Male sexual enhancement is a widely used term, covering everything from libido to Erectile Dysfunction, even increases in size. The multi Billion dollar market of little blue pills like Viagra and supplements is an overwhelming indicator that men desire the benefits of these products. While they can help increase desire and obtain longer lasting, higher quality erections, they are not without their risks.
The most common pharmaceuticals for erectile dysfunction are Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. These are a class of drugs known as PDE-5 (Phosphodiesterase type 5) inhibitors. For the sake of this article, we will be discussing Viagra and the knock off, nonprescription, over the counter herbal supplements often found at gas stations and adult novelty stores.
The Herbal Viagra
The FDA warns: “Sexual enhancement products that claim to work as well as prescription products are likely to contain a contaminant. Use of such products exposes consumers to unpredictable risk and the potential for injury or even death.”
Many over the counter supplements contain non FDA approved sulfoaildenafil, a compound structurally similar to sildenafil. Some even contain sildenafil, which is FDA approved and the active ingredient in the prescription drug Viagra. The trouble is, the source of sildenafil in these OTC supplements is often from an overseas laboratory and not from an FDA approved facility. Both drugs are used to treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and pose the risk of interaction with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin. This interaction may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.
Other dangers include undisclosed amounts of the active ingredient (sildenafil or sulfoaildenafil), which in high amounts can lead to a permanent, painful erection, damaging the penile tissues. Some herbal sexual supplements also contain ingredients such as saw palmetto, ginseng, yohimbine and horny goat weed. The amounts of these ingredients are often undisclosed and can pose risk of interaction with other medications as well as raise blood pressure and heart rate to unsafe levels.
Beware of Male Enhancement products that:
-Promise quick results (within 30 to 40 minutes)
-Are advertised as alternatives to FDA-approved prescription drugs
-Are sold in single servings
-Advertise via spam or unsolicited emails
-Have labels written primarily in a foreign language
-Have directions and warnings that mimic FDA-approved products
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The class of drugs that Levitra, Viagra, Stendra, and Cialis belong to are called PDE5 inhibitors. They work by relaxing tight blood vessels, allowing more blood to surge into the penis and cause an erection, says Gregory Bales, M.D., an associate professor of urology at the University of Chicago.
The little pills do the trick for more than two-thirds of men with Viagra protects the heart (ED). They also work for guys who simply need them for a short time to get their “confidence back,” says Michael Eisenberg, M.D., director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University.