Prescription oral medications can be used for ED. They often work well. But, like all medications, they can have side effects. Also, they can’t be used if a man has certain health problems or takes certain other medications. Talk with your doctor about oral ED medication. Ask whether it is right for you.
Types of Oral ED Medications
There are three types of prescription oral ED medications. Each one increases blood flow to the penis. When the penis is stimulated, an erection results. The three types are:
- Sildenafil citrate (Viagra)
- Tadalafil (Cialis)
- Vardenafil HCl (Levitra)
What Oral ED Medications Don’t Do
There are some things ED medications can’t do.
- They don’t cure the cause of your ED. Without the medication, you’ll still have trouble getting an erection.
- They can’t produce an erection without sexual stimulation.
- They won’t increase sexual desire. They also won’t solve any other sexual issues. Psychological, emotional, or relationship issues will not be fixed.
Taking Oral ED Medications Safely
- Do not combine ED medications with other treatments unless your doctor tells you to.
- Don’t take ED medications more often or in larger doses than prescribed.
- Tell your doctor your health history. Mention all medications you take. This includes over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and herbs.
- Ask your doctor about whether you can drink alcohol while taking ED medication.
Possible Side Effects of Oral ED Medications
- Facial flushing
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Distortion of your color vision for a short time
- Sudden vision loss or hearing loss (rare)
Risks of Oral ED Medications