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Overcoming impotence in men has long been associated with a single drug: Viagra. More than 30 million men over the age of 20 are affected by erectile dysfunction (ED), and still only one form of medication has dominated the market since its introduction in 1998. 

Yet in spite of this fame, Viagra remains costly and there has been a demand for cheaper alternatives. In 2017, Pzifer (the titan behind the drug) relented and launched a drug that boasted exactly the same results, but at a fraction of the cost.

However, neither of these solutions represents the entirety of the market. In reality, there are significantly more options available. This guide outlines each of them.

How does Viagra work?

An erection occurs when the nerves in your penis are stimulated. This causes the muscles around two cylinder-shaped chambers along your penis – the corpus cavernosa – to allow the blood to flow in. ED occurs when the nerves prevent the blood from flowing into the corpus cavernosa.

Viagra (or sildenafil) combats this by relaxing the blood vessels and directing blood flow to the penis. This is proven to produce an erection sufficient for intercourse in about 70% of men. It typically lasts up to 4 hours and takes approximately 30 minutes to take effect, although this is dependent on your body’s metabolism and a number of external factors.

These external factors include:

Age – Due to your metabolism slowing down as you get older, the effects of ED medication last for a longer period when you are aged 65 or older.

Diet – Alcohol decreases blood flow to your penis, making the drug less effective. In contrast, large meals or high-fat foods slow down your metabolism, potentially prolonging the effects.

Dosage – While higher dosages (over 100mg) may not be as safe, the effects will understandably last longer than the smallest available dose of 25mg.

Health – Pre-existing conditions like diabetes, MS, or atherosclerosis can limit the effects of ED medication. Likewise, mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, or severe stress can impact ED medication’s success.

What medicinal alternatives offer the same benefits as Viagra?

Taking sildenafil is not the only way to increase blood flow to the penis. Another medication you could try is avanafil (or Stendra), which remains in your system for up to 12 hours.

If the drug’s influence on your blood flow is off-putting, you could try Levitra. Levitra reduces the action of the natural chemical in your body that prevents erections. It can last up to 5 hours and also comes in a fast-dissolving form called Staxyn. This is placed under your tongue and provides the same effect.

Another option is Cialis. Cialis is one of the most popular forms of ED medication because it can be taken every day. For many men, this can mark a return to their regular sex life, as they can now effectively produce an erection on demand. Cialis is designed for healthy men that have experienced very minimal side effects to ED medication.

If you take medication for blood pressure or you drink excessive amounts of alcohol, you may be better suited to more traditional solutions like Viagra. These are for less spontaneous occasions and will have a smaller impact on your overall health if used correctly.

What natural solutions are there for erectile dysfunction?

ED is often a warning sign for underlying cardiovascular disease. In fact, 30% of men who see their doctors about ED will go on to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. It is also a sign of other health conditions associated with aging. That is why improving your health naturally is a must for those hoping to regain control of their love life.

This does not have to be anything extreme. Just by walking 30 minutes a day, you can reduce your risk of ED by 41%.

Likewise, a man with a 42-inch waist is 50% more likely to have ED than a man with a 32-inch waist. Why? Because despite the general health implications of obesity, excess fat also interferes with hormones that could be harming your sex drive. So, try substituting a few unhealthy meals for more natural dishes including vegetables, fish and wholegrain foods – you will decrease the likelihood of ED and lose some excess weight at the same time.

Lastly, pelvic-floor exercises enhance rigidity during erections. In a British trial, three months of twice-daily sets of Kegel exercises demonstrated much more favorable results than small lifestyle choices in reducing ED symptoms. Of course, the success of this relies on a reduction in body weight, alcohol consumption and smoking too.

Where Medix comes in

While improving your health may increase the likelihood of achieving and sustaining an erection, that is not to say that you will meet the demands of your previous sexual routine. And it is for this reason that medication is often sought: to support you in maintaining a consistent and spontaneous sex life.

Furthermore, we understand that purchasing drugs at a physical pharmacy can be uncomfortable. Erection problems can be devastating, which is why our pharmacists will provide a consultation over the phone and deliver the medication you need in a discreet manner, right to your door.

If you would like support in choosing erectile dysfunction medication that meets your exact needs, please speak to a member of the team today. All medications mentioned in this guide are available on our site, and our pharmacists are more than happy to help you compare between them.