Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a common problem affecting nearly 30 million men in the United States alone. As a result of this common issue, many pharmaceutical companies have looked to profit from ED by creating oral medical treatments, including Viagra, Cialis, and Blue Chew. While these pills do provide assistance for some men, they also can have unintended consequences. As an experienced urologist with more than two decades of experience in urological services, the offices of Happy Urology have some tips for avoiding the risks and problems that can accompany the use of ED medications.
ED medication works by increasing the levels of nitric oxide in your blood. Nitric oxide expands the blood vessels in the body, which for some men allows them to maintain an erection. Like any medication, however, it can also provide some unintended results.
Common side effects of the increase in nitric oxide are headaches brought about by enlarged blood vessels in the head, body aches and pains, digestive issues including indigestion and diarrhea, dizziness, changes in vision, flushed skin, and congested sinuses or a runny nose. Luckily, none of these side effects could be considered life-threatening; however, as we will discuss, side effects can be avoided entirely by using other solutions.
ED medication can cause severe life-threatening side effects in some users. These side effects include priapism which are erections lasting longer than four hours, sudden changes in hearing, and loss of vision. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical assistance right away.
Side effects can be even more dangerous if a patient has had a heart attack or stroke. Doctors typically do not prescribe these medications to those with past cardiac issues.
A relative newcomer to the ED market, Blue Chew has gained popularity as a male performance-enhancing drug. This drug has yet to be FDA approved, although the active ingredients in the medication are. Issues with products like Blue Chew is that they offer discreet online consultations that may not accurately assess all possible risks of the medication.
As stated above, medication does work well for some patients, which is why Dr. Gheiler performs careful consultations to ensure which is the right option for you. Medication can be a costly long-term expense, with potential side effects and inconsistent results. Instead of pills, many can benefit from other treatments also provided at our offices, which is why Dr. Edward Gheiler offers a variety of services for ED treatment.
We have decades of experience with testosterone therapy, penile injections, intraurethral medication, vacuum erection services, and surgical implants. Consulting with a qualified specialist can ensure that you receive the proper treatment for your body, and you will be able to avoid potential side effects caused by the ‘one medication fits all’ approach. Our offices treat the unique needs of each patient to ensure effective and safe results.