What is E.D. Medication?

What is Erectile Dysfunction Medication

The most important thing to understand before taking medication is what you’re taking it for.

E.D., erectile dysfunction, is a common problem among men over 40 in the United States. It’s a medical condition that affects being able to achieve, or maintain, an erection. Many men will not seek help when they struggle with E.D. because they think it’s embarrassing. But not seeking help could lead to strains in your relationship and your overall health. In most cases, it’s easily treatable. 

Why Can I Not Get An Erection?

Achieving an erection all has to do with blood flow. When you become aroused or sexually stimulated, the blood vessels in your penis are being sent messages from your brain that dilate them and allow for blood flow. The reason you maintain an erection is because the blood essentially gets “trapped”. When the blood vessels don’t dilate, or “open”, and the blood flow stops, your penis becomes soft.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

There are a number of factors that could cause erectile dysfunction including medical or psychological issues.

Little Interest (Sorry … no pun intended)

In better words, you may be experiencing a low libido/low sex drive. There could be many reasons for this including:

  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Smoking (sorry smokers, tobacco also decreases the blood flow to your penis)
  • Stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Other prescription drugs
  • Diet 
  • Exercise

Yes, you read that right. Your diet and the amount you exercise could play a huge role in your sex drive. Things like alcohol are considered depressants and decrease the blood flow to your penis. Fried foods are also known for lowering your libido because of their high trans-fat levels. 

Exercising just the right amount can lead to a healthier sex life, whereas exercising too much, or too little, can negatively affect your libido. If your diet and lack of exercise lead to obesity, your chances of experiencing erectile dysfunction are high. 

Not exercising can lead to tiring quickly, not being as flexible, feeling self-conscious and not wanting to be seen naked, and can lead to more serious issues like diabetes, heart issues, and more. But, exercising too much is another issue. If you exercise too much, it can lead to unbalanced testosterone and hormone levels, or cause mental and physical fatigue. 

Ultimately, the better shape you’re in, the better sex you’ll have! That means personally finding just the right amount of exercise for you. 

What is E.D. Medication

Health Issues

Your health issues and the prescription drugs that go along with them could be the cause of your erectile dysfunction. Again, it’s very common, particularly if you’re suffering from the following:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Surgeries that affect the pelvic or spinal area (for example, surgery for bladder cancer, prostate cancer, etc.)


Everyone knows that as we age, we naturally lose things like estrogen (why our skin starts sagging), or maybe our hearing or eyesight. But we also lose testosterone, which is why, as males get older (particularly between 40 and up) they start experiencing erectile dysfunction.

What Happens If Erectile Dysfunction Goes Untreated?

Though leaving erectile dysfunction symptoms untreated won’t lead to physical complications, it can very much lead to mental issues and cause a huge strain on your relationship. 

Being unhappy with your sex life can not only be frustrating but if you’re trying to have a baby with your partner, it can be downright disappointing not seeing the results you were hoping for. If you can’t achieve or maintain an erection, you certainly won’t be able to reach completion. Sometimes this can even cause doubt in your partner or feelings of low self-esteem. 

Not treating erectile dysfunction can also lead to depression, anxiety, and stress.

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Using E.D. Medication To Improve Your Sex Life

Fortunately, males have the option to take pills in order to battle their erectile dysfunction and spice things up in the bedroom again! The only problem is knowing which pills are the best, how they work, where to get them, and which ones to avoid.

When you contact Male Excel, we safely prescribe pills after our licensed physician assesses your medical history. We have two options: Viagra and Cialis. They contain FDA-approved ingredients such as tadalafil and sildenafil in various doses. 

Over-the-counter prescriptions that contain these ingredients without being FDA-approved are illegal.

How Does Viagra Or Cialis Work?

These pills will be taken orally. They will not instantly give you an erection … sorry. They typically start to work within 30-60 minutes and it can be taken four hours before you engage in sexual intercourse. In order for them to kick in, sexual stimulation is required. The way E.D. medication ends up working all has to do with getting that healthy supply of blood flow to your penis until completion.

When Not To Take Viagra Or Cialis

It’s important to note that if you have prescription drugs that include nitrate, you should not mix it with tadalafil or sildenafil. Your safety is very important to us and we will not prescribe you these pills if you are taking nitrates because this can cause your blood pressure to drop dangerously low. 

A dangerously low blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, can be life-threatening because enough oxygen isn’t reaching your brain and in turn causes damage to both your brain and heart. This can lead to a stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure. 

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Other serious side effects include an erection lasting more than four hours or sudden vision or hearing loss. If you experience these symptoms, you need to stop taking Viagra immediately and seek professional help.

You should let us know of the following if you’re wanting to treat erectile dysfunction, and we can help you as best as we can:

  • Have had a heart attack or heart failure
  • Uncontrolled low or high blood pressure
  • Have problems with your blood cells (anemia, leukemia, etc.)
  • Have had (or have) stomach ulcers
  • Have had (or have) kidney problems
  • Have had (or have) liver problems

Did you know?

You also shouldn’t mix Viagra or Cialis with grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice, or just eating a grapefruit, can actually make drugs enter the bloodstream and stay in your body longer. 

When we swallow a pill, it will break down in our bodies and be absorbed by “transporter” cells. When grapefruit is consumed afterward, it causes issues with the transporters and can increase the amount in your body. Orange marmalade is known to have the same effect too!  

E.D. Medications To Avoid

Not only is it important to recognize what shouldn’t be mixed with Viagra and Cialis ingredients, but it’s also important to recognize potential product names that can cause more harm than good to your body. 

Just because they’re labeled as “natural” does not mean they’re the best thing for you. A lot of “natural” pills will include an ingredient called Yohimbe bark extract. It was traditionally used in Africa for things like fever or coughs however, there is little scientific evidence to support its health benefits for colds or to treat erectile dysfunction. In fact, it’s an illegal ingredient in Canada, Australia, and the U.K. because of its harsh side effects. It has been known to cause:

  • Kidney failure
  • Seizures
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety 
  • Hallucinations and confusion
  • Numbness
  • And more
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Male Excel Can Help You Regain Your Confidence

If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, our professional and trusted physicians can help you receive medication that will not only allow you to achieve and maintain an erection but also reduce your stress and anxiety and boost your confidence back up! 

Over 18 million men are currently affected by this medical condition and are too embarrassed to reach out to someone for advice or having to admit they need Viagra. There’s no shame in using E.D. medication to boost your blood flow, but with E.D. medications come a lot of safety measures that will need to be taken. 

E.D. medications cannot be mixed with other prescription drugs, particularly nitrates. They can lower your blood pressure to dangerous, life-threatening levels. Ordering the wrong pills can also negatively impact your health, so it’s important to understand the ingredients involved in the pills you’ll be taking, and ensuring you’re receiving them from medical professionals. 

Our physicians are always happy to help answer any of your questions or concerns associated with your E.D. medication, how you’ll take it, how long you should take it for, and what side effects could potentially be included.

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