Lakeshore Urology

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Oral Medications for Erectile Dysfunction

All oral medications for Erectile Dysfunction are of a class known as phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. During sexual stimulation, the PDE5 inhibitors enhance the mechanism which increases blood flow to the penis providing an erection.

These medications cannot be used if you take nitrates for chest pain.  Most common side effects are: Headache;stuffy nose; warmth or redness in your chest, face or neck; upset stomach; diarrhea.

Seek immediate medical attention if you develop:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face, lips or tongue
  • Hives
  • An erection lasting more than four hours (this can cause permanent penis damage)
  • Hearing or vision changes
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling in the ankles, feet or hands
  • Lightheadedness

The above list of side effects is not complete and others may occur.  To see a complete list, follow the link to the appropriate manufacturer's site below. Side effects may be reported to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Viagra (sildenafil)

The original oral ED medication approved by the FDA.  Available in 50mg and 100mg strengths, these are taken about an hour prior to wanting an erection.

(Viagra manufacturer's website)
Cialis (tadalafil)

Cialis is made in several strengths and taken different ways.

Cialis 10mg and 20mg are taken as needed when an erection is desired in the next hour.

Cialis 2.5mg and 5mg are taken daily and work for some to increase the chance of spontaneous functional erections.  The 5mg daily dose is also being used to treat men with symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) and Erectile Dysfunction.

(Cialis manufacturer's website)

Levitra (vardenafil)

Levitra is another PDE5 inhibitor on the market. It comes in 10mg and 20mg strengths.

(Levitra manufacturer's website)
Staxyn (vardenafil)

A unique formulation of vardenafil, this tablet is melted on the tongue, not swallowed.  It removes the need for taking the medication on an empty stomach allowing for more spontaneity.

(Staxyn manufacturer's website)