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Understanding ED Drugs

The use of ED drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Kamagra, Malegra, Vigora, Silagra and many others has been on the rise as cases of erectile dysfunction (ED) continue to rise as well. This observation is being made at a period where more men are becoming more conscious of their sexual health and are taking early steps to detect and treat their problems. According to a report from the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health, age does play a big role in the prevalence of ED, so the older you become, the higher the risk. Nevertheless, medical experts have also observed that 1 in 4 men who went for medical checks in regard to ED were below 40 years.

A Brief Look at ED

ED or erectile dysfunction is at times referred to as impotence. It is medical condition that affects a man’s ability to achieve a full erection. Due to this, a victim is unable to maintain a firm or steady erection for a time enough to complete sexual intercourse. He may also take longer to get an erection, or even ejaculates prematurely. In fact, the severity of the condition varies from individual to individual.

Findings from the National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS) show that approximately 52% of the men in the US suffer from ED occasionally. The prevalence is 40% in men aged 40 years and 70% in those aged 70 years. As we can see, the risk increases by 10% for every ten-year bracket. For instance, about 50% of men aged 50 and 60% of those aged 60 years suffer occasionally from ED.

Role of ED Drugs

Nowadays impotence is normally treated by taking ED pills. Before the discovery of these, men resorted to natural treatments which weren’t very effective. The well known Viagra (sildenafil) was the first commercially-produced ED drug. It has become so popular that today people tend to call it just the blue pill. Generic Cialis (tadalafil) came a few years after Viagra and turned out even more effective in a way.

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by both physical and psychological issues, and the effects vary from person to person depending on age, health, genetics and more. A study conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine states that ED may be accelerated by disease, poor nutrition, excessive smoking, sedentary behavior, alcohol consumption, surgery or radiation. Conditions such as diabetes mellitus, reduced HDL, hypertension, and heart disease can contribute to ED.

How Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Work

There are many different medications for ED. Although coming in different concentrations, colors, shapes and dosage, they all work in the same manner. Erectile dysfunction occurs when an insufficient amount of blood flows into the penile region, or too much flows back making it hard to maintain a firm erection for long enough. The male pills contain active chemical compounds that stimulate the production of more nitric oxide (NO). This allows the arteries to relax more and open wider allowing more blood to flow to the penis. At the same time, it influences the veins by constricting the passages, thus making blood flow out of the penis slower.

Some of the popular treatment options for ED include:

-Viagra (sildenafil): Also known as the blue pill, Viagra is taken 30 minutes to 1 hour before intended sexual activity and its effects last for about 4 hours.

– Levitra (vardenafil): This pill is taken at least 30 minutes prior to sexual activity and its effects last for about 5 hours.

– Cialis (tadalafil): Cialis is taken 20 minutes to 1 hour before sex and its effects will be experienced for as many as 36 hours, which is an absolute record in terms of duration among all existing ED drugs.

– Kamagra (sildenafil): This pill is taken 1 hour before anticipated sexual intercourse and its effects last for approximately 4 hours. In fact, this drug is similar to Viagra in every respect aside from a manufacturer and cost.

– Silagra, Vigora, Malegra (all based on sildenafil): These are other generics that basically copy the branded Viagra.

Thanks to these contemporary ED drugs, treating erectile dysfunction has become much easier today than it was a few decades ago. Men even don’t need to purchase expensive branded drugs since there are so many generic types out there, which are cheaper and available online. Nonetheless, when buying any ED pills, it’s vital to consult a doctor. This helps in ascertaining the right dosage and also avoiding interactions and side effects.

The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to establish teams of local volunteer medical and public health professionals who can contribute their skills and expertise throughout the year and during times of community need.

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