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Erectile Dysfunction

What Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is when a person is consistently incapable of getting and maintain an erection that is firm enough or for enough time to have sex. About 20-30 million men in the United States suffer from erectile dysfunction. The inability to produce an erection strong enough for sex may happen occasionally, but when it is a continuous occurrence, there may be an underlying health issue. Erectile dysfunction can lead to reduced self confidence and even relationship problems. It may be difficult to talk about, but if you are experiencing ED, contacting your doctor can get you back on track to a better sexual experience. Checking for the causes of ED may also unveil other underlying conditions.

Erectile Dysfunction Causes

There are many causes to erectile dysfunction. Although ED is more common in older men, it is not a direct symptom of simply becoming older. Everything from psychological states to heart conditions can affect the ability to maintain an erection. These are a few conditions that may cause ED:

  • Diabetes (type 1 and 2)
  • High blood pressures
  • Kidney disease
  • Issues with heart or blood vessels
  • Obesity
  • Alcoholism
  • Depression or stress

Basically, conditions that negatively affect health have the potential to reduce the capability to develop and maintain erections. There are also certain medications that can cause impotence.

Medications that Cause Erectile Dysfunction

There are a few commonly used medications that can be the culprit behind erectile dysfunction:

  1. Diuretics: these pills help increase urine flow. They also remove water from your blood stream, which reduces blood pressure by removing the amount of liquid in your veins. The reduction in blood pressure can make it difficult to get an erection.
  2. Antihypertensives: these drugs treat hypertension (high blood pressure). They reduce blood pressure which may cause impotence.
  3. Antihistamines: these drugs reduce symptoms from allergies. When we breath in pollen (or other allergy inducing substances) our body creates histamines. Antihistamines block histamines and the symptoms they produce.
  4. Antidepressants: antidepressants have various sexual side effects such as decreased libido, inability to orgasm, and erectile dysfunction.

Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

As mentioned, ED may be a symptom of a different underlying issue. It is important to first figure out if there is a heart condition or something more serious that may be causing impotence. Once the cause of ED has been determined by a doctor, a treatment will be prescribed.

Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

The two most commonly used drugs for treating ED are tadalafil and sildenafil. Tadalafil is the active ingredient in Cialis, while sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra. The patents for both drugs expired in 2017 and 2013 respectively, making way for generic options at a more affordable price. The generic products are just as effective since it uses the same active ingredients as the branded products.

These drugs are very similar. Both relax the muscles in the penis in order to increase blood flow allowing the user to develop an erection that is firm enough for sex. Tadalafil and sildenafil do have a few differences:

  1. Tadalafil takes 20-30 minutes to begin working, while sildenafil takes 30-60 minutes.
  2. Tadalafil lasts up to 36 hours, while sildenafil lasts from 4-6 hours. This is not the length of time an erection is present, but rather the length of time an erection can occur following sexual stimulation.
  3. Tadalafil requires a prescription, while sildenafil is available over the counter at a 50 mg dosage.

Both drugs have similar side effects and similar success rates. Though tadalafil may look to be a better drug, preference is up to the individual and their personal experiences with each product.

ED Dosage Forms

Capsules

Tadalafil or sildenafil can be compounded into a capsule containing the exact dosage needed. These capsules are swallowed orally and are usually available on demand from our pharmacy.

Troches

These are small tablets compounded to contain the exact dosage of the active ingredient needed. Their size and consistency are comparable to cough drops. Troches can also be made in smaller sizes. They are designed to dissolve in the mouth.

Injections

Penile injections are also a method of treating erectile dysfunction. Drugs such as Bimix, Trimix, and Quadmix are compounded into an injection that goes directly into the penis. This produces an erection within 5-10 minutes of the injection. No sexual stimulation is necessary for the erection to occur.

Pharmacies Role in Treating Erectile Dysfunction

The first step in seeking treatment for ED is always to see a doctor. Doctors will make sure that there isn’t something more serious affecting the ability to produce an erection. From there, a prescription will be handed down from the doctor to our pharmacy. Our role is to work with the doctor in order to provide a more affordable and appropriate dose. Our pharmacists consult with clients and providers to create the best path to treating ED.

Reach Out to ClearSpring Pharmacy for ED Treatment

We’re here to help! We offer ED medications at an affordable price. We carry the generic forms of Viagra and Cialis, which includes the active ingredients tadalafil and sildenafil. We are able to compound the medication into preferred forms and dosage size. We have strong relationships with prescribers in the area and are able to recommend doctors to our clients. Please call our Littleton or Denver location for any questions! Or fill out our form and we will respond soon.

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