When you’re in the throes of a midlife crisis, the last thing you want to hear is “Take a chill pill, my man.” But that’s exactly what you’re going to hear if you go into a drugstore and ask for “Viagra.”

It might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re in crisis, but when your doctor prescribes you Viagra, it’s likely that he or she also has something else in mind. More likely than not, your doctor is going to suggest something along the lines of Cialis or Levitra. If not, then it might be time to see if Viagra is really the best option for you.

Viagra: The Basics

It’s fair to say that Viagra is one of the most popular drugs of its kind. With a global market capitalization of about $16 billion and about 14 million prescriptions written annually, you would assume that this popular drug is good for everyone. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Viagra is one of the most dangerous drugs out there. It has the capability to ruin your life if you’re not careful enough when using it and/or if you take it for granted.

So, how exactly does Viagra work? Let’s find out:

How Does Viagra Work?

Like many other drugs, Viagra works by altering the functioning of the body’s natural physiology. In the case of Viagra, it does this by relaxing the muscles in the blood vessels (corresponding to the tissues) so that blood can flow smoothly throughout the body. Without enough blood flowing smoothly through the vessels, you can experience migraines, flushing, dizziness, and headaches. For some people, these side effects can be serious, even life-threatening. In fact, according to a 2002 report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been over 100 cases of serious side effects reported because of Viagra. Some of the risks include chest pain, fainting, and heart attacks. If you’re taking any medications or have a history of heart disease or blood pressure problems, then it’s best to consult your doctor before taking Viagra.

What’s The Difference Between Viagra, Cialis, And Levitra?

Before we answer that question, let’s take a step back and examine the three pillars of male erectile dysfunction (MED): Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. With an estimated 16.1 million American men currently struggling with this issue, it’s clear that this topic is near and dear to a lot of people. So let’s examine this problem in a bit more detail.

Viagra, which is a brand name for Sildenafil citrate, was first approved for medical use in the United States in 1998 and has since become one of the most popular treatment options for men struggling with erectile dysfunction (ED).

On the market for almost 20 years, Viagra is a medication that you may have heard of (and possibly even tried). If not, it’s about time you should have. Viagra is a fairly popular drug and is usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of ED treatment. However, it’s important to note here that not all men will benefit from taking this medication, as it has various side effects which some people find problematic. These include headaches, flushing, and heart palpitations. If you’re going to consider this option, then it’s important to consult with your doctor to find out if it’s right for you.

Another medication often suggested for ED patients is Cialis. Also a PDE-5 inhibitor, Cialis was approved for medical use in 2002 and immediately became another option for men struggling with ED. Cialis is a little more expensive than Viagra, but for people who need it, it’s often a cheaper option. This is because doctors don’t have to prescribe it as often as they do Viagra since it doesn’t metabolize as quickly into its active form as Viagra does. Cialis is also available in a variety of forms, including sublingual tablets and liquids. The major difference between Cialis and Viagra is in its side effect profile. While Viagra usually yields a positive effect, contributing to its relatively high user satisfaction, Cialis has been known to cause insomnia, dry mouth, nervousness, and constipation. So while Viagra is often seen as a panacea for men with ED, Cialis can be an option for those who need it and don’t want to pop a Xanax for their anxiety.

Unlike Viagra and Cialis, Levitra is a relatively new option for men suffering from ED. Also a PDE-5 inhibitor, Levitra was granted breakthrough therapy status in the United States in 2014 and subsequently approved for medical use in 2015. While Levitra and Viagra share the same mechanism of action (MOA), they vary in several ways. First off, Levitra is a bit more expensive than Viagra. This is because it’s more difficult to get a prescription for this medication (it has to be prescribed specifically for you). Additionally, while Viagra is an effective ED treatment and has been proven to increase the frequency of ejaculations, Levitra has been shown to directly increase the diameter of the blood vessels in the penis, which in turn leads to an improved erection. In other words, while Viagra works on the same basic principle as morphine (which is why many people call it “Moor-Phedia” after the inventor, Dr. Moses PHEKHELLI), Levitra is more effective because it actually works on multiple fronts (not just the peripheral nerves like morphine does). So while both drugs have proven effective in clinical trials and have helped men around the world, each drug is better suited for a particular person. Which one you choose depends on your situation.

Which One Is Best For You?

As we mentioned above, Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are all potent medications with unique side effect profiles. So which one is better suited for you? That depends on several factors. First, how long have you been struggling with ED? Second, how severe is your ED? And third, how much are you willing to spend? We’ll discuss each of these factors in turn.

How Long Has It Been Since You Were Last Erectile?

If you’ve been dealing with ED for a while and are confident that your doctor has given you the right prescription, then it’s time to try something new. While it can be helpful to try several different medications before finding one that works best for you, if you’ve been dealing with this issue for a while and are unsure of which drug is best, then it might be a good idea to start with something simpler. After all, it’s better to keep your doctor’s appointment and find out what’s wrong than to end up taking a drug you might not need after all.

The first factor that doctors usually consider when treating ED is the patient’s history of the condition. For instance, did you recently start experiencing ED or have you been experiencing it for a while? If you’re just starting to experience ED, then Docu-Kevum is a non-invasive treatment option that you can try before investing in other treatment methods. This is because this device uses a microporous silicon membrane to absorb excess liquid from the bladder and thus prevent blockages. Once the surgery is complete, you’ll need to take it easy for a few months to allow the urethral sphincter to heal properly.

How Severe Is Your ED?

Another factor that doctors consider when treating patients with ED is the patient’s overall health. Specifically, does your doctor think that your ED is more severe than you’re letting on? If you’ve never really spoken with your doctor about how you’re feeling or if you’ve been trying to keep things hush hush because you’re worried about what doctors think, then it’s time to have a conversation with them. Of course, this is a conversation that you want to have with your doctor, so don’t be afraid to be open about how you’re feeling.

Many times, patients will keep their ED a secret from their doctor because they’re afraid that their doctor won’t believe them or will think that they’re somehow trying to deceive him or her. However, as we’ve discussed before, keeping secrets from your doctor is likely to make things worse. So it’s important that you be completely open with your doctor about how you’re feeling and what you’re going through.

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