What many people don’t realise about erectile dysfunction is just how common it is. In the UK alone, it is thought to affect at least 50% of men during some point in their later lives.
- 70% of men never seek advice for sex-related conditions.
- ED is common in older men, but affects younger men too.
- Treatable with prescription medications.
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- Available as a ‘weekend pill’ which lasts for up to 36 hours (10mg and 20mg)
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- Can be taken after a meal and active for up to 5 hours
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- Works in just 15-30 minutes.
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- Noticeable differences in as little as 5 minutes
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- Simple to use injections
- Begins to work within 10 minutes of application
- Offers localised treatment for ED
- Erections last for between 30 and 60 minutes
When two people engage in sexual intercourse, a number of chemical reactions take place inside the body. In men, these reactions cause blood rush to the penis, so it stiffens and grows in size, producing an erection.
Some men may increasingly experience difficulty getting erections as they approach middle age. But it is not exclusive to older men. Many young men can encounter the problem too; and contrary to popular belief, ED treatment is not just for men over 40. In any case where erectile issues persist, the problem is called erectile dysfunction.
Why does it happen?
The condition can occur for lots of different reasons. Sometimes a medical condition might restrict blood flow to the penis, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Lifestyle factors can also restrict circulation and contribute to the problem, such as a poor diet, alcohol consumption or recreational drug use. Other cases of erectile problems may be caused by psychological or emotional issues, such as stress or anxiety.
It can also, on occasion, be associated with other types of sexual dysfunction, such as premature ejaculation. However, it is important to recognise the difference between these conditions, as they are not always present in unison and treatment options for them are not the same.
Can medicine help?
Fortunately, erectile dysfunction is now easily treatable. Popular medicines like Cialis, Levitra, Viagra and generic Sildenafil work by allowing for the easier facilitation of blood to the penis, by assisting those blood vessels which act as a gateway to open and stay dilated.
Tablets are the most common option
Viagra alone has been prescribed in over 23 million cases worldwide – because the tablets are small, convenient, and can be taken in advance of intercourse. All oral tablets we sell come in different strengths. Which strength you are issued with depends on what you’ve taken before, and your general health.
The devices we offer are MUSE and Caverject.
Caverject is an injection which is administered directly into the base of the penis before sex; whereas MUSE is inserted into the tip of the penis. These need to be applied a few minutes before sex, so aren’t as convenient as tablets; but once you and your partner have become accustomed to them, they can become part of a healthy sex life.
Along with Nipatra, Vitaros is one of the more recent products to emerge in the market. Unlike Nipatra however, which is a chewable tablet, Vitaros is a cream containing alprostadil, which belongs to the prostaglandin category of medications. It is applied directly into the urethra, via a plunger device.
Treated.com have qualified GPs who are on hand to help. Once you have filled out our simple questionnaire, which takes around 3 minutes, one of our GPs will review your order. If our GP is happy that the medicine is suitable for you, then your order will be dispatched by our pharmacy in discreet, secure packaging. You’ll then receive your treatment within 24 hours.
Types of Treatment
There are two main classes of medicine that can help to treat erectile dysfunction (or ED): ‘PDE5 Inhibitors’, which are pills like Viagra; and ‘Prostaglandins’, which may be injected into the base of the penis, such as Caverject.
Despite their scientific-sounding names, what they do is quite simple; and that is to help increase the flow of blood to the penis, to enable stronger and longer-lasting erections when sexually aroused.
These types of medicines are prescription-only, and are only available through the NHS in certain cases. In most cases, a private prescription will be required for their purchase. This can be obtained through our online clinic service.
How do they work?
Both types of drugs aim to increase blood flow to the penis, but they do so in slightly different ways:
PDE5 is the name given to an enzyme which determines when blood vessels narrow and dilate; and this enzyme can sometimes restrict the passage of blood into the penis. PDE5 Inhibitors limit the activity of this enzyme, enabling blood to flow more easily to the penis, thereby relieving symptoms of impotence. PDE5 Inhibitors are found in the most common erection pills such as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis.
Prostaglandins are important hormone-like compounds that do a lot of work inside the body. For instance, when you suffer an injury, prostaglandins are responsible for alerting you to it, by sending pain signals to the brain from the affected area. Medicines such as Caverject contain alprostadil, an agent which mimics these natural hormones, allowing for greater sensitivity. This agent both enables those vessels letting blood into the penis to dilate; and encourages blood vessels allowing blood to exit the penis to narrow, keeping blood in the penis and helping it to stay erect.
What are the side effects?
Side effects can vary within medicines of the same class, so it’s important to always read the patient information leaflet provided with your medicine. If you’re unsure, or think you might be experiencing a side effect, it is vital to talk to your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Can I take them with other medications?
Both PDE5 Inhibitors and Prostaglandins can interact with a range of different medicines, so it is essential to inform your doctor of any medicines you are currently taking, or illnesses you have previously suffered from. Do not start or stop taking any medicines before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first. This includes prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines, and remedies.
Other Types of Treatment
There are several non-medicinal options available to those who prefer not to take prescription drugs, or have found them to be unsuitable, including: vacuum constriction devices (pumps), prostheses or, in rare cases, surgery.
Their success has been much debated, with some saying that they may improve sexual performance, but several studies refuting that they make any difference at all. Still, natural or ‘herbal’ remedies remain a hot topic among experts when it comes to erectile dysfunction.
Whichever treatment method you choose, your safety should always take priority. Buying treatment online is a safe and effective route for many, but you should be wary of less reputable sites when doing so. Take a look at our guidelines on safe internet practices for more information.
Question and Answers
What’s the difference between the medications?
The main difference between the medications is their method of application, and their duration of function. In addition, some are branded and some are generic.
Oral tablet treatments, like Viagra, Levitra, Sildenafil or Cialis, are a convenient way of relieving symptoms, especially if this is the first time you’re trying the medication. Tablets typically take at least 30 minutes to work, so would need to be taken in advance of sex.
Non-tablet treatments include injections and urethral systems. Injections, such as Caverject, are injected into the base of the penis, and work almost immediately. Alternatively, urethral systems, like MUSE, are inserted into the tip of the penis. These tend to work far quicker than oral tablets, but are not usually recommended unless you’ve already tried a tablet and found it to be ineffective.
Should I take Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, or Spedra?
All of these drugs are known as ‘PDE5 Inhibitors’, and work in the same way although some get to work faster than others, and some stay active for longer than others.
Viagra typically takes 30-60 minutes to work, and lasts for around 4 hours. (Nipatra and Sildenafil contain the same ingredient, and can generally be relied upon to produce similiar results.)
Cialis can take one or two hours to work, depending on which dose you use, but can remain active for up to 36 hours afterwards.
Levitra takes 30-60 minutes to have an effect, and stays active for about 5 hours.
Spedra is typically the fastest-working tablet treatment, producing results in as little as 15-30 minutes, lasting for around 5 hours.
Which medicine you choose to buy depends on your health, when you feel most comfortable taking the medicine, and how long you want it to last for. All of these medicines should only cause erections when you are sexually aroused.
Are there different side effects?
Every medicine has different side effects, so it’s important to always read the patient information leaflet provided with your medication. If you’re unsure, or think you might be experiencing side effects, it is imperative to talk to a doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Is it right for me?
Our simple questionnaire will be able to help our doctor determine whether the medication you have opted to buy is suitable for you. After you have completed this, it will be reviewed by one of our qualified GPs. If approved, a prescription will be generated for you, and you’ll receive your order from our dispensing pharmacy within 24 hours.
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