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Erectile Dysfunction Medications

If you’re seeking effective solutions for erectile dysfunction, HTX Urology in Houston, TX, provides specialized care tailored to your needs. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can stem from various factors such as depression, medications, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hormonal imbalances, sexual fears, nicotine use, and vascular diseases. Understanding these potential causes is crucial in developing personalized treatment plans.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can be linked to a range of factors, including underlying health conditions and lifestyle choices. Whether it’s the side effects of medications, psychological factors like depression, or chronic conditions such as diabetes, our physicians at HTX Urology address the root causes to provide targeted solutions.

How Do Erectile Dysfunction Medications Work?

ED medications, including popular options like Viagra (Sildenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil), and Levitra (Vardenafil), work by increasing blood flow to the penis, facilitating and sustaining erections. These medications typically belong to a class known as PDE5 inhibitors, promoting relaxation of the blood vessels in the penis.

We provide you with the full spectrum of oral and injectable ED meds at a discounted price. Meds are shipped directly to your door, avoiding awkward trips to the pharmacist and time wasted on hold with insurance companies. Our oral medications are available in both on-demand tablets and troche forms, which are dissolvable in the mouth for quicker effect.

Oral Medications

Oral medications are often the first step in treating erectile dysfunction (ED). The two most popular medications are Sildenafil (Viagra) and Tadalafil (Cialis). These meds are typically effective in mild to moderate cases of ED. Unfortunately, conventional pharmacies often charge $40-70 per dose, making treatment unaffordable for most men.

Options For Oral Medications

Though different oral medications work in different ways, every medication has its own chemical makeup. It is these differences that can affect the working mechanism of these medicines, such as how quickly they affect and how fast they wear off. Before prescribing these medications, Dr. Dhir will take your interactions with other medicines as well as your health into consideration.

Let us take a look at some of the most common medications prescribed by Urologists and the differences between them:

  • Viagra or Sildenafil: This is a popular and effective medicine most prescribed for men suffering from mild to moderate erectile dysfunction. It is most effective when it is taken on an empty stomach around one hour before sex.
  • Cialis or Tadalafil: This medication can be taken any way- with or without food. Taken about one to two hours before sex, Cialis is effective for around 36 hours. It can be taken as a larger dose or in small doses daily, as per your individual prescription.
  • Vardenafil or Levitra or Staxyn: Most effective when taken around an hour before sex, this medication too can be taken both with and without food. It is effective for around four to five hours and even more if you suffer from mild to moderate erectile dysfunction. There is a newer form of this drug that has been released and dissolves right on the tongue and works faster than swallowing the pill.
  • Avanafil or Stendra: This ED medicine can also be taken with or without food, around 30 minutes before having sex. Depending upon its dosage, the effect of this medication can last for up to six hours.

Due to the similarities between these medications, Dr. Dhir often recommends a particular medication as per your individual preferences. This includes their ease of usage, cost, and the duration of their effects.

Injection Therapy

Injection therapy involves placing a small needle into the penile tissue 5 minutes prior to intercourse. The injection involves a compounded mixture of 3 to 4 medications, appropriately called Tri-Mix of Quad-Mix, that dilate the blood vessels to achieve a strong erection.

Results are immediate with intact sensation. Injection therapy is an alternative for men with moderate to severe ED who either do respond well to oral medication or have undesired side effects such as headaches or flushing. Injectable medications are compounded in a vial and are cheaper per dose than oral medications.

Which ED Medication Is Right For Me?

Choosing the right ED medication involves a personalized assessment of your health, lifestyle, and preferences. HTX Urology’s experienced specialists guide you through the selection process, ensuring that the prescribed medication aligns with your unique needs. All injection prescriptions will be scheduled for an in-office training session for proper use and dosage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How quickly do ED medications work?

Most ED medications start working within 30-60 minutes, but the onset can vary.

Are there potential side effects?

Side effects are possible and vary among individuals. Consult with our specialists to discuss your health history and any concerns. Common side effects include stuffy nose, lower back ache, and headache.

Can ED medications be taken with other medications?

It’s essential to inform our specialists of all medications you’re taking to prevent potential interactions. We tailor recommendations based on your health profile. Most ED medications can be taken alongside other commonly used medications.

Contact Our Office

For a comprehensive consultation regarding Erectile Dysfunction treatments in Houston, TX, book with HTX Urology today. Take the first step towards a fulfilling and satisfying sex life. Our Urologists are highly-skilled, board-certified physicians who specialize in Men’s Health.