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Erection Pills: Best Treatment For Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

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Last updated Fact Checked: Feb 5, 2022

Is Viagra Connect the best treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED)?  Let us look at the top sexual pills, drugs, medications, and products that work? Sildenafil, Cialis, or other supplements?

It seems as though more men than ever before are being diagnosed with Erectile dysfunction. Maybe that is the case, or maybe it’s just that more episodes of sexual dysfunction are being reported. In America alone, it is said that 30 million men are suffering from this issue.1

The prevailing thought amongst most guys is that they think the older they get the more they will lose their sex drive and sexual function. Impotence and age specifically are not tied together. But, as you get older, your body would have undergone many impeachments such as smoking, drinking alcohol, eating junk food, gaining weight, and other medical conditions.2 The problem of getting an erection undoubtedly will become harder (excuse the pun) as you hit the 40-year mark; Due to the increased instances of high blood pressure, low testosterone level, heart disease, and even low blood pressure.3

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Erectile Dysfunction

It used to be known as impotence, but that seems like a much worse term than erectile dysfunction. Doctors tend to abbreviate it to ED, and it is defined as the inability to obtain and maintain an erection for a long enough time to complete your sexual activity with satisfactory sexual performance.4

Here’s The Thing:

There is nothing more embarrassing about not being able to get an erection even with sexual stimulation. Many of us have been there, and it happens to all of us at some point. But, if the problem persists, you should make an appointment with your doctor as there could be an underlying, more serious issue at hand which is causing the problem.5

Don’t suffer in silence!

A problem shared is a problem halved, so feel free to discuss it with your wife or partner because the chances are they would have noticed by now anyway but are too afraid to raise the issue as they feel it may insult your masculinity.

If you do decide to visit your doctor, you will be asked a series of questions; maybe the doctor will conduct a few tests to see why you are having an erection problem. The doctor will then prescribe your ED treatment.

But:

You’re probably not planning on visiting the doctor anytime soon.6

So, the good news is that there are natural oral medications available over-the-counter and online which are both safe and efficient. They contain only natural ingredients and therefore have no negative side-effects attached and even doctors have endorsed them for sexual health.7

We will go through a few of the best oral medication that works at the end of this article if you so wish to take that route, rather than taking dangerous medications that carry many side effects. Also, if you do visit the doctor, it will be recorded in your medical records forever that you have erectile function problems.8

Who the heck wants that on their records?

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Read The Following Five Tips And Vital Information Before Taking Any Prescription Male ED Medication

1. Sexual medicine is Not A Cure

Pills for Erectile dysfunction do provide results but they will be temporary.9 You will be required to take one pill of Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis daily (depending on what the doctor prescribes to you) roughly an hour before you plan to have sexual intercourse.10

Once you have taken it, you wait for the ingredients to be absorbed into your bloodstream and you will be able to get an erection with ease.

The main three prescription ED pills are Viagra (sildenafil citrate), Levitra (vardenafil hydrochloride), and Cialis (tadalafil). These are the ones most likely prescribed to you by your doctor.

These ED drugs work by dilating your blood vessel so blood flows through them more easily.11 Restricted arteries and clogged arteries due to atherosclerosis are the leading causes of impotence.12

After some time when the effects of the drugs have worn off, you will be back to square one, unable to get an erection. You will become reliant upon the ED pill because without them it will be impossible for your penis to function properly.

You need to understand that it is just a temporary fix, these pills will not cure your erectile dysfunction but will only allow you to get an erection for a limited period.

2. Too Many Ifs And Buts

Most people do not understand the nature of ED pills and believe that they can pop them at their leisure to get the results they need. This is far from the truth.

Guys even go as far as to think that Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis can be used as libido boosters. Such ridiculous claims can impede one’s health if not taken with caution and with the official recommendation from your doctor.13

DO NOT Take PRESCRIPTION ED medication If:

1. You have no prescription for them. Medications of such nature are not available without a prescription. The doctor has to take into account your circumstances and health before he or she can issue you an RX prescription. The doctor knows best as to why it will not be suitable for some and why it would be appropriate for others.

2. If you suffer from physical disorders and health complications such as heart, liver, or kidney problems14 then ED medication could cause priapism amongst other problems. Any allergies to the active ingredients you may have will also cause more harm than good.

3. If you are already taking other prescription drugs that contain nitrates, then this will cause adverse side effects and you shouldn’t take prescription medicines.15

4. If you have previously consumed your dosage within 24 hours, you definitely shouldn’t take any more until the 24 hour period has elapsed.16

5. Do not take prescription ED medication after eating fatty meals or consuming alcohol.17 They won’t be as effective and may even cause serious adverse effects. I know what you’re thinking, isn’t that exactly what you eat and drink on a date!

Exactly my point!

It is better to take HERBAL supplements rather than prescription ones as they do not come with all of these restrictions and they do not interact as violently with other substances. There is also no harm in taking another dosage within 24 hours. The benefits of herbal pills such as VigRX Plus, Male Extra, and ProSolution Pills are far greater.18

3. Dangerous Chemicals

The manufacturers of Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis state that the half-life of the active ingredient is quite short and will be eliminated from the body within 24 hours of consumption.19

Even so, there will always be a small amount that will remain in bodily tissues every time you take a pill, so imagine the cumulative effect after years of taking Viagra!

Pharmaceutical pills, for this reason, may cause catastrophic consequences over time. Just think, nobody thought cigarettes would be so bad when they were first introduced. There is not enough concrete information from studies over five, 10, or 20 years, so who knows what effects they may cause in the long run.

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4. They Don’t Work For Anyone And Everyone

Another common misconception is that guys think that medication will inevitably work for everyone. That is why the number of recreational users has increased dramatically. Well, when prescription ED pills were first introduced, the initial clinical trials showed that Viagra worked for 78% of men whereas Levitra and Cialis worked for 85% of men.20

That shows us that there is a possible 15 to 22% chance of them not working for some. Maybe you are part of that small percentage.

That’s probably making you think you should switch to Cialis or Levitra, am I right? That won’t work because all three work on the same drug pathway so if one of them doesn’t work neither will the other two.

5. They Are Very Expensive

Insurance does not cover erectile dysfunction medication.

You will have to pay out-of-pocket.

The least amount you will be expected to pay per pill is about $15, don’t forget about the doctor’s visit, examination, and prescription fees. This can add up to a substantial amount if you require frequent use. Again, to reiterate they do not cure your problem, they just provide a temporary solution.

Final Thoughts?

Branded prescription meds are big business in the pharmaceutical industry. That’s why they don’t cure the problem; they want you as a repeat customer so they can bank hard off of you and your hard-earned cash.

Annual revenues for Viagra alone are over $1 billion; generic pills will cost a lot cheaper and if you do manage to buy them illegally, then who knows what health risks they pose.21 Better to visit Rite Aid or GNC and get something containing a natural ingredient.

What’s The Best Option?

It is better to opt for an herbal solution, which will provide more of a long-term fix rather than a short-term one. It is much safer to take herbal supplements like Volume Pills as they have no dangerous side effects and over time, after regular consumption you will be able to get an erection all the time and save money in the process, not forgetting the health benefits.

Doctors endorsed the following natural male ED treatment and they are proven by clinical studies to be effective for everyone.

Sources

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Shahrokh Shariat, MD

Prof. Shariat has published over 1400 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. In 2014 he received the Matula Award from the European Society of Urology (EAU), in 2017 the Gold Cystoscope Award from the American Society of Urology, probably the most important urologist award worldwide.

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