Male impotence has been a vaguely discussed topic all over the history of mankind, with men being quite embarrassed to talk about it. Such an attitude persisted well to the end of the 20th century, remaining a taboo. Virtually all men experience erectile issues with age, and the older the man, the more likely he is to develop impotence. This usually results not only in sexual life issues but also affect the person on a psychological and emotional level, making the condition much more complex and hard to talk about.
All men have problems with erection from time to time. Having a weak erection or not to be able to maintain it long enough for a suitable sexual intercourse can happen. Stress, fatigue, anxiety or depression can cause such things to happen. But this is not erectile dysfunction. Doctors usually regard erectile dysfunction the situation when a man is not able to have suitable erection in more than 25% of cases. That means if you aren’t able to have a good erection in 1 of 4 sexual encounters, this means you have erectile dysfunction and there’s something to be done with it.
If you have such problem, you are not alone. Only in US alone the number of men having chronic erectile dysfunction is estimated to be up to 30 million people.
Since the introduction of the first PDE-5 inhibitor (Viagra) to the market in 1998 this niche has exploded and caused a revolution in erectile dysfunction treatment. It was not only a medical change, but a cultural and behavioral too, as people started talking openly about their sexual problems.
Today there are three most popular oral medications used to treat impotence in men: Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. All three have practically the same mechanism of action, because all three are PDE-5 inhibitors. What is different with these drugs is the duration of the effect and how quickly it starts to work.
Viagra was the first Ed drug to be introduced and has literally made the market for this type of drugs. It usually takes about an hour to start having effect and lasts about four hours. Viagra should not be taken with food and there’s a set of health conditions it’s not quite safe to use with.
Levitra followed Viagra and showed certain improvements over it. It can be taken during a meal and is quite safe to use with heart conditions and other health problems that made Viagra dangerous to use.
Cialis was the last PDE-5 inhibitor introduced and its developers paid particular attention to the long-lasting effect of the drug. It usually starts working within 15 minutes and its effects last up to 36 hours in some cases.
But before you start using any of these drugs, you first have to consult with your doctor and choose which one is the right option for you.