Medications and Therapies for Erectile Dysfunction


Take an ED Drug

Viagra and similar drugs can help men maintain erections for several hours at a time. They work by enhancing the effect of nitric oxide, which the body produces naturally to relax and increase blood flow to the penis. If you’re interested in taking a drug specifically geared toward treating ED, talk with your doctor about getting a prescription.

  • It is important to treat the underlying problem that might be causing ED, rather than relying on medication alone to deal with the issue.
  • ED medications might not work, or might be dangerous to take, if you are taking certain other medications or have had a stroke or heart disease.

Look into Testosterone Replacement Therapy

If your doctor determines that your ED is being caused by low levels of testosterone, then testosterone replacement therapy may be the right solution for you. Talk with your doctor about starting a program.

Consider Injections or Suppositories

If you’d prefer not to take medication, it is possible use either an injection or suppository to administer alprostadil into the penis just before you want to have an erection. Side effects can include pain and the accumulation of fibrous tissue in the penis.

Consider Implants

Either inflatable or semi-rigid implants are placed in the penis, enabling you to have greater control over erections. Since implants can cause infections, doctors usually advise against them unless all the other methods have failed.

Try a Penis Pump

This device is a hollow tube with a hand pump. The tube is placed on the penis and the pump is used to create an erection. A ring is placed a the base of the penis to keep the blood from flowing out. If you’re interested in trying a pump, talk with your doctor about which model is right for your needs.


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