Doctors have been recommending Levitra for erectile dysfunction in men for a few years now. It is often considered when other medications do not work. What makes the difference with this drug that causes it to work when others won't?
Understanding the essence of ED and the treatment
When a man becomes aroused, the nerves send messages to the body to release chemicals that will relax the muscles and allow blood to flow to bring an erection. This is prevented when a specific chemical known as phospodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) breaks down the other chemicals. This is what prevents an erection from occurring.
Levitra works by blocking the PDE5 so other chemicals can still work. The blood will flow longer, allowing an erection to happen. Many people believe that the drug causes the erection and are concerned about one occurring in uncomfortable situations. However, this is not the case because Levitra and other drugs do not cause the chemicals to be released; they only allow them to work when they are released. The chemicals are only released into the body when the man becomes aroused.
Another concern men may have is how long the drug will last. While it varies by the person and other circumstances, the average time is four hours. However, it may begin to lose effectiveness prior to that. Several factors influence its length of effectiveness. Eating a high fat meal can reduce the amount of time it will work as well as increasing the time it takes to begin working.
Age is also a factor and men over the age of 65 may not that it does not last as long. Certain medications may reduce the effectiveness of the drug. Severe liver diseases also can reduce the effectiveness or how long the medicine continues to work in the body.
Even men with diabetes have found success with Levitra. Depending on the dosage, they can see success up to 65 or 70 percent of the time. Men who have had prostate cancer have also seen improvements with the medication. Approximately 35 to 40 percent of men were able to have intercourse when taking the medication. While the success rate is lower than for men with other conditions, it is cause for hope for those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Levitra is one option for treating erectile dysfunction but it is not for everyone. Anyone with a danger of a heart attack should not take the medication. All men should talk with a doctor who knows their history before taking the drug to be sure that they are a good candidate for it.
Erectile dysfunction is a serious issue for many men and can hamper their relationships. However, with the success of medications such as Levitra, it has enabled them to have a more normal love life. As researchers learn more about the causes of erectile dysfunction, they can improve the success rates and allow more men to enjoy love in their lives.