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How to make sure you find the right ED treatment for you


If you’re new to erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, it can seem a little confusing. There are so many different types of medication, in loads of different dosages. You may be wondering how to pick the right one. It’s important that you realise that you may need to try out a few different treatments at a few different dosages before you find what works for you. But this guide will show you how to start ED treatment, to ensure that you get the best treatment for you.

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Selecting a Treatment

There are several different ED medications on the market including: Viagra (Sildenafil), Levitra (Vardenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil) and Spedra (Avanafil). Try to pick one that will suit you best, based on how regularly and how spontaneously you have sex primarily. Viagra, Levitra and Cialis take between 30 minutes and 4 hours to work, whereas Spedra can work within 15 minutes. If you’re more likely to have sex every day, a daily pill may suit you better. Cialis is available in a daily form, so you can have sex more spontaneously and regularly. If you have difficulty swallowing tablets, Levitra may be best for you, as it is also available in an orodispersible (chewable/dissolvable) form. Make sure you read up about the different options or ask the doctor to recommend a choice for you. You can also use our ED flow chart to help you make the decision. Our flow chart is based on the NICE guidelines, which are the same tool used by doctors in their prescribing decisions. If you find it hard to choose the best treatment for you, you can buy an ED trial pack, containing the most popular ED medications in a variety of different dosages.

Start with a Low Dose

When you start taking ED treatment, you should start off with the lowest dose. Most ED medications are available in packs of 4 so you should be able to try a few different dosages to see what works best for you.

Wait to Adjust

When you first start taking ED medication, it may take your body a while to adjust. You may have to take ED medication for several days before you see any effects. You may also experience some side effects at first, but these should resolve after a few days. If you experience any severe or prolonged side effects you should seek medical attention.

Increase the Dose

If after a few days of taking ED medication, you still do not experience the desired effects, you may be able to increase the dosage of medication. You should avoid taking more than one pill, but you can buy another pack of pills of a higher strength. It is a good idea to gradually increase the strength of the pills you take, rather than to select a much high strength straight away. This is because higher strength medications can cause stronger side effects.

Try Different Medications

If increasing the dosage of one medication doesn’t give you the desired effects, or if you experience prolonged side effects from a type of medication, you may want to try different treatment options. You could buy the ED trial pack if you haven’t already. This pack contains a selection of different ED medications at different strengths so you can find which one works best for you. Alternatively, most ED medications are available in packs of 4, so you can try them out in small quantities, without having to buy too many at once.

Treat Your Other Health Factors

ED is often caused by health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking and drug use. If the cause of your ED is related to one of these conditions, it is important to ensure that you are receiving the correct treatment from your doctor. But you can also take steps to improve your health in these areas. Try to exercise regularly, eat healthily and lose weight if you need to. There are medications available to help you lose weight and stop smoking if you need them. ED can also have psychological causes. Stress, depression and performance anxiety are common psychological causes of ED. A psychologist, counsellor, sex therapist or doctor may be able to help you tackle these mental health issues. In addition, there are various self-help guides available and you could try taking up a stress-reducing activity such as yoga, mindfulness or meditation. Treating the other health factors that could contribute to your ED, will help prevent your ED from becoming any worse, and you may be able to overcome your ED entirely, reducing your need for ED medication.

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