Many of you are aware of the “little blue pill” that is available to help men who struggle with erectile dysfunction. Did you know that it can cost $600 for ten 100mg Viagra tablets? There’s good news, though. Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, is available at a much cheaper price. With a prescription from your physician, you can get fifty 20mg Sildenafil tablets at Norland Avenue Pharmacy for just $80!
Tadalafil is another potent medication for treating ED with a long duration of effective-ness. Tadalafil is in the same class of drugs as Sildenafil and works by increasing blood flow to penile tissues. The difference is that Tadalafil doesn’t need to be taken immediately before sexual activity but can be taken on a daily basis at lower dosages. A single dose can be effective for up to 36 hours and only promotes an erection when sexually stimulated.
How does it work? Tadalafil works by inhibiting the enzyme PDE5 to increase blood flow to the penis. Inhibiting PDE5 assists in relaxation of the vascular smooth muscle that controls blood flow. When the vascular smooth muscles are relaxed, blood flow is increased to the penis, which helps maintain an erection. Without sexual stimulation Tadalafil will not cause an erection, which is why it can be taken on a daily basis. This gives more choices about when to initiate sexual activity than Sildenafil/Viagra.
What dose should I take? For daily use, patients are typically prescribed 3.75mg Tadalafil troches. Troches are small lozenges that dissolve between the cheek and gum. As it dissolves, the medication is gradually absorbed into the blood stream. It is recommended that you take the medication for a full week as directed for full effects. Studies have found that Tadalafil used daily can have a cumulative effect, leading to better results in the long term com-pared to using only as needed. You can take Tadalafil on an as needed basis as well. Dosing for this is typically 10-20mg. When taking as needed, allow 30 minutes for full effects.
If you would like more information, please stop by or give us a call. We can provide handouts to take to your physician on any of these solutions.