7 Alternatives to Viagra

Viagra is a medicine which is used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction or impotence in men. It helps boost the flow of blood in the penile area thereby causing erection when stimulated sexually. This method though an effective solution, and applicable to most of the men, there would be a few of them, who may not be able to take Viagra, maybe either due to certain medical conditions, which make it unsuitable for them to take Viagra, or having medicines which tends to affect the performance of Viagra.

7 Alternatives to Viagra

The reason whenever one thinks of erectile dysfunction, they think of Viagra is; Viagra is the first drug which was approved by the United States’ F.D.A. in the year 1998 for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men. This drug needs to be taken in the form of an oral pill, one hour before performing the act of sex. Though, as this drug may not be suitable to all, several alternate medicines are available-

  1. Tadalafil (Cialis): Cialis is a tablet to be consumed orally. This medicine starts showing its effect half an hour, post the consumption of the tablet. This tablet can improve erectile dysfunction for a period of upto 36 hours. The starting dosage for this medicine is 10 mg and this can be decreased or increased, as and how required. However, care needs to be taken of not to exceed the dosage to more than once a day. This medicine can be consumed with or without food.
  2. Vardenafil (Levitra): This medicine which starts from 10 mg should be taken an hour before the sexual activity. These oral medicines should also be not taken more than once a day and can be taken along with the food.
  3. Vardenafil (Staxyn): This drug is different to the other erectile dysfunction drugs, where the other drugs need to be swallowed with water, this drug needs to be placed on the tongue and be allowed to dissolve. This drug just like any other erectile dysfunction drug, needs to be consumed an hour before the sexual activity.
  4. Avanafil (Stendra): This drug comes in the strength of 200, 100 and 50 mg and need to be taken half an hour before the sexual activity
  5. L-arginine: High doses of L-arginine tend to improve the flow of blood in the penile region thereby increasing the sexual activity and treating the issue of erectile dysfunction. However, the issue with this is, since it is an amino acid, it tends to cause some form of nausea, diarrhea and cramps.
  6. Red ginseng: Ginseng is a natural herbal supplement which has been found to be effective in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men. Being a natural material, it does not cause side effects as such. Though high doses do tend to cause headaches, gastrointestinal problems and sleep problems. In case of diabetics, it can lower the blood sugar levels, thereby not being suitable for them.
  7. Acupuncture: This is an ancient practice used for healing a variety of conditions. There has been little study on how effective acupressure can be in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. However in case of acupuncture, there is nothing to lose for the patient.

These are some of the alternative ways of treating ED. The top 4 ones tend to have some form of side effects as compared to the bottom three ones. It is upto the patient to decide how serious his problem is and what treatment he needs to go with!