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If you're having trouble gaining or maintaining an erection, typically one of the first treatment options is the use of oral medications. However, as with any new treatment, it’s important to talk to your doctor to understand the benefits and drawbacks of these medications; including potential side effects.

Most drugs that help with ED work by blocking the PDE5 enzyme, which increases blood flow into the penis upon sexual arousal. These PDE5 inhibitors (pills) work by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide, a naturally-occurring substance that relaxes blood vessels and allows for better blood flow to the penis. With this effect in place, it's possible to get an erection in response to sexual stimulation and to sustain it.

While many men show improvement in their symptoms with these drugs, PDE5 inhibitors do have some potentially uncomfortable side effects – for example, flushing, headache, dyspepsia, and nasal congestion. Some men also find that long-term use of these drugs results in a lowering of their efficacy over time.

Potential Drawbacks of ED Medications

In some cases, ED medication can create uncomfortable side effects. While the most common issues are relatively minor, including facial reddening and headaches, there’s a risk of far more severe consequences – particularly for those with preexisting heart issues, including heart attacks and strokes. If you already suffer from any of these health issues, it’s important to talk to your doctor before beginning ED medication.

Here are some of the most common side effects associated with ED medications:

  • Headache
  • Body aches & pains
  • Digestive system problems
  • Flushes and facial reddening

It’s also worth considering the time delay necessitated by the use of any medications for erections. With some options taking over an hour to kick in, they may not be the ideal choice for spontaneous or one-time use.

It’s important to remember that ED medications won’t increase your libido, nor will they cure the root cause of your erectile dysfunction issues.

ED Medication Alternatives

Vacuum Pumps: Fortunately, there are plenty of alternative solutions to medications that can help with the symptoms of ED and help restore sexual health; including vacuum pumps like VaxAid. Vacuum erection devices work by forming a vacuum around the penis, drawing in blood, and quickly forming an erection after just a few minutes. We’ve designed VaxAid to be easy to use and effective, improving sexual health and ability and helping men to regain confidence.

With a simple-to-use design, VaxAid can be used by anyone unable to gain or maintain an erection for any reason. The VaxAid Deluxe can also be used in water; its advanced, intuitive design makes it easy to reach the maximum safe level of pressure for optimal results.

While VaxAid won't fix the underlying conditions preventing you from gaining or maintaining erection, it will restore your ability to gain an erection, helping you to reclaim your sexual ability. Widely recommended by urologists and experts, VaxAid is an effective class 2 medical device and completely safe and easy to use.

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