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Viagra not workingWorried of what to do when Viagra fails to work for you? Do not worry, you are not alone. Like you had imagined right, the highly popular erectile dysfunction medication Viagra doesn’t seem to work for all. When Viagra was first introduced in the market in the year 1998, many had felt that their long awaited problem to ED has met with wonderful solutions. Many men with ED disorder rushed to the doctor to give Viagra a try. According to a study, around 17% of men between the age group of 18 and 55 experience occasional impotence, while about 6% of the individuals have regular ED issues. Men aged above 55, this number jumps to about one in every three men. Some of the common causes of erectile dysfunction are known to be heart diseases, psychological issues, and diabetes and is also known to occur frequently in patients after prostate cancer surgery.

Though Viagra works in a way that is similar to that of other drugs that contain nitrates, it is however not recommended for those patients who take nitrates to treat conditions like heart ailments or with certain other heart conditions. For some, it results in severe headaches while for others it simply doesn’t work at all. In some cases, men find difficulty in differentiating blue or green colors when they use Viagra. When there is an erection, there is increased flow of blood to the penis which in turn strengthens the erection.

Getting help from Alprostadil

One drug named Alprostadil, which is either alone or sometimes in conjunction with other meds like Papaverine or Phentolamine, can be directly injected into the penis so as to dilate the arteries. Unlike Viagra, Alprostadil brings a firm erection in about ten minutes which can last for more than an hour. Yet, this also comes with several disadvantages. There are many men who dislike using a needle because of which many men ignore the therapy. Those men who would like to give the new drug a try might experience pain at the injection site or undergo a painful erection that lasts for too long known as priapism in medical terms.

An alternative to this is the Alprostadil which is available in the form of a pellet-like suppository which is inserted into the tip of the penis and gets absorbed through the lining of the urethra. This can help in gaining a strong erection which can last for about half an hour to one. Sadly, these suppositories are learnt to be less effective than those of the injections and could also bring pain along with irritation. A topical gel formulation of the drug Alprostadil was approved by the food and drugs administration of US, however it is not clear if this therapy will be used widely across the globe.

Receiving mechanical help

Using a vacuum constrictive device, the penis is placed in a cylinder with a pump attached and to draw blood towards the penis. A band is placed around the base of the penis in order to sustain firmness. This technique is believed to produce erection which can last up to some thirty minutes. This alternative is also considered a good way as it has minimal to no side effects. Consider doctor’s advice before choosing any of these alternatives.

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