Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when a man struggles to get or keep an erection, usually due to a combination of reduced blood flow to the penis and associated performance anxiety. It can be a sign of a thickening of the blood vessels as well as other conditions, so you may need further tests.
Our ED clinic provides discreet help that is professional and confidential. You’ll start with a private consultation with the qualified pharmacist, where you’ll need to answer some questions which will then be reviewed. If treatment is suitable for you, you’ll be offered access to the medication you’d like to try.
(Please Note: Whichever drug you choose to try, sexual stimulation is required to get and maintain an erection hard enough for sex)
If you’re considering oral erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, you have various options:
The most well-known of all erectile dysfunction drugs, Viagra contains the active ingredient sildenafil. It can work within 30 minutes and its effects can last up to four hours.
Sildenafil is available as a generic. It can start to take effect within 30 minutes and effects can last up to four hours.
Cialis contains the active ingredient tadalafil. It can start to work within 30 minutes and is effective for up to 36 hours.
Tadalafil is available as a generic. It can start to take effect within 30 minutes and effects can last for up to 36 hours.
Levitra can start to work within 25 to 60 minutes and effects can last up to five hours.
If you exhibit the following side effects please see your GP as soon as possible:
We recommend having a cardiovascular check up with your GP as ED is normally a precursor to underlying heart conditions.
Research surrounding the effects of drinking alcohol on erectile function suggests that moderate alcohol consumption (14 units a week) does not have a negative impact. Higher alcohol intakes, and/or increased frequency of alcohol drinking are thought to increase the risk of experiencing ED, and findings suggest that the more alcohol you drink the bigger the impact on ED.
ED is more common in men who are overweight, obese or have a high waist measurement. Losing weight and/or reducing your waist size has been found to help reduce ED.
One small study found that weight loss may help to preserve erectile function and prevent the worsening of ED. Another found that introducing lifestyle changes including a combination of losing weight and increasing physical activity led to an improvement in erectile function.
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