More and more people are becoming aware and afflicted with erectile dysfunction (ED). It’s a condition that affects millions of males not only in the United States, but worldwide. With the help of medical technology, there is a spark of hope in overcoming impotence. But keep in mind that proper knowledge of any treatment is needed before administration. We live in a world where medical myths affect our outlook on treatments. Because of that, many myths on ED drugs are believed by the general public. If you are one of those believers, then ED drugs may not be right for you.
Commercial ED drugs such as sildenafil citrate (Viagra), vardenafil hydrocholride (Levitra), and tadalafil (Cialis) have been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and are widely available today. Other oral drugs like testosterone pills, yohimbine hydrochloride, trazodone, and dopamine and serotonin agonists have also been proven to be effective against ED. Injected drugs are also available as options, such as papaverine hydrochloride, phentolamine, and alprostadil. Alprostadil pellets are inserted into the urethra with a special applicator. These drugs work the same way as the oral drugs, by dilating the blood vessels in the penis and increasing blood flow for an erection.
The effectiveness of these drugs, however, is coupled with side effects and incompatibilities with other patients. Moreover, misinformation on these medications can lead to misuse. Below are some common medical myths about ED drugs:
They’ll Make You Great in Bed
Contrary to popular belief, ED drugs like Viagra are not aphrodisiacs. Pfizer has already been warned by the FDA for misinforming consumers that Viagra will return a man’s waning sex drive. Many testimonials of users state that their sex drive remained the same, and Viagra’s effects are purely physical, not psychological.
Only Old Men Need It
Since impotence is usually associated with old age, ED drugs were believed to work only for them. The fact is Viagra can be used by men of any age. Impotence has already been shown to affect men below the age of 40. Most often, younger men misuse Viagra as a recreational drug, allowing them to have longer-lasting erections. But as said earlier, ED drugs do nothing to improve sex drive.
ED Drugs Act Super Fast, So Be Fast!
Many of us believe that popping an ED pill will immediately cause an erection. It’s not exactly Newton’s Law of Action and Reaction. ED drugs should be taken approximately an hour to a half hour before sex. Aside from that, the penis still requires stimulation before it gets up. Once the drug kicks in, erections may last to about four hours. Anytime longer than that, and once the prolonged erection starts to feel painful, medical assistance is needed. These are only a few misinforming myths about ED drugs. It’s never wrong to be cautious, better that than be ignorant and regretful. If you still believe that ED drugs are not the way to go, alternative treatments are available. Be careful about experimenting just because something new comes out, or because it worked with someone you know. Remember, popularity does not necessarily guarantee a remedy.