The clinical pearl of the day in pharmacies: erectile dysfunction

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Erection problems can be a sign of an underlying health problem that needs treatment.

The clinical gem of the day: erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is the inability to get and maintain an erection that is firm enough for sex.

Overview:

  • Problems getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health problem that needs treatment and is a risk factor for heart disease.
  • Symptoms may include difficulty getting an erection, difficulty maintaining an erection, and decreased sexual desire.
  • Erectile dysfunction can be caused by abnormalities in the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels.
  • Risk factors may include certain drug conditions, such as heart disease, smoking, being overweight, injuries, and medications.
  • Processing may include medications such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra), and avanafil (Stendra).
  • Other medicines may include Alprostadil self-injection, Alprostadil urethral suppository, and testosterone replacement.
  • Finally, the devices can also be used as treatment options, which can include a penis pump and penile implants.

Sources:

Erectile dysfunction – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic

erectile dysfunction images – Google Search

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