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PDE-5 Inhibitors for Erection Problems

If you are suffering from impotence, there are a number of different treatment options available to you. You can read about the various options here, but by far the most popular variety of treatment for impotence is the use of PDE-5 inhibitors. These are oral forms of prescription medication that are highly successful and convenient to use. The three brand names of PDE-5 inhibitors are Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. These contain different active ingredients and are available in different dosages and forms, but physiologically they all work in the same way to treat impotence.

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Why choose PDE-5 inhibitors?

Until PDE-5 inhibitors were developed, the only options in terms of impotence treatment were counselling or surgery. The former is not effective for impotence caused by physical factors, and the latter can be expensive and high risk. Though a variety of so-called "sexual aids" are available, whether or not they are genuinely effective is disputed.

PDE-5 inhibitors are clinically proven to be effective while also having a comparatively low risk of side effects. In addition, they are easy to take; while surgery requires recovery time and counselling can take weeks or even months, PDE-5 inhibitors can be taken as little as 20 minutes before sex.

Types of PDE-5 inhibitors

viagra tablet Viagra is the most well known PDE-5 inhibitor, having been launched in 1998. It contains the active ingredient sildenafil. It is the only PDE-5 inhibitor to be available in one form, which is a single tablet to be swallowed whole with water half an hour before sex.
levitra tablet Levitra was launched in 2003 and is the only type of PDE-5 inhibitor to have a dissolvable option, which is called Levitra Orodispersible. Both this and the standard Levitra tablet are particularly suitable for older men or those who have underlying health conditions because it is available at a comparatively low dosage. Levitra contains vardenafil as its active ingredient.
cialis tablet Cialis is the most recently launched prescription medication that is available either as a daily tablet or a tablet to be taken on an as-needed basis. It is the longest-lasting PDE-5 inhibitor, containing tadalafil, with the as-needed tablet lasting for up to 36 hours.
Why use PDE-5 inhibitors Why not use PDE-5 inhibitors
Convenience If taking other medications
Low risk If suffering from certain health conditions
Effective irrespective of cause of impotence Some require you to plan ahead, reducing spontaneity
Easy to take
Clinically proven efficacy

When PDE-5 inhibitors may not be suitable

Though this type of medication is very safe, it is important to be aware that PDE-5 inhibitors will not be suitable for everyone. For example, if you are taking particular medications, such as nitrates, the combination of the two could cause severe side effects and as such you would not be prescribed Viagra, Levitra or Cialis. Certain health conditions may also be affected by these medications. This is why it is important to discuss your options with a doctor, either face-to-face or using an online service like euroClinix, in order to determine your suitability for any particular medication.

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