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It can be embarrassing to discuss sexual matters with your doctor. Yet a doctor’s appointment is neccessary if you want to get treatment for ED. Here’s how to prepare for your doctor visit. .
The production of testosterone and other hormones naturally decreases with age, and this can disrupt erections. Also, in rare instances, kidney failure and liver disease may throw off the balance of hormones necessary for proper erection and intercourse. In most cases, testosterone replacement therapy can bring levels of the hormone back to normal.
Overall, the drug was well tolerated, with the most common adverse event being headache, and fewer than 2% of patients discontinued due to an adverse event. There were no serious adverse events, Mulhall added.
Metabolism (breakdown) of vardenafil can be slowed by aging, liver disease, and concurrent use of certain medications (such as erythromycin [an antibiotic], ketoconazole [Nizoral, a medication for fungal/yeast infections], and protease inhibitors [medications used to treat AIDS]). Slowed breakdown allows vardenafil to accumulate in the body and potentially increases the risk for side effects. Therefore, in men over 65 years of age with liver disease, or who are also taking medication(s) that can slow the breakdown of vardenafil, the doctor will initiate vardenafil at low doses to avoid its accumulation. For example, men taking erythromycin or ketoconazole should not take more than 5 mg of vardenafil in 24 hours; men taking high doses of ketoconazole (Nizoral) should not take more than 2.5 mg of vardenafil in 24 hours; men with moderately severe liver disease also should not take more than a 5 mg dose of vardenafil within 24 hours; men taking the protease inhibitor (for the treatment of HIV/AIDS) indinavir (Crixivan) should not take more than 2.5 mg of vardenafil in 24 hours; and men taking another protease inhibitor ritonavir (Norvir), erythromycin, or ketoconazole, should not take more than 2.5 mg of vardenafil every 72 hours.
Dr. Honig is an internationally recognized speaker on issues related to sexual health and conducts research into experimental treatments of erectile dysfunction. Our researchers are studying the links between erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, happens when you can't get or keep an erection of the penis that's adequate for the sexual satisfaction of both partners. While almost all adult males have ED once in a while, as many as 30 million American men have it regularly. Nearly all men who seek treatment for ED find some relief.
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Causes and risk factors for erectile dysfunction are as follows:How does exercising help in erectile dysfunction?Kegel ExercisesActivating Pelvic Floor MusclesSitting pelvic floor activationPilates exercisesKnee falloutsSupine foot raisesPelvic curl
Limit the intake of added salt, fat, and sugar which will help to reduce the risk of having erectile dysfunction. Increase the intake of dietary fiber, vitamin E, and lycopene-rich foods such as avocados, tomatoes, etc.
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Various drugs have been found to be capable of stimulating erections when injected into the erectile tissue of the penis (the corpora). No single agent is guaranteed to be effective in all cases. However, Papaverine is widely used and accepted. Another drug which is becoming more widely used is Prostaglandin E1 (also known as Caverject). We recommend Trimix(which is a triple medication therapy including Papaverine, prostaglandin E1 and phenotolamine).
Consultation with the doctor will help you determine whether you can safely take ED medications.
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ED is potentially a treatable medical condition and is not related to masculinity or sexual prowess. The medical and surgical treatment of erectile dysfunction a review and update Restorative therapies for erectile dysfunction: Position statement from the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) Technological advancements for treating erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease
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Once the treatment is complete, you will be able to return home. You should be able to safely drive yourself home. If you experience pain, your doctor will recommend over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief. Most people can return to normal activity the following day after shockwave therapy, but your urologist will discuss whether you should restrict your activity for longer to recover. Shockwave Therapy Risks You may experience some side effects, but they are rare and generally mild. These may include: pain at the site during the procedure, bleeding or bruising on and around the penis, blood in the urine, skin infection on the penis, painful erection, or penile curvature that worsens.