Erectile dysfunction treatment

The global sales of drugs for the treatment of erectile problems exceed $5 billion per year and they are constantly growing. Tens of millions of men use different methods to improve erectile function and spend substantial funds on this. Many men want to reduce the cost of ED treatment and their desire can easily be fulfilled.

The most popular methods of erectile dysfunction treatment, starting with the drugs taken without water and ending with a surgical prosthetics, will be considered in this review. All these methods are considered to be effective, however differ in cost and ease of use.

Efficacy and duration of ED treatment depend on the cause of problem. Consultation with a health care provider allows choosing the best way to treat erection problems. Several treatment options can help some men; therefore, there is the possibility to choose the safest and the most convenient ones.

Pills

Drugs for erectile dysfunction treatmentAt present time, there are many pills to treat erectile dysfunction. Popular branded drugs or cheap generic drugs are available at pharmacies of some countries. The mechanism of action of these pills may slightly differ, but in general, they belong to a class of drugs called PDE5 inhibitors.

Drugs from the group of selective PDE5 inhibitors are developed relatively recently. The best-known drug of this group is Viagra appeared at the pharmaceutical market a little more than 15 years ago.

Viagra pills came into the market earlier than other drugs and its success promoted to the development of the entire pharmaceutical industry in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Now, dozens of Viagra generic drugs are available for sale in different countries of the world.

The most important pharmacodynamic characteristics of Viagra, Cialis and Levitra pills is the selectivity of their action. Drugs contain different active substances that really work, restore a normal mechanism of an erection and do not cause severe side effects.

Selective PDE5 inhibitors relax and extend the walls of blood vessels. Due to this, blood flow to the penis increases and an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse can be achieved. Erection disappears naturally after orgasm and ejaculation.

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra start to work 15 to 45 minutes after the intake. Cialis (Tadalafil) has the most prolonged half-life. Men can achieve an erection within 36 hours after the intake of a Cialis pill.

Ordinarily, PDE 5 inhibitors are supplied in tablets and capsules. These pills are easy to use, but they should be taken with water. For the customers’ convenience and for the expansion of products range, the pharmaceutical companies have started producing chewable and fast disintegrating tablets.

Injectable drugs

Injectable drugs to treat erectile dysfunction appeared a bit earlier than Viagra, but their popularity remains relatively low. Drugs of this type have a number of indisputable advantages; however, the need to use a needle scares many men.

Customarily, solutions for injections administered into the penis (for example, Caverject) contain active substance Alprostadil. If the man is trained in the technique of self-injection, he can get a prolonged and stable erection only 5 minutes after the administration.

Injectable drugs are suitable for domestic use and allow getting an erection when it is most needed. PDE5 inhibitors usually start to work quickly, but if they are taken with fatty food, their effect may begin after 60-90 minutes.

Typically, pharmaceutical companies supply kits containing everything needed for safe and easy administration of the drug. Despite the manufacturers’ efforts, injections for erectile dysfunction treatment do not enjoy great popularity.

Especially for those, who want to improve erectile function without needles, Muse drug was developed. This drug also contains active substance Alprostadil. To administer Muse drug, needles are not needed. The drug is administered directly into the urethra by means of special applicator.

Medical devices (vacuum pump)

Vacuum devices are sold without a prescription and can be real alternatives to the drug therapy of ED. However, statistics shows that most men stop using vacuum erection devices during the first few months of treatment of erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.

The operating principle of vacuum erection devices is to create a low pressure. Due to this effect, the device contributes to the extra blood flow to the cavernous bodies and provides an erection.

Vacuum erection devices do not use physiological mechanisms of the body, so it is believed that they cause unnatural erection. The effectiveness of vacuum pumps varies from 30 to 90 percent.

During the treatment of certain serious diseases, especially cardiovascular, combined use of drugs is not recommended. Medical devices may help in the treatment of erectile dysfunction caused by BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), diabetes, or other pathology.

Surgery (prosthetics)

Treatment of erectile dysfunction by means of implants is not so popular in the world, but can be the only opportunity to get an erection for some categories of men. For example, men who were diagnosed with irreversible erectile dysfunction because of a serious injury of the penis.

Prosthetics assumes that all parts of the device (implant) are located inside the body. For erection, the man presses the pump. After intercourse, it is necessary to press the valve and the penis returns to its normal relaxed state.

Today, there are many options of erectile dysfunction treatment. Achievement of the optimal results depends on the choice of the best method of treatment. Erectile dysfunction is no longer considered a complex disease and is easily treatable.