Alternatives To Viagra: Everything You Need To Know

Viagra

Erectile Dysfunction is the primary reason for consuming Viagra. People can have erectile dysfunction due to prostate surgery. During prostate surgery, while the prostate is being removed there is inevitable damage to the nerves that are responsible for sending and receiving excitation signals to and from the brain. Once these nerves are damaged, the penis in no way can harden itself and the flow of blood to the walls of the penis via excitation is blocked too. These nerves are connected to the Central Nervous System (CNS). Any damage would lead to the inability to communicate with the Central Nervous System. 

There is a chemical in the body known as PDE-5. Its increased activity is part of the reason that a penis cannot be erected. Using medicines that inhibit the actions of the PDE-5 enzyme help in regaining erection generating capabilities.

For alleviating this erectile dysfunction issue, medical researchers have worked extensively hard to curate a medicine known as Viagra. The best part is that they have also succeeded in formulating a fair number of Viagra alternatives. Cialis and Levitra, also known as Tadalafil and Vardenafil are two such alternatives. When erectile dysfunction seems to bring hurdles in an individual’s sexual or love life, they turn to this form of medication to revive their erection generating capabilities. The functionality of these medicines is the same as Viagra’s. They basically react with the nitric oxide hovering in the body and this permits the smooth muscle walls of the penis to relax. Once relaxed, there is an increased flow of blood to the penis and an erection can be maintained for as long as the effects of the medicine are active. 

Cialis, also known as Tadalafil

Dosage:

Cialis is a very strong medicine which is why it is sold in low doses. The PDE-5 inhibitor is available in doses of 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg – it is sold in the form of a tablet. Doses are administered based on the actual reason for consumption. If you are recovering from the aftermath of a prostate surgery then 2.5 mg doses suffice in healing damaged nerves for increased blood flow. If you are a patient who is diagnosed with Benign Hyperplasia (BHP) then consuming 5 mg tablets helps to get rid of the condition. One thing to ensure is that the medicines are consumed at the same time every day. 

Be cautious with the dose you take as Cialis stays in the system for around 30 to 38 hours. 

Side effects:

Cialis although stronger, more effective and with a prolonged half-life, comes with the lowest of side effects. Issues such as loss of vision, dizziness, nausea, and headache will never appear. But its long-lasting effects within the body does lead to immense pain in the limbs and a highly undesirable condition known as Priapism. Priapism occurs due to prolonged erection. A patient who is experiencing priapism can burst a vein / nerve in their penis and this can lead to further damage to their genitals.

Drug Interactions:

When Cialis has been consumed you must refrain from letting alcohol enter your body. A couple of drinks is alright, but anything more than that can lead to seizures, abnormal blood pressure and random effects on the body.

Also, any medicine that has any amount of nitrate content must be avoided at all costs. Because PDE-5 inhibitors have nitric oxide and lower the blood pressure. Adding another medicine that further lowers the nitrate content in the body can lead to a drastic drop in blood pressure. This can lead to fatal heart strokes and heart abnormalities.

Even the drug interactions mentioned under Levitra must be considered as they come under the same class of medication – i.e – PDE-5 inhibitors.

Levitra, also known as Vardenafil

Dosage:

These tablets are prescribed in doses of 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg. The generic dosage amount is set as 10 mg, irrespective of the reason for the consumption and severity of the situation. Once a person has understood how their body reacts to Levitra, they can begin to try plus-minus 5 mg doses and judge what suits their body via analyzing its effectiveness and side effects. Expect to feel the effects of Levitra to last for 4 to 6 hours, just like Viagra would. 

Side effects:

Viagra leads to a lower blood supply to the nerves of the eye and this causes a loss of vision accompanied by headaches and dizziness. Levitra, on the other hand, causes no loss of vision but does lead to headaches and dizziness. Stomach issues leading to diarrhea and indigestion can arise along with transient nasal and chest congestion.

Drug Interactions:

Make sure that no blood pressure-related medication is consumed. These medicines are calcium and alpha channel blockers. Mixing them with Levitra leads to heart strokes and possible death. There are a majority of people who suffer from Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). They are usually prescribed with medication that releases their muscle walls and clears the clogged arteries. Combining the blood pressure reducing effects of PAH medication with Levitra leads to overworking the blood vessels. Some PAH medication is Modafinil and Armodafinil.

Avoid any drugs that come under antifungal medications such as Sporanox and Onmel. Also, never mix two Viagra alternatives together as it would prove to be too strong and portray undesirable effects.

Even the drug interactions mentioned under Levitra. Must be considered as they come under the same class of medication – i.e – PDE-5 inhibitors.

More Viagra Alternatives

Here are some more Viagra alternatives that can help revive an individual’s erection-maintaining capabilities. 

  • Oral medication – Avanafil, also known as Stendra. It must be taken 15 to 30 minutes before indulging in sexual activity.
  • Non-oral medication – Urethral suppository. A special device can help place tiny alprostadil suppositories in the penile urethra that stimulates an erection for up to 60 minutes.
  • Non-oral medication – Testosterone replacement. If the erectile dysfunction issue persists due to low levels of testosterone. Then the doctor can administer testosterone via patches, orally or via an injection
  • Other medical treatments – Ginseng. Red ginseng, when made into a cream and applied on the penis, can help in premature ejaculation.
  • Other medical treatments – L-arginine. This is an amino acid that makes proteins by taking the role of nitric oxide in the body. This amino acid promotes relaxation amongst blood vessels so that oxygen-rich blood can circulate through the arteries and bring about an erection.
  • Other medical treatments – DHEA, also known as Dehydroepiandrosterone, helps to increase libido amongst females and advocates better blood supply to the penis of men who suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Considering lifestyle changes such as a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index). Refraining from tobacco and alcohol while working around a health-focused schedule are also good Viagra alternatives. Some people do not prefer to take medication due to financial constraints and some do not like medication due to the side effects that arise. This is not the end of the road for them, they can also consider surgery or living a healthier lifestyle. None know when, but at some point in their lives. They may see a glimmer of hope with respect to their sex lives.