There are far fewer shadows under which myths about both erectile dysfunction and the ways to treat it can hide ever since the release of the first ED oral medication in 1998.
In a post-Viagra world where any man who is having issues in bed can order sildenafil online safely and discreetly, take it as required and have a good knowledge of its effects and how it practically treats ED.
However, given that myths about ED have persisted since time immemorial, there have unfortunately been several common stories and urban legends that have persisted about ED and PDE5 inhibitors for nearly two decades.
Here are some common myths about ED medication and the truth behind them.
ED Medication Does Not Cause Priapism
Painfully extended erections, also known as priapism, is a potentially dangerous condition where the penis stays erect for an exceptionally long time and is most commonly associated with sickle cell anaemia, leukaemia and the use of certain cancer medication.
It has been in the past associated with ED medications, most commonly either through advertising or comedy series where it was used as a punchline, but is simply not the case with modern PDE5 inhibitor medication.
Whilst early injectable ED drugs such as papaverine could induce priapism in large doses, PDE5 inhibitors require arousal to actually work and so will not induce any erection unless the user is aroused, and will stop when they stop.
ED Medication Is Not Addictive
One worry people have when they take sildenafil or tadalafil is that they will effectively need it forever to avoid further ED issues or become addicted to it.
This is not the case, and in fact, for certain causes of ED a short dose of medication can reduce the psychological barriers that can cause ED and remove the need for it. As with all medication, including caffeine, it is important to be mindful of your relationship with it if you are concerned.
ED Medication Does Not Affect Your Sex Drive
This is a case where correlation is confused with causation. PDE5 inhibitors only affect the physical aspects of producing erections and require sexual stimulation to otherwise activate.
Whilst knowing that you can have a strong erection whenever you have sex might mean you have more sex, this is not an effect caused by the medication itself.
ED Medication Takes Time To Work
Whilst some injectable ED drugs worked immediately, most ED tablets take some time to activate, which means they should be taken at least half an hour before intercourse to ensure its full effect.
Some ED medicines, such as tadalafil (Cialis) can be taken in small doses every day so they work immediately, although it is best to consult with your doctor when choosing either the as-needed dose or daily dosage.
ED Medication Is Not Bad For Your Heart
One common myth that manages to expand itself from a small nugget of truth is the idea that Viagra and other ED medication can cause heart problems, which is not the case to the point that sildenafil is sometimes prescribed for certain types of angina and was developed for that purpose.
Where the myth comes from is that PDE5 inhibitors dilate blood vessels in a way that can affect certain types of heart medications such as nitrates. As such, pharmacists and doctors will review your medical history and current medications to ensure you do not have any side effects.