Precautions for erectile dysfunction treatment

doctor consultationThere is a reason why all four of the mostly common treatments for erectile dysfunction (Viagra/sildenafil, Cialis, Levitra and Spedra) require a prescription. It is the same reason why none of them are authorised or recommended for recreational use. There are certain precautions one must take when employing these medicines and only a doctor or specialist pharmacist can provide you with all of the necessary information. Everyone is different and what works for you may not work for someone else.

It is important to receive a comprehensive expert evaluation before beginning any kind of treatment for ED. In addition to evaluating your general health and prescribing the appropriate medication for your condition, your doctor can advise you of important precautions and recommendations including the following.

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Plan accordingly

None of the current medications used to treat ED have instant results. You are not going to get an erection a minute after taking a tablet. The time between taking the medication and seeing its effects varies according to the drug. For example, sildenafil requires about an hour whilst Cialis needs 30 minutes before you start seeing the effects. Also, keep in mind that these medications are not a replacement for sexual stimulation. Arousal is still required to achieve an erection.

A proper meal

What we eat directly affects the functioning of our circulatory system. So, whilst most erectile dysfunction medication can be taken on an empty stomach if they are taken after a meal that was high in fat (such as a meat pie or fried foods) they may take a bit longer to take effect. A healthy diet is always a good thing, and if you are taking medication for erectile dysfunction, eating well is important.

Drug interaction

If you are seeing a physician for a different medical condition, always disclose that you are taking drugs for erectile dysfunction. This is in order to properly determine how the medications may interact with other prescription medication or treatment and avoid any adverse effects.

You should also strictly avoid nitrate based recreational drugs such as “poppers” when taking medication for ED. Combining these substances puts you at risk of myocardial infraction, or heart attack.

Let it flow

Erectile dysfunction is closely linked to blood circulation. Taking care of your heart and blood vessels is crucial to getting the most out of your treatment. Avoid smoking and engage in regular exercise.


When taking erectile dysfunction medication your erection should fade right after sex. In a very small number of cases, however, the use of ED medication can lead to a painful erection that lasts for a period longer than 4 hours. If you experience this, it is important to seek medical attention immediately as Priapism is considered a medical emergency. This kind of prolonged erection can result in damage to the penile tissue and permanent loss of potency.

By prescription only

Erectile dysfunction is a serious and very frustrating medical condition. It can be difficult to talk about even with your GP. Due to this frustration you may feel tempted to take ED medication without a prescription, or to increase or decrease your assigned dosage without the supervision of a doctor. It is important not to cave in to the frustration and to continue to follow professional instructions. If you would like to explore treatment options or change your recommended dosage do consult a medical expert.

By following these precautions and recommendations as well as any others dictated by your prescribing doctor, you can continue on your way to a satisfying sex life without putting yourself at risk.