Erectile dysfunction is a condition when a man is not able to maintain an erection enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is a common problem among middle-aged men, now developing in young men as well. Worldwide, ED is being commonly reported in men these days. Atherosclerosis or deposition of fat in the arteries is one of the main causes of erectile dysfunction. The treatment of ED should be targeted toward this root cause and medications should be taken to that effect. High blood pressure is another causative factor. The most important point to be considered in the treatment of erectile dysfunction should be on providing medication for addressing the causative factor responsible for ED.
The market is flooded with instantly acting medications. Some medications like sildenafil citrate, vardenafil, and tadalafil are very common. These drugs are available in the market by the brand names, Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis respectively. These medications differ in their dosages, side effects, and effectiveness. These drugs are not indicated for persons who have erectile dysfunction clubbed with uncontrolled blood pressure. All these drugs have a common mode of action, but their dosages and duration of action differ.
The most common side effect of the drugs for ED is raised blood pressure. Most of the medications for erectile dysfunction like Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis have side effects as well.
Sildenafil citrate is linked with many side effects like headache, hot flush over face, nasal blockage, and stomach pain. Severe side effects like vision loss and priapism are also noted in some subjects. This drug is taken in dosages of 25 to 100 milligrams.
Tadalafil lasts for 36 hours and is prescribed in dosages of 5, 10, and 20 milligrams for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. This drug is also used in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension (raised blood pressure in pulmonary artery). Many blood pressure medications interact with these drugs. People on antihypertensive treatment and those taking other drugs interacting with PDE5 inhibitors are not recommended to take these drugs. These drugs are not safe for people with heart diseases, severely raised blood pressure, certain eye disorders, or severe kidney and liver problems.
Recently, there is a tendency for people to search for natural medications for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, as they are considered safe. Many natural medications containing herbs are effective in mild cases of erectile dysfunction as well. These are the best treatments as they address the root cause of the problem. Conventional drugs used for erectile dysfunction treatment only alleviate the symptoms and do not treat ED.
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