Viagra Alternatives

If Viagra (sildenafil citrate) is not adequately treating your erectile problems, there are several alternatives to consider. Some of these alternatives can include other prescription medications, vacuum devices, surgery, herbal treatments, and lifestyle changes. Because there is no single impotence treatment that works for all men, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about which option is best for your situation.

An Overview of Viagra Alternatives

Viagra® (sildenafil citrate) is a prescription medication used to treat problems with obtaining or maintaining an erection (known as impotence, erectile dysfunction, or ED). It was the first medication of its kind. However, there are now a wide variety of similar medications available.
 
In addition to these similar medications, there are other treatments that may be effective alternatives to Viagra. Some of these possible substitutes include:
 
  • Other prescription medications, such as:
     
    • Other phosphodiesterase inhibitors, similar to Viagra
    • Penile injections or pellets
    • Testosterone injections, gel, or skin patches
 
  • Vacuum devices
  • Surgery
  • Various nonprescription supplements and herbal treatments
  • Counseling and lifestyle changes.
     
Prescription Medication Substitutes for Viagra
Fortunately, there are several different prescription medication alternatives to Viagra. Currently, there are a few different Viagra-like medications available. Each has its own particular advantages and disadvantages, and sometimes one medication will work better than others for an individual. These Viagra-like medications (known as phosphodiesterase inhibitors) include:
 
You should not use any of these prescription medications if you are also taking nitrates (medications for chest pain). Also, some people may not be able to take these medications due to side effects or drug interactions.
 
Another option in such situations is injectable or pellet medications. These medications include:
 
  • Alprostadil injection (Caverject®, Edex®)
  • Alprostadil urethral suppositories (Muse®)
  • Papaverine hydrochloride injection
  • Phentolamine injection.
     
Papaverine, phentolamine, Caverject, and Edex are injected directly into the penis, while Muse is a urethral suppository (a small pellet that is inserted into the urinary opening of the penis). These treatments can be very effective, but are more difficult to take than the oral Viagra-like medications.
 
Lastly, some men with testosterone deficiencies and impotence may benefit from taking testosterone, which comes in many forms, including injections, gels, and skin patches.
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