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Erectile Dysfunction Treatment: Definition, Symptoms, Drugs and FAQs


  1. What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
  2. What Are the First Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?
  3. How Can Erectile Dysfunction Be Diagnosed?
  4. Which Medications Can Be Used to Treat ED?
  5. Do ED Drugs Cure Erectile Dysfunction?
  6. Why Are Generic ED Drugs Cheaper Than Branded Ones?
  7. What Is The Difference between Cialis, Levitra, And Viagra?
  8. What Are The Side Effects of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs?
  9. What Are the Contraindications to Taking ED Medications?
  10. Do Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Interact with Other Medications?
  11. What Are the Advantages of Choosing Drugs from My Canadian Pharmacy?
  12. How Can I Order ED Drugs from My Canadian Pharmacy?

As erectile dysfunction becomes more and more common among men of all ages (even as young as 25), the public awareness of this issue rises drastically. However, there are still many men who, similarly to their partners, hardly have a clue about what is erectile dysfunction, what are its causes, and how it can have a huge impact on their lives. In this article you are going to find answers to most (if not all) of your questions about erectile problems.

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Let’s start with the basics and figure out just what erectile dysfunction really is. Erectile dysfunction (also commonly abbreviated as “ED”) is the inability to develop and/or maintain an erection. ED is also sometimes called “impotence”. Most men experience ED occasionally throughout their lives, and that is considered perfectly fine. If a man is feeling stressed out for a long time, ED might be the response of his body to the stress and pressure. Once the stressful situation disappears, the man calms down and eventually regains the natural ability to develop an erection.

However, if erectile problems persist and/or occur without any significant stressful events in the life of a patient, they might be a sign of an underlying medical condition. In such case it is highly important to discuss the issue with a trusted healthcare provider and undertake further action, because the health issue causing ED could be dangerous or even lethal. Since the physiological mechanism of an erection is largely reliant on the health of the cardiovascular system, erectile problems can be indicators of a health or blood flow issues, which generally have to be addressed as soon as possible. In addition, ED patients often happen to suffer from diabetes as well, so it is crucial that men who find themselves unable to develop and/or maintain an erection for a long time seek professional medical help.


What Are the First Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

Sometimes it is pretty hard to tell whether your erectile problems are simply a sign of an excessively stressful lifestyle or if there’s more to them than just that.

The approaches of medical practitioners to the issue of ED and its definition may vary, but all in all, most of them agree that the following symptoms could be warning you against onsetting ED:

  • A significant decrease in the amount of sex with your partner. Men who have ED (especially psychological ED) often find themselves unwilling to engage in sexual activities with a partner, but they still enjoy masturbation and can get an erection quite easily when they are on their own. Such behavior generally indicates underlying psychological issues which are best discussed with a therapist before they can do further damage to the mind. If you’re keen to measure everything in numbers, here’s an indicator for you: failing to develop and/or maintain an erection in more than one half of all attempts with your sexual partner is clearly a sign of ED.
  • No pleasure during sex and/or feeling of satisfaction after sex. If you notice that the quality of sexual intercourse with your partner declines even though all aspects of your relationship seem unchanged, the reason behind this phenomenon might be ED. If you have minor erectile problems, you’ll still be able to develop erections, but they are bound to become too soft or too brief to have satisfying sex, and it will be noticeable both for you and your partner.
  • Increased amounts of night-time activity. Men who suffer from ED often report that they involuntarily get lots of erections during the night, but they are unable to develop one when they need it. If you suspect that this might be the case for you, you can try to do a quick test on your own. This method is used by researchers in many studies due to its simplicity and the reliability of its results. Before you go to bed, attach a ring of stamps around your penis. If it doesn’t stay soft throughout the night, the ring will be broken by morning.
  • Poor dental hygiene. This is not an ED symptom in itself, but it might indicate the future onset of erectile problems. Surprising as this may be, dental hygiene plays a role in a man’s ability to maintain and develop an erection because gums and teeth which are “crowded” with bacteria eventually become the gate through which the bacteria get into the blood flow. As you remember from the first section of this article, blood flow problems can cause impotence, so beware ED if your oral hygiene is far from good or at least satisfactory.

If you find that you experience one or more of the erectile dysfunction symptoms described above, it might be high time for you to consult your healthcare provider about your erectile difficulties.

How Can Erectile Dysfunction Be Diagnosed?

