The appearance on the market of Viagra (Sildenafil) was a wonderful step forward for men with erectile dysfunction. It was the first in a family of medication called the PDEF5 inhibitors, of which there are now four sold in Australia. It has been joined by Tadalafil (Cialis), Avanafil (Stendra), and Vardenafil (Levitra).

Millions of men worldwide use these medications successfully, but some men try them once or twice, don’t get the response that they had hoped for then give up.

5 Top Tips for Success:

  • Take the medication ½ hour before food. If you take it after eating it will take a lot longer to reach an effective level in your bloodstream.

 

  • Make sure that you are in a relaxed state of mind. For the medication to work you must be sexually aroused. Take plenty of time to enjoy all of the pleasures that you and your partner can share before thinking about intercourse. The medications vary in how quickly they work. Avanafil (Stendra) is the quickest at 15 minutes and Tadalafil (Cialis) the slowest.

 

  • Try a higher dose next time. Your doctor will usually suggest a low starting dose but many men require a higher dose.

 

  • Switch to another medication from the same family as sometimes one works better than another.

 

  • See your GP to make sure that any other health conditions you may have are being managed and to check if you are on any medication that might have sexual side effects.

 

These medications won’t be effective for every man with Erectile Dysfunction, but there are other options available and it’s also possible to have an enjoyable sex life without a firm erection.

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