Erectile Dysfunction Medication

The Most Effective Medications for Erectile Dysfunction

There are many effective medications to treat erectile dysfunction. Although it is a good idea to research some of the benefits and side effects, you should always consult with your health care professional before taking any medication.

Below is a list of some of the most common medication to treat ED. The common characteristic of the following drugs is that they are all phosphodiesterase inhibitors. This means that they inhibit the enzyme phosphodiesterase which increases the production of cyclic GMP which causes an erection in males.


Vardenafil commonly goes under the names Levitra and Staxyn. It works by increasing blood flow to the penis during sexual stimulation which helps you achieve and maintain an erection. However, much like most other medications, you must consult with your doctor and advise them if you have a history of kidney problems, an irregular heartbeat, or a history of heart attack or stroke. It is also important to note that Vardenafil can cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision. These side effects can be worsened when consumed with alcohol.

Erectile Dysfunction Medication


Tadalafil is the generic name for the popular brand name Cialis. Tadalafil is used to treat erectile dysfunction as well as benign prostatic hyperplasia. This medication increases the blood vessels that bring blood to the penis. At the same time, blood vessels that direct blood away from the penis are decreased in size. It is recommended that Tadalafil be taken in the absence of alcohol since it can also cause blurred vision and drowsiness.

Sildenafil Citrate

Sildenafil Citrate is also sold under the popular names Viagra and Revatio. It was originally developed to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, but has since been used almost exclusively to treat erectile dysfunction. Sildenafil has been shown to bring about a stronger and longer penis erection. Sildenafil has many of the same side effects as other ED drugs, however it can also cause diarrhea, muscle aches and nosebleeds. If you are experiencing these symptoms it is important to stop taking the medication and speak with your health care professional.

Before determining which drug to prescribe, the doctor must have detailed knowledge of your medical history and any current medications you are taking. This is important to determine which drug will work best for you.