Most men who hear the words "erectile dysfunction" or "ED" immediately imagine that little blue pill as the solution. The fact is that erectile dysfunction medication in Canada is only one of the treatment options available to ED patients, and in most cases, it will probably not be the best solution.. Even though this may be the case, the use of ED drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, Stendra or Cialis can be prescribed by your healthcare professional if it suits your medical condition.
So let us get into demystifying some of the falsehoods floating around regarding these medications.
The fact is that ED has several potential causes that each need to be treated separately. Erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation are both considered part of ED and can be caused by a variety of medical or psychological conditions that need to be addressed and treated separately. Below we list a few of the most common causes.
Cardiovascular disease: Thickening of the arterial walls can affect blood flow to the penis, which in turn affects erectile function. This is usually caused by bad lifestyle choices such as a diet high in fats, red meat combined with smoking and a lack of exercise. This lifestyle usually comes with additional symptoms of high blood pressure and cholesterol and often obesity.
Diabetes: Diabetic men can often experience symptoms of ED due to the damage caused to nerves and blood vessels because of long-term blood sugar control problems.
Hormone imbalances: These can be caused by a variety of different things but is most commonly due to steroidal medication, supplements, or hormonal cancer treatments.
Age: Although ED can affect men of any age, older men do have an increased chance of experiencing ED symptoms simply due to increased chances of having other ailments or taking medication that may interfere with erectile function.
Drug or alcohol use and abuse: Both recreational drug abuse or prescription medication can interfere with erectile function as it can affect hormonal pathways, muscle function or blood pressure. Similarly, alcohol can affect hormone function as well as damage cells in testes or gonads.
Stress and anxiety: Both stress and anxiety, which includes performance anxiety, can affect hormonal and nerve pathways that influence erectile function.
Depression: Similar to stress and anxiety, depression affects hormonal and nerve function, and can influence erectile function. Additionally, most anti-depressants have ED as a negative side effect.
So, when are erectile dysfunction medication in Canada prescribed? Naturally, all of the above mentioned conditions are treated individually, and in some cases, this may even result in normal penile function. In other cases, however, a specific treatment for ED is needed. After a careful and complete health evaluation, your medical doctor will decide if ED drugs are the best treatment for you. These drugs require normal nerve function in order to work, and should not be prescribed to patients with nerve damage either due to drug abuse, injury or diabetes. Cancer patients and people with diabetes also often have lower success rates with these medications.
Although more than 300 OTC ED drugs are recognized by the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) to contain harmful ingredients, some natural and alternative options may help in some cases.
The problem with most of these OTC medications is that there is not enough evidence to suggest that they are effective treatments for ED. In some cases, they can interfere adversely with other medicines. So, before trying any of these OTC ED medications, make sure to discuss this with your healthcare professional, and to consider all of the potential side effects.
Some of the available OTC ED drugs available in the US include
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is a hormone supplement that may help with the production of male sexual hormones.
- L-arginine, an amino acid that can improve blood circulation.
- Ginseng, an ancient herbal stimulant that can improve blood circulation and sexual function.
- Propionyl-L-carnitine is a drug that can improve blood circulation and, in some cases, even improve the performance of ED drugs such as Viagra.
The truth is that roughly 30% of men who use drugs like Viagra do not experience the full effect of the drug. Since these drugs affect blood flow to the penis, there are several reasons why these drugs may not work as expected.
These reasons include:
Incorrect use of the medication – some of these medications, such as Viagra, needs to be taken on an empty stomach.
Giving up too early – most of these medications can take several hours to kick in, so make sure you are aware of it.
ED drugs are not the best treatment option for you – this could be because your problem is psychological and not physical, or there may be some underlying medical condition that interferes with the drugs.
The truth is that Viagra by itself will not hurt your heart; in fact, it was initially designed to treat angina or heart pain. There can, however, be problems if you are already taking other medications for your heart, which include nitrates. If you take two medications that widen arteries, you can have a severe drop in blood pressure that can end up in a heart attack.
This does not seem like a particularly pleasant experience for anyone, so it is good news that priapism, or prolonged erections, are in fact, infrequent. Most urologists who prescribe Viagra or any of the other ED drugs never see a case of priapism because of the medication. Priapism is a severe and painful condition that can cause long-term damage if not treated in time.