What Are erectile dysfunction Medications?
The two primary classes of erectile dysfunction (ED) medications are PDE5 inhibitors and phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. The different PDE5 inhibitors, while they work in a similar way, may be more or less effective for some patients.
Some of the PDE5 inhibitors available include:
Viagra and Cialis, the most popular PDE5 inhibitors, are available in different doses. Taking a higher dose of Viagra or Cialis does not necessarily mean that you will have better results. Speak to your doctor about the right dosage for you.
PDE5 inhibitors are generally taken 30 to 60 minutes before sexual activity. The effects of PDE5 inhibitors typically last for 4 to 6 hours. However, the timing of the dose and the time of sexual activity for PDE5 inhibitors can vary greatly depending on the medicine.
The main thing to remember with PDE5 inhibitors is to take the medication as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of the medication or take it more often than prescribed.
How Do PDE5 inhibitors Work?
PDE5 inhibitors work by inhibiting an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type 5. This enzyme breaks down cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), which is a chemical that relaxes muscles. When PDE5 is inhibited, the levels of cGMP are higher, which improves blood flow to the penis during sexual stimulation.
PDE5 inhibitors are not the same as erectile dysfunction injections. Erectile dysfunction injections are injected directly into the penis to help achieve an erection, whereas PDE5 inhibitors are taken orally.
Side Effects of PDE5 inhibitors
PDE5 inhibitors are generally safe. However, as with any medication, there are some risks associated with PDE5 inhibitors