Heads Up! A New, Faster-Acting ED Drug

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) affects an estimated 52 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70. Prevalence increases with age and can be caused by a variety of factors, including medications (anti-hypertensives, histamine receptor antagonists); lifestyle (tobacco, alcohol use); diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, prostate cancer); and spinal cord injuries. Left untreated, ED can negatively impact relationships and self-esteem, causing feelings of embarrassment and guilt. However, about half of men being treated with currently available PDE5 inhibitors (Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, etc.) are dissatisfied with treatment.

A new drug, Avanafil (sold as Stendra), works faster than the PDE5 inhibitors, and it may be better for men with heart problems who are taking nitroglycerin.  Avanafil is less likely to cause a dramatic drop in blood pressure.  Be sure to ask your doctor for more information about this new medication if you think you might be a candidate.


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