First, it may be useful to understand the mechanisms of normal penile erection. Penile erection occurs essentially when the penis becomes engorged with blood. The anatomical compartments (two corpora cavernosa and one corpus spongiosum) are capable of being distended with seven times their normal amount of blood. When this occurs in association with relaxation of the penile muscles, erection results. There are some commonly prescribed medicines that can cause ED. Medications for depression, psychotic illness, heart conditions, blood pressure and prostate conditions are all possible culprits. These drugs are given for serious conditions however, so it is vital to talk to your doctor to discuss your problem.
If you are taking medication for another condition and you think that this is causing erectile dysfunction, have a chat with your doctor about it. It may be that they can suggest an alternative type of medication. Make sure that you talked to your doctor or healthcare professional before you stop taking any medication that you’ve been prescribed.
Like most powerful drugs, these ED pills, including Staxyn, can have side effects (besides the desired one of a rock-hard erection). The most common side effects are minor and transient, such as headaches, facial flushing, or upset stomach. Less common but potentially more serious is the above-mentioned priapism; you probably know that warning by heart from the ED drug commercials: See your doctor if you have an erection lasting more than four hours.” That’s been the fodder for many a joke, but in real life a priapism is anything but funny. Other uncommon but potentially serious side effects of PDE5 inhibitors include vision changes – most notably, seeing a bluish tint – or hearing problems.
Several pathways have been described to explain how information travels from the hypothalamus to the sacral autonomic centers. One pathway travels from the dorsomedial hypothalamus through the dorsal and central gray matter, descends to the locus ceruleus, and projects ventrally in the mesencephalic reticular formation. Input from the brain is conveyed through the dorsal spinal columns to the thoracolumbar and sacral autonomic nuclei.
If you reach for a swig of Nyquil to put the kibosh on your cold symptoms or pop an ibuprofen before a workout, listen up. Most likely, half of the meds in your bathroom cabinet will make you sleepy and impair your workout. Imagine the worst: you drop a dumbbell on your foot, you injure yourself because you’re not noticing your body’s true limits…you get the picture. The point is, some over-the-counter meds may change the way your body responds to exercise—and not always in a good way. Here’s the scoop on the most common OTC meds and expert tips for avoiding potential problems when you hit the gym.
Anxiety, stress, and depression are conditions that need consideration when addressing the causes of ED. Due to the very nature of ED, undiagnosed psychological underpinnings can lead to a vicious cycle, where ED becomes a greater issue as a man becomes anxious or depressed about his inability to perform.
Georgia Urology offers a variety of treatment options for men’s health issues such as prostate problems, low testosterone, and intimacy issues. Our speVidalistats have the knowledge and experience to select treatment plans that are specialized just for you.
Rob graduated from MIT with a Bachelor’s in biology and went to medical school, graduating from Tufts University in Boston in 1978. He did a three-year internship and residency in Tucson, and is board-certified in Internal Medicine. He was in private practice for 35 years, and retired from full-time practice in December of 2015. He has a special interest in preventive health and Quality of Life Enhancement, so Epoch Men’s Health Men’s Health has been a good fit for his practice goals.