While self-diagnosing ED might be tricky due to lack of experience and a fairly subjective approach, it is often fairly easy for a healthcare professional to tell whether a patient has ED or not (unlike diagnosing cause of erectile dysfunction, which can sometimes be elusive). A lot of men will only need to undergo a physical exam and tell their healthcare provider about their medical history to get a proper diagnosis. In some cases, the doctor might have additional questions regarding the patient’s medical history. If a patient has major health problems, some further measures, such as tests and exams, might be needed to determine the exact causes of erectile difficulties and find the best way of addressing them.

These measures can be as following:

  • A more thorough physical exam. The healthcare provider might want to check the nerves in your penis for sensation, or conduct a careful examination of your pelvic area to gain an understanding of what might be causing your ED.
  • Blood tests. Since there is a number of medical conditions which could cause ED, your doctor might find it necessary to collect a sample of your blood and have it tested for such disorders as diabetes, low testosterone levels, or cardiovascular diseases.
  • Urine tests. If your healthcare provider suspects that you might have diabetes, he/she may order a urinalysis to check the sugar levels in your urine.
  • Ultrasound test. Blood flow disorders can cause ED, so your healthcare provider might want to make sure that the blood flow around your penis is unimpaired. This can be done with the help of an ultrasound test, which is conducted by a healthcare professional in an office. During the test, the doctor will hold a transducer over your penis to create a video of your blood flow on a special screen. This video helps determine the health of your blood vessels and see whether your ED could be caused by a blood flow problem. Sometimes the doctor will inject a special medication in the penis to produce an erection and create the right conditions for the test.
  • Psychological exam. Depression and other psychological problems are common ED causes, so your healthcare provider will probably want to ask you some questions to see whether your mental health could be the reason behind your erectile problems.

As you can see, diagnosing erectile dysfunction normally involves some relatively simple and painless procedures, so do not hesitate to consult your healthcare provider if you suspect that you might have ED.

Which Medications Can Be Used to Treat Erectile Dysfunction?

Today ED patients can obtain a number of safe and highly effective ED drugs that can help them go back to having a normal sexual life. Once you find an ED medication that suits you best, it will provide an easy, non-invasive and reliable way to get an erection whenever you need it. The first ED medicine to hit the market was Viagra, and up until now it has remained a top selling ED drug in a lot of countries all over the world. The main active component of Viagra is sildenafil citrate, which works by dilating the blood vessels around the penis and relaxing the soft tissues inside the organ, so that the blood flow to the penis is unrestricted. Simultaneously, it increases the blood flow to the penis, creating optimal conditions for an erection. To achieve this effect, sildenafil has to inhibit a PDE5 enzyme which is normally responsible for “removing” an erection once it is no longer needed, so you might see Viagra being described as a potent PDE5 inhibitor.

Successful as it is, Viagra is not the only medication officially approved for ED treatment and widely available for purchase. Cialis and Levitra are Viagra analogs which are gradually gaining popularity among ED patients. All three medications are based on different active components, but they all work in a similar way due to the similar biochemical properties of their components.

However, there are some differences between Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, and you can find out more about them in one of the following sections of this article or read in our guides:

If you are trying to buy Viagra online, you’re bound to come across lots of its counterparts, but you should remember that only Cialis and Levitra are certified and officially approved medications which can be safely used to regain the ability to develop an erection. There are many Viagra analogs which are not effective (and possibly, not safe) because they are produced in substandard facilities out of low-quality components. Since the respective authorities did not approve such drugs for use, it is solely your own responsibility to stay away from them. You should not jeopardize your health for the sake of getting your ED meds cheaper, so be careful not to buy low-quality Viagra knock-offs.

Do Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Cure Erectile Dysfunction?

In most cases, erectile dysfunction is not a standalone medical condition, but rather a consequence of another health issue. Thus, it is impossible to cure ED itself without addressing the underlying condition first. Obviously, this can only be done after getting a proper diagnosis, so if you want to go back to leading a full sexual life again, your best bet is seeking professional medical help.

The conditions that cause ED are often quite serious, so it might take awhile until the treatment for them works and reduces their impact on your sexual function. ED medications will help you enjoy sexual activities in a normal way while you are waiting for the treatment effect to kick in. For some patients, ED drugs are the only way to engage in sexual intercourse again because their health issues are untreatable. However, the effect of any ED medicine is only temporary, and no ED drug is capable of actually curing ED. What Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis do is help the body overcome the obstacles presented by cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, or depression, and regain the ability to develop and maintain an erection – but only for a short, limited period of time.

