Inhibitors of PDE 5 such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra (and generics) are by far the most effective drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Nevertheless, these drugs are not 100% effective at all times for all men. This also does not mean that the drugs are always to blame when erectile dysfunction cannot be treated.
Results of a recent study showed 70% of men who have had an unsuccessful experience using PDE 5 inhibitors have made mistakes when taking these drugs. It is suggested that men simply do not know how to correctly take these drugs. Therefore, in order to break this vicious circle, we offer you the six most common mistakes associated with improperly taking PDE-5 inhibitors.
Lack of sexual stimulation
It has been estimated that 3% of men think that it is enough to take a pill and relax while the drug does everything. However, in the absence of sexual stimulation, the effect of drugs such as Viagra is comparable to that of placebo. Sexual arousal causes the brain to generate appropriate nerve impulses that trigger the entire chain of biochemical reactions necessary for the development of the erection. After taking a pill it is important to engage in acts of sexual stimulation, whereas sitting around doing nothing will lead to no benefit of the drug.
Too small dosage of the drug
If the maximal safe tolerable dose of one of these drugs has not been used then there is no reason to declare it to be ineffective. A similar mistake has been committed in certain instances by up to 31% of study participants in clinical trials. There is indeed a general desire to begin taking these medications at the smallest dose possible. However, the reality is that the initial dose chosen may not be enough to obtain the appropriate therapeutic effect. Therefore, it is important to always closely follow recommended instructions provided by a doctor. The only time when the maximal allowable safe daily dose should not be taken is in the presence of health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, and/or atherosclerosis. In such cases, taking PDE5 inhibitors must always be closely supervised by a doctor who will monitor effectiveness and safety while taking this medication.
Taking the drug after a meal
Pharmacotherapies such as Viagra and Levitra should not be taken with or immediately following meals. The effectiveness of these drugs is strongest when taken on an empty stomach.
However, this rule is most applicable to Viagra and to a lesser extent Levitra. Cialis may be taken with food.
Too fast transition to sex
Another common mistake made by men is that they are too impatient. Contained within the instructions for using each drug, information such as the time needed to reach the maximum concentration in the blood is given. As such, for Viagra and Levitra this is on average 1 hour, whereas for Cialis this may be 2-3 hours. However, it is important to note that this timing does not note the onset of action, but refers to the peak drug action.
Unwillingness to experiment
If the first time using one of these medications is not a success this does not mean that other methods should not be attempted. This includes trying different dosages as well as types of pharmacotherapies.
In order to optimize the chances for success while using PDE5 inhibitors, it is important to try each of the available pharmacotherapies on the market to see which one leads to the best result. This includes trying brand names for Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra as well as their generic forms.