ED drugs are used to treat erectile dysfunction in men. A few of the oral ED drugs that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra). These erectile dysfunction medications (EDMs) are effective for treating ED of various etiologies. Men usually take ED medications 4-5hours before having sex; to achieve and to maintain an erection. However, thousands of young, impotence free men are popping the ED drugs to wayward weekend warriors.
“According to a study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, there’s been a 300% increase in prescriptions for men under 45 since the drug was launched in 1998.”
The fact that the large numbers of men are taking potency pills who don’t need is raising concern in the medical community. Viagra works for four to six hours, but when taken with alcohol, can open the door wider to making unwise late-night choices. Moreover, taking prescription oral erectile dysfunction (ED) medications recreationally — without a medical need — carries possible health risks.
1. Get Counterfeit Drugs – Oral ED medications, such as sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn), and tadalafil (Cialis) need a prescription. Buying these medications from an unlicensed online pharmacy without a prescription puts you at risk of taking a medication that might contain no active ingredient or the wrong medicine.
2. Have An Adverse Effect Or Drug Interaction – Prescription ED drugs might not work or unsafe if you have a very low blood pressure (hypotension), or suffer from any heart disease or heart failure. Make sure to consult with your doctor before taking any prescription ED medication. A prescription erectile dysfunction medication can also lead to a drug interaction if used with other recreational drugs, such as cocaine, alcohol, or any other medication.
3. Become Psychologically Dependent On The Medication – Some research suggests that men who use ED medications recreationally might begin to lose confidence in their ability to achieve and maintain an erection without them. Moreover, regular use of ED drugs could cause men to develop unreasonable expectations for their sexual performance.
Prescription ED medications aren’t intended for recreational use by men who don’t have ED. If any of you is concerned about your ability to achieve or maintain an erection, consult with your doctor ASAP. Your doctor can help determine if you have an underlying condition that needs treatment or if you might benefit from medication or other treatments.