Why Are Generic Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Cheaper Than Branded Ones?

If you have already tried using any ED medication, or at least have taken a look at the prices in your local pharmacy or online, you know that Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are not really affordable for everyone. If you find that your budget will probably be stretched too tight by purchasing a certain amount of ED drugs every month, do not despair. Fortunately for you and many other ED patients, there is a way to obtain all the benefits of a well-known ED medication for one half (and often even less) of its price. What’s more, by doing so, you won’t be compromising your health and getting cheap low-quality Viagra alternatives from a random Internet website.

To understand how that is possible, one has to be familiar with all the processes that precede the appearance of a pharmaceutical in your local pharmacy – or in a warehouse of an online drug store. Before a medication is allowed into mass production, it has to go through numerous phases of development and testing. These phases can sometimes last for as long as several decades, and they are crucial for the medicine’s efficiency and safety. Obviously, conducting such thorough research is not easy and requires ample funding on the part of the drug developer. Later, when the drug formula has been finalized, the drug goes into production, and here’s when another costly phase kicks in – drug marketing. The medicines which go on to become household names have all been marketed extremely well, and clearly, the costs of efficient marketing are very high.

Eventually, the original drug developer does get all the invested money (and a lot more) back in revenue because it owns not only the newly created brand, but also the right to be the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of the drug in question on a certain market for a certain period of time. This right is granted by patents, which generally last for 15 or 20 years, and can then be prolonged by the original drug developer for a fee. If the developer chooses to let the patent expire, it makes the medication available for production by third-party generic manufacturers (thus the name “generic medications” or “generics”).

Third-party manufacturers only need to wait until the original patent expires and figure out the drug formula, which is often relatively easy and does not require significant financial input. Once they have the formula, they can start producing the analog of the branded drug in question, and when they sell it, they can set very attractive prices because they did not invest a lot into the medication. All they did was figure out the formula, set up production, and arrange the distribution of their generic drug for ED.

You might assume that generic manufacturers can produce low-quality pharmaceuticals because their medications are only copies of branded products and they aren’t being controlled and supervised properly. However, this is not so, as all generic medications that you see in brick and mortar pharmacies and on the websites of reliable online pharmacies have been certified by respective authorities just like their branded counterparts. When you buy a generic medicine from a reputable seller, you can be sure that you are getting a high-quality product which was manufactured out of virtually the same components and according to exactly the same standards as its branded analog.

What Is The Difference between Cialis, Levitra, And Viagra?

The main active components in these three major ED drugs are sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra). All three chemicals are powerful PDE5 inhibitors, so all three medications have a fairly similar mechanism of action. However, it is impossible to claim that Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are all virtually identical ED medicines because all of them have some distinct features which make them more or less attractive for ED patients with different needs and preferences.

viagra-cialis-levitraViagra is an all-rounder with a great reputation, good success rate (over 70% of men are able to use Viagra and achieve the desired result), relatively quick effect onset and standard for ED drugs effect duration (around 4 hours). Viagra is chosen by many men because it has stood the test of time, so its safety and efficiency are hardly to be questioned. The growing availability of generic Viagra means that it is now possible to benefit from the original drug formula without shelling out a small fortune, so consumers are still quite likely to choose Viagra, whether in its branded or generic form.

Cialis, on the other hand, is a medicine which is more tailored to the needs of people who want to keep the spontaneity in their sexual relationships, so they don’t want to be dependent on the onset of the ED drug’s effect. While both Viagra and Levitra have to be taken on an as-needed basis, Cialis can be taken daily in smaller dosages. This way, the concentration of the medicine in a user’s blood continuously remains sufficiently high for the user to be able to maintain and develop an erection any time he wishes. In addition, Cialis can also be taken as needed, and if it is taken in a large enough dosage, its effect can last for up to 36 hours.

Levitra is a potent ED medication which apparently is an attempt to combine the best features of all ED drugs in one pill. Levitra has lower reported side effects rate (this is also corroborated by some studies, but a lot of experts agree that further research is needed), in addition to the side effects actually being milder as compared to those of Viagra and Cialis. Levitra effect always kicks in within 30 minutes, which cannot be said about Viagra and Cialis, and Levitra effective time is actually a little longer as compared to Viagra, generally around 5-6 hours. While this does not seem a significant improvement compared to the 36 hours of Cialis effect, it is still better than the average 4 hours one gets from a Viagra pill.

