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Sex Power Medicine for Men

8 min
06/08/2024
Sexual power medicines have become more popular now than ever before, and they no longer constitute a stigma for men. They improve the quality of the sexual process for men who have erectile dysfunction, and give them a stable and satisfying sexual and emotional life.

Types of sex medicines

The types of sexual power medicines and their mechanisms of action vary depending on the type of medication and the sexual dysfunction it is designed to treat. Here are the most prominent categories of sexual power medicines:

1. Phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors:

  • Examples: sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra), and avanafil (Stendra).
  • Mechanism of action: Inhibition of the enzyme phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) responsible for the breakdown of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), which contributes to increased levels of cGMP within the smooth muscle cells of the penis. High cGMP levels cause the smooth muscles in the corpus cavernosum to relax, allowing increased blood flow to the penis.

2. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT):

  • Examples: testosterone injections, patches, and gels.
  • Mechanism of Action: TRT directly increases testosterone levels in the body, which improves libido and erectile function, as adequate levels help maintain normal libido and function.

3. Herbal and natural supplements:

  • Examples: ginseng, maca, yohimbine, horny goat weed.
  • Mechanism of action: Some herbs can improve blood flow to the genital area by dilating blood vessels or increasing nitric oxide production. Some herbal stimulants may also help reduce fatigue and increase overall energy, which may indirectly enhance sexual performance, in addition to some herbs that Have mild effects on hormone levels, promoting balance that can improve sexual function.

4. Topical treatments:

  • Examples: alprostadil cream, and nitroglycerin ointment.
  • Mechanism of action: Alprostadil directly dilates blood vessels, which increases blood flow to the penis when applied topically. Nitroglycerin ointment also works by releasing nitric oxide, which relaxes smooth muscles and enhances blood flow.

5. Psychiatric medications:

  • Examples: bupropion, buspirone.
  • Mechanism of action: These medications change the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain (such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine), which may improve mood and reduce anxiety. By relieving anxiety and depression, these medications can indirectly enhance sexual desire and performance.

To further understand the challenges and solutions related to men’s health, don’t miss our detailed guide on erectile dysfunction symptoms. Dive into this comprehensive article to explore more about the signs and treatment options available to address this common issue.

Benefits of using sex power medicines

Sexual power medicines improve erectile function mainly in men, and there are many benefits resulting from taking these types of medications, the most notable of which are:

  • Improving erectile function by helping to achieve or maintain an erection during sexual stimulation.
  • Enhancing libido through testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for men with low testosterone levels.
  • Increase and enhance overall sexual satisfaction and intimacy by treating problems such as impotence, or low sexual desire.
  • Boost confidence, achieve self-esteem and reduce anxiety about performance.
  • Enhance physical performance and improve stamina and endurance during sexual activity.
  • Improving the quality of relationship, communication and intimacy.
  • Hormone treatments can help restore balance, addressing issues such as low testosterone that can significantly affect sexual function and desire.

How to use sex power medicines?

Using sexual power medicines correctly is crucial to ensuring their effectiveness and minimizing potential side effects. Here is a guide on how to use different types of sexual power medicines:

1. Mel Sildenafil (Viagra):

  • Dosage: 50 mg taken about an hour before sexual activity. It may be adjusted to 25 mg or 100 mg based on efficacy and tolerability.
  • Instructions: Take on an empty stomach or with a light meal.

To gain a deeper understanding of how Viagra works, don’t miss our detailed article explaining its mechanism of action.

2. Tadalafil (Cialis):

  • Dosage:5 mg or 5 mg once daily, or for use as needed: 10 mg at least 30 minutes before sexual activity, and may be increased to 20 mg.
  • Instructions: It can be taken with or without food. For use as needed.

3. Vardenafil (Levitra):

  • Dosage: 10 mg taken approximately 60 minutes before sexual activity, may be adjusted to 5 mg or 20 mg based on efficacy and tolerability.
  • Instructions: Take it with or without food, but avoid meals high in fat.

4. Avanafil (Stendra):

  • Dosage: 100 mg taken 15-30 minutes before sexual activity. It can be adjusted to 50 mg or 200 mg.
  • Instructions: It can be taken with or without food.

5. Testosterone injection:

  • Dosage: Usually taken every 1-4 weeks, depending on the formulation.
  • Instructions: It is injected into the muscle or under the skin.

