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Don’t Give Up on Treating ED If Viagra Doesn’t Help

Viagra has been the answer to the prayers of millions of impotent men, but it doesn’t work for everyone. And if it doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of alternative options for you to consider in treating your symptoms of ED.

It is disheartening to hear about impotent men who’ve tried Viagra or another erectile dysfunction drug without success and then resign themselves to a life without sexual fulfillment.

Unless they’re content to live without sex, they need to persist, because if one drug doesn’t work, it’s entirely possible that another one will. Beyond that, lifestyle modification can help to alleviate ED symptoms, making it more likely that these drugs will be effective.

Other Treatments Are Available

And even if they’ve tried all of the PDE5 inhibitors without success, there are still other treatments available to them.

Viagra and the other drugs known as PDE5 inhibitors all act in much the same way, but each has its own unique chemical formulation. So if you take Viagra at the doctor’s recommended starting dose of 50 mg and get no results, you might want to try increasing the dose to 100 mg. If that still doesn’t work, ask your doctor to prescribe another ED medication.

If your doctor prescribed Viagra for you, let’s assume for now that he’s fairly certain your erectile problems stem from insufficient blood flow to the penis, because that’s what Viagra and the other PDE5 inhibitors are designed to treat.

Tackling Psychological ED

However, if your problem is of psychological origin, you should consult a psychologist or psychiatrist who can help you identify the underlying issues that are causing your impotence. Depression and anxiety are often the culprits. Popping an antidepressant, however, could exacerbate the problem as many drugs in this category can make it more difficult to get an erection. Your doctor can help you find one that has fewer, if any, such side effects.

If your problem is definitely vascular in origin, you can take steps to make the medications more effective by making some erection-friendly changes in your day-to-day lifestyle. Eat a healthy diet, steering clear of fast food. Exercise regularly. Lose those extra pounds. Stop smoking, and cut down on your alcohol consumption.

Managing Underlying Conditions

For diabetic males, who are at a significantly higher risk of ED than the general population, working with your doctor to keep your glucose levels under control could help. And for men who are suffering from the early stages of cardiovascular disease, some of the lifestyle changes listed above can help to reduce your symptoms and thus make it more likely that ED drugs will work for you.

Even if all the foregoing suggestions fail to help, there’s still no reason to give up hope. Alternative treatments for ED are available, and researchers continue to look for even better ways to treat male impotence.

Penile Injection Therapy

Many men who don’t find relief from PDE5 inhibitors resort to penile injection therapy. Though it might seem a bit daunting to the uninitiated, regular users insist that it’s not really that painful. The therapy involves the injection of a vasodilating drug — often alprostadil — into the shaft of the penis. Within minutes, blood flow to the penis increases, making it easier to get and keep an erection.

Other treatments include vacuum constriction devices and penile prostheses. The latter involves surgery to place an implant within the penis that can be either maneuvered into place or inflated/deflated on demand through a surgically implanted pump.

Ordering ED Drugs Online

If Viagra or another of the PDE5 inhibitors successfully treats your ED symptoms, you might save time and money by ordering the drugs from eDrugstore.com, a longtime medical facilitator. This is because prices at eDrugstore cover not just the drugs you order but a number of added-value services as well. These include free shipping and handling.

Perhaps the most popular service of all is eDrugstore’s complimentary online consultation service, which sets up a telemedicine session between you and a physician licensed to practice in your state. If the doctor finds that you’re an appropriate candidate for an ED drug, a prescription will be issued. To learn more, visit eDrugstore’s Erectile Dysfunction page.

Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+