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What Are The Side Effects of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs?

Side effects are not something you want to experience when using a drug, but in most cases, the benefits outweigh the possible discomfort, so you take a chance and use the medication. Sometimes you might experience some adverse effects when you first start taking a drug, but as your body adjusts itself to the drug’s impact, you’ll find that you are no longer suffering from the side effects. In other cases, you might experience side effects randomly from time to time.

The major side effects of Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are quite similar due to the similar nature of their active components and mechanism of action. Patients who use ED drugs are quite likely to experience headaches because ED medicines trigger temporary changes in blood flow. Due to the same reason, muscle and back aches are also quite common in ED drugs users. Normally, these symptoms can be relieved with an OTC pain medication, but it is still best if you discuss them with your healthcare provider and let him/her help you choose the best way to deal with them.

Another common group of ED drugs side effects are digestive problems. Some patients report having diarrhea, indigestion, or upset stomach after using Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra. These side effects generally don’t pose any threat to your overall health and can go away on their own or be removed with OTC medications, but if the digestive problems persist, it is advisable that you discuss them with your healthcare provider because you might need to make some changes to your diet or switch to a different ED drug.

Dizziness after taking an ED drug is less common than headaches and digestive problems, but it is still experienced by some Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra users. The dizziness is usually quite mild, so it is not a big issue, but it might cause some discomfort while performing daily tasks. In case of driving or operating machinery, it could potentially lead to accidents and traumas, so it is advisable that you consult your healthcare provider about ways of dealing with this Viagra adverse reaction.

A small group of ED drug users report having eyesight (in rare cases, hearing) problems after they have taken Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra. The impact of the medication might cause your vision to become blurry or even affect the way that you see colors (but only temporarily). Experiencing such symptoms after using an ED drug is normal, but if they persist or cause particular discomfort, you should seek professional medical help. If you have a retinal disorder (such as retinitis pigmentosa), you might want to refrain from taking ED medicines because they could do serious damage to your eyesight, up to complete vision loss.

Another relatively rare side effect of ED drugs is facial flushing. An area of your face might temporarily become red after using an ED medication, but this symptom is normally harmless and does not require medical attention. Sometimes the flush might spread further around your body. Your chances of experiencing this particular adverse reaction go up if you drink alcohol, eat spicy food, or spend a lot of time outside in a hot climate while taking Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis. Alternatively, you could get a runny or stuffy nose, which is also a minor side effect and normally disappears all by itself.

Finally, a very small percentage of generic ED drugs users happen to experience priapism – a painful prolonged erection that lasts more than 4 hours and won’t go away. If you have a painful erection or one that just wouldn’t become flat again, you might be suffering from priapism, so you need to seek professional medical help immediately. Failing to do that might result in permanent damage to the penis, so better take no chances.

What Are the Contraindications to Taking Erectile Dysfunction Medications?

While the officially approved ED drugs are generally safe and cause minimum side effects, some people still should exercise particular caution when using them, or even refrain from using them at all. Due to the ability to dilate blood vessels, ED medicines are not to be used by men who suffer from hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure) because a further decrease in blood pressure could even be lethal. Similarly, some cardiovascular diseases could be a contraindication to using ED drugs.

Patients who have already experienced priapism before are advised to avoid using ED medications because they increase the chances of a relapse. The same is true for men who have experienced temporary vision or hearing loss earlier in life. Patients who suffer from retinal disorders are not to use Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and their generic analogs because they would expose themselves to a high risk of losing vision if they did take the medication.

Having liver or kidney disorders is also likely to make ED drugs usage undesirable, but it might be possible to establish a safe usage pattern if you discuss the issue with your healthcare provider. It is highly important to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to make sure that it is safe for you to use ED drugs. A doctor who knows your medical history will be very helpful because he/she can take into account all information about your health and give you some recommendations regarding the usage of the medicine.

Do Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Interact with Other Medications?

The answer is definitely “yes, they do”. Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra all belong to the PDE5 inhibitors drug type, so their interactions with other medicines are fairly similar. Most notably, ED drugs interact with alpha blockers and nitrate-containing pharmaceuticals. Using these drugs simultaneously with an ED medication might result in grave (possibly lethal) consequences for the user’s health.

You might still be able to use an ED drug together with an alpha blocker or a nitrate-based drug, but only if you’re taking both of them in small doses and only as long as your healthcare provider considers it generally safe to do so. If you do try taking these pharmaceuticals simultaneously, you have to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and make sure that you report any new symptoms you might develop during the treatment course.

