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Vacuum Devices
Some men cannot safely take medications for impotence, and these medications are not effective in all men. For these men, devices may be an effective alternative.
 
Various vacuum devices are available that work by creating suction around the penis, drawing blood into the penis. Some models are pumped by hand, while others are battery-powered. Usually, these pump or vacuum devices come with an elastic band that is placed at the base of the penis to keep the blood in the penis after the device is removed. It is a good idea to only use such devices when your healthcare provider recommends them.
 
A good vacuum device should also be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These approved devices have been carefully designed to limit the amount of suction that is created, which will help avoid injury to the penis from too much suction. There are many devices available (especially on the Internet) that are not FDA-approved and may not be as safe.
 
Surgery as a Viagra Alternative
For some men, surgery may be a good option. Vascular surgery can help repair damaged blood vessels, which may help with impotence. Also, surgery can be performed to implant devices that can help a man achieve an erection. Usually, surgery is considered only after other treatments have been unsuccessful.
 
Nonprescription Viagra Alternatives
There seems to be an endless variety of nonprescription supplements, herbs, and creams that claim to treat impotence or to improve sexual health. It is important to understand that these products are not approved by the FDA and are not as closely regulated as prescription medications.
 
If you are interested in exploring these options, it is a good idea to ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist to recommend a product from a trustworthy company. Recently, some nonprescription products were found to contain hidden amounts of tadalafil (Cialis). Not only is this illegal, but it is potentially dangerous, as Cialis is a prescription medication that requires a healthcare provider's supervision to ensure a safe treatment process.
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