6. Alprostadil cream:

  • Dosage: Place a small amount (usually 100-300 micrograms) on the opening of the urethra.
  • Instructions: Apply the cream using the applicator. Wait for 5-30 minutes until an erection begins.

7. Nitroglycerin ointment:

  • Dosage: Place a small amount on the shaft of the penis.
  • Directions: Apply as directed by your doctor. It helps dilate blood vessels and can enhance erection.

8. Bupropion:

  • Dosage: 150-300 mg daily, divided into one or two doses.
  • Instructions: Take it with or without food. Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding dosage adjustments.

9. Buspirone:

  • Dosage: 15-30 mg daily, divided into two or three doses.
  • Instructions: Take it regularly at the same times every day. It may take a few weeks to notice improvements.

Side effects and precautions

It is important to be aware of the potential side effects and precautions when taking any type of sexual power medicines. Here are the most important instructions:

1. Phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors:

  • Common side effects:

    • Headache
    • Facial flushing (redness or warmth in the face, neck, or chest)
    • Nasal congestion
    • Indigestion
    • Dizziness
    • Visual disturbances (changes in color vision, blurred vision)
    • Back pain
  • Serious side effects:

    • Priapism (prolonged painful erection lasting more than 4 hours)
    • Severe low blood pressure
    • Sudden hearing loss
    • Heart attack or stroke (rare, but more likely in men with pre-existing cardiovascular disease)
  • Precautions to be followed:

    • Consult a specialist doctor: It is necessary before using these medications, especially if you have a history of heart disease or low blood pressure or are taking medications such as nitrates.
    • Avoid alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of side effects.
    • Do not combine ED medications: Avoid using multiple ED treatments at the same time without medical advice.
    • Monitor for allergic reactions: Although they are rare, you should seek immediate medical help if you notice any allergic symptoms.

2. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT):

  • Common side effects:

    • Acne or oily skin
    • Fluid retention
    • Increased number of red blood cells
    • Mood Swings
    • Breast enlargement (gynecomastia)
  • Serious side effects:

    • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke)
    • Prostate enlargement or cancer development
    • Sleep Apnea
    • Liver toxicity (especially with oral forms of testosterone)
  • Precautions to be followed:

    • Regular monitoring: Regular blood tests to monitor testosterone levels, blood counts, and liver function.
    • Review medical history: Report any history of prostate cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, liver or kidney disease to your doctor.
    • Avoid overuse: Strictly adhere to the prescribed dosage to avoid excessive levels of testosterone.

3. Topical treatments:

  • Common side effects:

    • Mild burning or pain at the application site
    • Redness or irritation of the skin
    • Mild headache (with nitroglycerin ointment)
  • Serious side effects:

    • Severe low blood pressure, especially if used with PDE5 inhibitors or nitrates
    • Priapism
  • Precautions to be followed:

    • Correct use: Follow the instructions for use carefully to avoid skin irritation and ensure effectiveness.
    • Avoid use with nitrates: Do not use nitroglycerin ointment with PDE5 inhibitors due to the risk of severe hypotension.
    • Monitor for allergic reactions: Discontinue use if you experience severe irritation or allergic reactions.

Alternative and supportive therapies for erection problems

Treatment of erectile dysfunction is not limited to medications only. There are many treatments, procedures, and lifestyle changes that can play an important role in treating erectile dysfunction. Here are examples:

  1. A healthy diet: Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and olive oil, which can improve cardiovascular health and blood flow.
  2. Exercise regularly: Exercise improves blood flow, reduces stress, and supports a healthy weight.
  3. Pelvic floor exercises: Strengthening the pelvic muscles (Kegel) can enhance erectile function.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight: Adequate weight reduces the risk of ED by preventing obesity-related conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
  5. Quitting smoking: improves blood vessel health and enhances blood flow.
  6. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Helps manage performance anxiety, stress, and negative thought patterns that can contribute to ED.
  7. Sex Therapy: Works with both partners to improve intimacy and reduce performance pressure.
  8. Acupuncture: improves blood flow and reduces stress; It involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to enhance the flow of energy and relieve symptoms of impotence.
  9. Herbal supplements:
  • Ginseng: May improve erectile function by enhancing nitric oxide production and blood flow.
  • Maca Root: Improves libido and energy levels.
  • Yohimbine: Improves blood flow and nerve impulses to the penis.

To complement your knowledge about men’s sexual health, be sure to read our insightful article on the duration of Viagra’s effects. Discover how long the medication lasts and what to expect.

Dr Raya Zreik
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