Oral medications (sometimes called “erection pills”) are the most common treatment for ED and are generally effective.
These ED medications can cause a dangerous and irreversible drop in blood pressure if they're taken with certain other medications, including nitroglycerin or any other nitrates used for chest pain.
Less serious side effects may include vision changes, headache, flushing, back pain, and upset stomach.
Another treatment for ED is injecting Caverject (alprostadil) into the penis just before sex. Suppositories of the drug placed in the urethra may also be used instead of injections.
Testosterone therapy may be tried as an ED treatment if a man has below-normal levels of the hormone testosterone.
Manual devices can also be used to treat ED.
Electric or hand-powered vacuum pumps remove air from a hollow tube placed over the penis, drawing blood into the organ. Placing a ring around the base of the penis then helps maintain the erection.
Men who don't respond to any of these ED treatments may decide to have semirigid rods surgically implanted in the penis.
Surgery may also be used to repair damaged or obstructed blood vessels, which can cause or contribute to ED.
If your ED seems related to psychological factors, your doctor may recommend counseling or psychotherapy.
Natural Remedies for ED
Lifestyle changes may help prevent or resolve ED, and most are important for your overall health, too.
Helpful steps include:
Managing stress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns
Getting treatment for drug or alcohol abuse
Maintaining a healthy relationship