Remember that only a healthcare professional can decide whether it is safe for you to attempt using Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis together with an alpha-blocker or nitrate-containing drug and work out a dosage schedule for you. What’s more, your healthcare provider will be able to analyse the medications you are currently taking and check whether any of them have dangerous interactions with PDE5 inhibitors. Granted, you could try to do that on your own using the Internet, but considering the fact that PDE5 inhibitors have potentially dangerous interactions with over 300 different medications and substances, you’re probably better off letting the compatibility check be done by healthcare professionals.

What Are the Advantages of Choosing Drugs from My Canadian Pharmacy?

First of all, when you choose medications from My Canadian Pharmacy, you are getting high-quality products at an attractive price. If you choose to obtain your pharmaceutical supplies from us, you’re making a smart decision because you are not compromising your health for the sake of a lower-than-average price. While you might be able to find websites that offer similar products at lower prices as compared to Canadian Pharmacy, it is probably a bad idea to risk your health and well-being to spare a few dollars. Consider this: it is impossible to set a lower price on any product without either sacrificing its quality or reducing the sales revenue up to the point when selling the product is no longer profitable. Since the second option is hardly something a business would do, it’s obvious that the quality of such medications has been compromised by using substandard ingredients.

What’s more, being able to obtain safe and effective ED pills is not the only benefit of choosing your pharmaceuticals off My Canadian Pharmacy website. With us, you can count on getting top-notch customer support, as well as finding attractive offers and great deals whenever you visit our website. My Canadian Pharmacy wants every customer to feel valued and satisfied, so we have pleasant bonuses both for our new and returning customers.

If it’s your first time shopping at My Canadian Pharmacy, you’ll get a 10% discount on your offer, as well as an assortment of free bonus pills (the type and quantity of pills depends on the contents of your order). In addition, you can enjoy such perks as free shipping, free order insurance, and free express shipping simply by placing a large enough order (exceeding $150, $250, and $300, respectively). The order insurance makes sure that you can always get your money’s worth back even if the parcel is lost or damaged on the way to you. Depending on your preference, we will either give you a refund on your order, or send a new package to make up for the lost/damaged one.

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Returning My Canadian Pharmacy customers can benefit from a flexible discount system which allows them to work their way up towards the highest discounts with every order. My Canadian Pharmacy does not want you to spend a fortune when you buy ED drugs online, so if you place an order that exceeds $500 in overall value, you’ll be contacted by a member of the MCP team to work out a personal discount for your order. Finally, we frequently offer special pill packs and seasonal discounts on our website, so make sure that you visit it from time to time and never miss out on anything.

Last but not least, when you order medications from My Canadian Pharmacy, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home to get the pharmaceutical you need. You no longer have to drive to your local drug store just to find out that the medication you were going to buy is out of stock. A computer with an Internet connection and a credit card are all you need to have the pharmaceuticals of your choice delivered right to your doorstep. This can come in particularly handy if you’re feeling too embarrassed to buy Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis in a brick-and-mortar pharmacy. My Canadian Pharmacy values your privacy, so your personal information is only used to process the order and send it to you. Our packages do not carry any labels or brand names, so neither delivery workers nor your neighbors will know what’s inside the box.

How Can I Order ED Drugs from My Canadian Pharmacy?

Placing an order at My Canadian Pharmacy is really easy, so that even the least tech-savvy of our customers can do it without having to ask anyone for help. Still, if you don’t understand how to proceed to the next step while making an order or you simply have a question regarding your order and its content, you can contact our sales team and they will do their best to resolve your issue or provide the information you need. All necessary information o how to order in My Canadian Pharmacy:

So what exactly do you need to do to place an order at Canadian Pharmacy? First, visit our website at link and take a look at the products we offer. For your convenience, we have categorized the pharmaceuticals and created a side menu to display the categories. Once you find a medication you would like to purchase, you can choose the dosage and number of pills you need (100 Viagra 50mg pills, for instance), and click on the “Order Now” button. After you do that, you are taken to the next step of processing your order, where you can either continue shopping and come back to your cart later, or proceed to checkout. When you choose the “Checkout” option, a secure 256-bit SSL connection is established and you are redirected to the next page where you have to enter your name and address for the shipment. Then you’ll need to enter your credit card details so that it can be billed for your order, and check the data you entered. If everything is correct, you can click on “Submit” and wait for your order to show up at your doorstep!

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