do is stimulate yourself sexually to get a decent erection.

How long does Cialis last?

Levitra

Levitra works 30 minutes to an hour after taking it and works very similarly to Viagra. However, it can work for up to 5 hours whilst Viagra only works for 4. Men usually like Levitra because of its orodispersible version that you can take without water. This orodispersible Levitra tablet dissolves in the mouth discretely, without you needing to drink any water.

Another feature of Levitra is that it is best to take without eating. This is because food can affect how well the treatment works. Its side effects include indigestion, headaches, nasal congestion, flushing and dizziness.

How long does Levitra last?

Spedra

Although it is not yet very well known, Spedra arrived on the market in 2014 and is a perfect alternative to the other treatments. Its biggest advantage is that you only have to wait 15 minutes after taking it before you can have sex, unlike half an hour with Viagra, Levitra and Cialis.

These treatments are not aphrodisiacs, so you will need to stimulate yourself sexually to get an erection

Side effects

Side effects caused by these treatments are rare but should not be ignored. They include:

  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Redness (Levitra, Viagra)
  • Dizziness (Levitra, Viagra)
  • Flushing (Cialis)
  • Nausea (Levitra, Viagra)
  • Visual problems (Viagra)

Results

These four medications generally give good results. However, you must be patient in order for them to be effective as they do not always work on the first try.

If a treatment does not work or gives you side effects, talk to your doctor. He can help you try another one of modifying the prescribed dosage. Inform your doctor of any overdoses, if you take any other medication and about any other information concerning your health.

Alternative treatments for impotence

Penile injections

If PDE5 inhibitors are ineffective or if you are unable to use them for some reason, a doctor might prescribe you vasoactive substances such as alprostadil (Caverject) that the patient administers himself. This prescription treatment involves injecting the medication into the base or side of the penis before having sex. Like PDE5 inhibitors, this medication helps the penile muscles to relax which help blood flow, with the difference that sexual stimulation is not necessary. Although they are not popular due to their mode of administration, it is effective in 85% of users.

Local application creams

One alternative to oral or injective medication is Vitaros, which is soon to be sold in France. It comes in the form of a cream that you apply to your penis and works in the same way as the other medications. However, it works quicker and has fewer risks of medical interactions.

Penile implants

When the above treatments do not work or do not suit you, for example, if you have nerve damage following the surgical intervention or an injury, you could turn to mechanical solutions such as penile implants. These require surgical intervention to implant permanent flexible rods in the penis that help you get an erection thanks to a pump system that you active with your hand.

Testosterone

You could use a hormonal testosterone treatment if your erectile dysfunction is caused by hypogonadism.

Alternative medicine (homoeopathy, herbal medicines, acupuncture…) have not been proven to be effective as erectile dysfunction treatments.