How does ed medication work?

Suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a real mood killer, making it difficult to experience satisfaction in any intimacy. While there are many different factors and lifestyle choices that may contribute to ED, advancements in modern medicine have simplified how to deal with this issue. Erectile dysfunction medication has been used for years now as a viable solution but how exactly does it work?

What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty about how these pills work, let’s first touch base on what causes ED. Simply put – when your brain doesn’t communicate effectively with your penis it doesn’t receive enough blood flow resulting in limp dingaling or not getting erect at all which means ‘no bouncy-bouncy’! Many times stress and anxiety play big roles as well because dammit…our brains love ruining everything!

Here are some common reasons you might develop erectile problems:

  • Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease
  • Taking certain medications like antidepressants or antihistamines
  • Problems involving blood vessels including high cholesterol levels/high blood pressure,
    diabetes and such

Basically if anything blocks healthy blood flow down below things won’t get very far (literally). It’s important to take care of yourself physically since even changes due aging can cause events such lowering hormone levels that affect sexual performance.

So How Do These Pills Even Help?

All three of the most popular E.D drugs – Viagra, Cialis & Levitra — belong to a class of drugs called Phosphodiesterase Type 5 inhibitors “PDE5I”, which sounds like more jibberish medical terms right? Its ok buddy– labcoats tend simplify them for our benefit. In simpler terms PDE5 prevents something within our penile muscles known as cGMP – cyclical guanosine monophosphate from breaking apart leading to better blood flow in the area.

Let’s get a little more scientific:

When a man is aroused, nitric oxide/no endogenously releases causing vasodilation of local arteries leading to increases cFree GMP levels in corpus cavernosum smooth muscle cells (say what?). PDE5-I blocks endothelial membranes from breaking down always working to increase cGMP concentrations and thus allowing for an erection.

What About Side Effects?

Like most things we do or ingest, ED medication also comes with its fair share of potential side effects such as headaches, facial flushing, nasal congestion and dry mouth among others & I’m sure you’re thinking “Dude this pill sounds worse than going through puberty times ten!” but that isn’t true! Side effects are usually minimal and short lived, so don’t be too uptight about it unless they become severe.
### Here are some common side effects:
– Headaches
– Nausea/upset stomach
– Blurry vision/changes in color perception


ED medication dosages ranges vary by brand & individual case since a 250lb linebacker requires different dosage from someone half his size if he wants taking Viagra/wants bed Olympics(it happens ok). An average first-time dose is typically around 50mg per day while special cases involving higher dosages prescribed may range anywhere from up to 100 mg(pun totally intended) even though your doctor may specify less/more depending on any medical history like Priapism which can be dangerous!

Talking Doses:

Brand Average Dosage Maximum Dosage
Viagra 50mg/day 100mg/day
Cialis 10/20mg before activity/steady progress note taken 20mg/day
Levitra 10mg before activity with or without food

Remember, ALWAYS follow what your doctor prescribes. Respect the process and don’t overmedicate even if you’re eager to feel like a teenager again!

How Fast Does It Work?

This is one of those moments where your inner child pipes up asking “Are we there yet?”, but in this case – “Am I ready yet?” The answer might be… Yes for some men and no for others as it can vary from patient to patient depending on various factors including dosage taken, metabolic rate & sexual stimulation.

Some things that could impact how fast ED medication works:

  • Eating a large meal: Depending on which pill you go with and what else you’ve got going down-the-hatch, eating something heavy/fat laden prior could alter absorption rates: making the drug less effective or more slow acting
  • Drinking alcohol YAY!: while having some liquid courage may seem like fun.. too much consumption can lead to negative side effects such as dizziness,diminished sensitivity,and decreased bodily control.

That being said; here’s a general guideline many find helpful when wondering about timing:

Brand Onset Duration
Viagra 30 minutes
. 4 hours
Cialis 15 minutes
. 36 Hours

Note:From personal anecdotal observations people have shared they experience the duration times shorter than listed above due reasons outlined earlier (aka metabolism,size,dosage)


There are plenty different options available out there erectile dysfunction patients looking for assistance finding that extra spice underneath the covers!

While these medications aren’t a silver bullet solution curing all aspect of anxiety/psychological elements involved; they can restore some normalcy and hope during an otherwise frustrating experience. Although side effects may occur, risks are relatively low allowing a high safety margin: just remember to follow advice of medical professional in charge!

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