There is one thing that scares all men – Erectile Dysfunction (ED). There are many men suffering from it but only a few came to doctors for help. It takes great courage to come and ask for help. The good news is that ED is not a hopeless case. It is treatable.

ED is characterised by an inability to keep an erection. Having this trouble from time to time is normal but if it is an ongoing issue, you should see the doctor right away. ED can result from the combination of physical (like obesity, heart disease, sleep disorders, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure) and psychological issues (like stress, depression, and anxiety).

The most common medication prescribed is Vardenafil Hydrochloride. It is a class medication known for its Phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors. Here are things that you need to know about Vardenafil:

What is Vardenafil?

It is a drug that functions by increasing the blood flow to the penis especially during sexual activity. The increased blood flow will lead to a firm erection. However, doctors are reminding that this drug does not prevent pregnancy. It should not be considered something that can prevent the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases like Human Immunodeficiency Virus as well.

How can it be used?

Vardenafil is in the form of a tablet. It can be taken with or without food sixty minutes before the sexual activity. It shouldn’t be taken more than once every twenty-four hours. If you have other conditions, the doctor will recommend that you do not take it often. The most important thing to do is to follow the direction on the label attentively. If you do not understand something, do not be afraid to ask the pharmacist or doctor. The dosage will be based on your condition. The doctors will start you on average dosage and increase or decrease it depending on your body’s response to the medication.

What are special precautions you need to follow before taking Vardenafil?

Before taking this drug, it is crucial that you tell your doctor if you are taking other supplements and vitamins. It is only for men. If you are allergic to it, do not forget to mention it. If you are taking riociguat or isosorbide dinitrate, isosorbide mononitrate and nitroglycerin, it is not advised to take it with Vardenafil. More importantly, do not take street drugs that have amyl nitrate and butyl nitrate while taking Vardenafil.

What are the side effects?

Side effects can be minor or serious depending on your body’s response. If you experience an erection that lasts more than four hours, sudden loss of vision, blurred vision, dizziness, ringing in ears, swelling of the face, hoarseness, fainting, rash, hives and difficulty breathing, you should immediately go to the doctor. In case of seizure, collapse or difficulty in breathing, you need to call the emergency services right away.

Other people think that ED is embarrassing. If you want help, it is imperative that you see the doctor right away. It may not be serious but it may also be a symptom of an underlying condition. Whatever the case, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor.