Medical problems: Erectile dysfunction and prostate problems(below):
Erectile dysfunction, may also be called impotence, and is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction, or ED, can be a total inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. From 15 million to 30 million men suffer from ED.
In older men, ED usually has a physical cause, such as disease, injury, or the side effects of drugs. Chances of suffering from ED increase with age.
Damage to nerves, arteries, smooth muscles, and fibrous tissues, such as the result of disease, is the most common cause of ED. Diabetes, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis, vascular disease, and neurological diseases account for about 70 percent of ED cases.
Certain lifestyle choices like smoking, being overweight, and not exercising, contribute to heart disease and vascular problems and also raise the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Surgery, especially prostate and bladder surgery for cancer, can injure nerves and arteries near the penis, and cause ED. Injury to the penis, spinal cord, prostate, bladder, and pelvis can harming nerves, smooth muscles, arteries, and fibrous tissues, and also lead to ED.
Many common medicines, like blood pressure drugs, antihistamines, antidepressants, tranquilizers, and appetite suppressants, can produce ED as a side effect, as well.
About 10 to 20 percent of ED cases may be caused by psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, guilt, depression, low self-esteem, and fear of sexual failure. Other possible causes are smoking, which affects blood flow in veins and arteries, and hormonal abnormalities, such as not having enough testosterone in the body.
It is a good idea that treatment start with the least invasive treatment possible. For some men, making a few healthy lifestyle changes may solve the problem. Quitting smoking, losing weight, and increasing physical activity may help some men regain sexual function. If not, considering medication changes should be considered next. If you think a particular drug you are taking is causing your ED, ask your doctor if there is a replacement drug you can try.
If there seems to be a need, psychotherapy and behavior modifications is considered next, followed by oral or locally injected drugs, vacuum devices, and surgically implanted devices. In rare cases, surgery involving veins or arteries may be considered to help treat erectile dysfunction.
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Levitra is one of a group of medicines that delay enzymes called phosphodiesterases from working too quickly, and is used to treat men who have erectile dysfunction. By controlling these enzymes, Levitra helps men maintain an erection. Levitra is also more...
Sildenafil under the name Viagra is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men. Another brand of sildenafil is Revatio, which is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and improve exercise capacity in men and women. It relaxes muscles an more...
Tadalafil relaxes muscles and increases blood flow to particular areas of the body. Tadalafil is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence). Tadalafil may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Treatment of erec more...
Cialis (Tadalafil), is a treatment for erectile dysfunction. Cialis relaxes muscles within the penis, and allows increased blood flow into the penis, which helps to achieve and maintain an erection. Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have more...
Sildenafil, also known as Viagra is one of a group of medicines that delay enzymes called phosphodiesterases from working too quickly, and is used to treat men who have erectile dysfunction. By controlling these enzymes Viagra helps men maintain an ere more...
Cardura, also called Doxazosin, belongs to the general class of medicines called antihypertensives. It is used to treat high blood pressure. Cardura works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood passes more easily. It is also used to treat noncancerous en more...
Doxazosin is in a group of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers. Doxazosin causes the blood vessels (veins and arteries) to relax and expand, improving blood flow. Doxazosin also relaxes muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, making it easier to urinate. more...
Flomax, also known as Tamsulosin, is used to treat the signs and symptoms of enlargement of the prostate. Benign enlargement of the prostate is a problem that can occur in men as they get older. As the prostate gland enlarges, certain muscles in the gland more...
Tamsulosin is in a group of drugs called alpha-adrenergic blockers. Tamsulosin relaxes the smooth muscles around your veins and arteries so that blood can more easily pass through them. It also relaxes the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck. Similar to Doxazosin.
While Doxazosin is beneficial in treating urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate, and ED, it does not shrink the size of the prostate. An operation may be necessary in later years.
Speak to your GP about these problems. Continue with regular PSA blood tests and monitor the increase in prostate size every few years. I personally started on Doxzosin today. I will report back here in a few months to discuss the benefits I received from this drug.