Impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED) is a sexual problem faced by all men at least once in their life time, and is usually a temporary problem. In spite of facing these problems, not many seek help because they are embarrassed and think that no solution is available for their problem. But they are unaware of the fact that a number of solutions are available for their problem, which include medications, counselling sessions or sex therapy. You can suffer from this condition owing to either some physical factors such as vascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, injury of the nervous system or spinal cord, prostate surgery, smoking and alcoholism. You can also suffer from impotence because of certain psychological factors such as anxiety, guilt, depression, stress, relationship problems and unresolved issues pertaining to sexual orientation.
What medications are available for treating erectile dysfunction?
One of the most popular prescription medications that have helped men treat erectile dysfunction and live a satisfactory sex life is Viagra. It was the first pill, manufactured by the pharmacy company named Pfizer. It was originally developed to treat high blood pressure, but it proved to be really helpful in treating impotence instead. This pill is supposed to be taken at least before 30 to 60 minutes you engage in sexual activity and can experience its effect for 4 hours after taking the pill.
Another popular prescription medication available for erectile dysfunction treatment is Cialis, also known as the 'weekend pill'. Cialis has earned this nick name owing to its effectiveness, which lasts for up to 36 hours after taking the pill. It is supposed to be taken, just like Viagra, 30 to 60 minutes before you have sex; and is most suitable for middle aged men.
Levitra is another popular prescription medication available on the market, which is found to be more suitable for older men. It supposed to be taken at least 30 to 60 minutes before you have sex and can experience its effectiveness for the next 5 hours.
All these three pills help in treating erectile dysfunction by relaxing the muscles in your penis to allow more blood flow. You get an erection when the blood flow increases, and as the pill allows increased blood flow, you get your desired erections.
Is Viagra safe for old men?
Viagra is a pill that can be used in men starting from 18 years of age to older men. But, it has been found that older men often do not get much desirable outcomes from this pill and so is not much popular amongst them. Also, older men are more prone to getting affected with the side effects, and so it is advisable for older men to use pills such as Levitra instead of Viagra.
How does Viagra affect blood pressure?
Viagra, as per doctor's advice, should not be taken in more than 25 mg dose as it can cause severe side effects in men suffering from blood pressure problems. Though it was initially introduced for treating the same, it can also lead to severity of side effects. But, it has helped some men suffering from blood pressure to get the pressure to a lower level.
So, Viagra can help men with erectile dysfunction, but old men should be careful enough when using this pill and those with high blood pressure problems too.