According to a 2021 study, the number of ED products available online and in retail stores is increasing. However, people should be vigilant and avoid unregulated ED remedies, including those manufacturers claim to be “natural supplements.”
This article looks at some drugs that help with ED, the risks associated with buying them online, and where to get ED pills safely. It will also discuss alternative ways of treating ED.
People should not buy ED pills online unless they have a prescription from a doctor and are purchasing them from a reputable online pharmacy or telehealth company. The FDA does not regulate online ED products — unless it is an approved medication like sildenafil (Viagra) — to ensure they are safe.
The FDA states that it has found many products claiming to enhance sexual performance that contain undisclosed ingredients. Some of these ingredients are found in prescription medications, such as Viagra and Cialis, and may interact with medications or supplements.
This means that online ED products could contain harmful substances or high amounts of drugs that consumers are unaware of.
The FDA keeps a database of tainted drugs, which is available to view online. A non-exhaustive list of products that contain undisclosed PDE-5 inhibitors includes:
Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors are medications individuals can use to help treat ED. These drugs prolong erections by blocking the action of phosphodiesterase enzyme, which triggers the end of an erection. However, a person must have a sexual drive, or libido, for PDE-5 inhibitors to work.
The FDA has approved the use of four PDE-5 inhibitors for ED:
Getting ED pills without consulting a doctor or pharmacist first is not safe. ED pills that do not require a prescription may not come from a trustworthy company.
Also, PDE-5 inhibitors can cause serious interactions with other medications. For instance, people who take sildenafil alongside medications that contain nitrates may experience severely low blood pressure.
Drug interactions and preexisting conditions are some of the factors a doctor can take into account before prescribing an ED medication to ensure that it will be safe and effective.
Therefore, it is vital to consult a doctor before purchasing ED pills.
People who think that they have ED can speak with a doctor. A doctor will be able to determine which treatment options are best.
For example, for those with ED and metabolic syndrome, a doctor may suggest a weight loss program that could improve their sexual performance. A doctor can also suggest whether a medication or a procedure is more appropriate.
Anyone taking ED pills should consult a doctor immediately if they are experiencing any side effects, such as:
Below are some frequently asked questions about buying ED pills online:
Getting ED medication without first getting a prescription from a doctor is unsafe. Nonprescription ED medication may have undisclosed and dangerous ingredients.
People should avoid online pharmacies or sellers that claim they can offer ED medications without a valid prescription.
Viagra (sildenafil) is the most popular ED pill. It is FDA-approved, backed up by research, and effective for ED. However, it can cause side effects, and a person should discuss which ED medication best suits their health and needs.
Prescription ED medications such as Viagra, sildenafil, Cialis, tadalafil, Levitra, and Stendra are available online.
People should not buy any ED pills from a company that does not require a prescription. ED supplements or pills available without a prescription can include unlisted ingredients, such as sildenafil or other PDE5 inhibitors.
Additionally, a person should never purchase ED pills or supplements without contacting a doctor to ensure the medication is safe. Certain medications may interact with ED pills and cause serious side effects, such as severely low blood pressure.
A person needs to contact a doctor to ensure that ED pills are safe.
Additionally, people should only purchase ED medication from a licensed pharmacy. Licensed pharmacies provide ED pills that the FDA has evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
However, ED pills are not suitable for people who have premature ejaculation but do not experience erectile dysfunction.
No, Viagra is only available as a prescription.
Over-the-counter ED pills do exist. The manufacturers of these pills claim the herbal ingredients help ease symptoms of ED. However, there is not enough scientific evidence that these claims are true. The FDA does not regulate these pills.
Additionally, the FDA warns that over-the-counter ED pills contain undeclared sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. These pills may cause unintentional interactions with dietary supplements or medication, and people should avoid them.
Purchasing ED pills online can be unsafe, as these products are not subject to FDA regulations. They may contain harmful ingredients or high amounts of unlisted drugs. The FDA has already banned numerous ED products.
The safest way to obtain ED pills is to consult a doctor. If the medication is appropriate, the doctor will provide a prescription. A person can fill the prescription online or offline at a reputable pharmacy.
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