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Is there a medication for erectile dysfunction that starts working faster than 30 minutes?
Asked Sep 18, 2014

Answer

Waiting an hour before sexual activity for the medication to start working may be inconvenient. Fortunately, there is a medication to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) that has been proven to start working much faster.

There are several available oral medications such as sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra), and tadalafil (Cialis). These medications belong to a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors and work by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide, which is a chemical that relaxes smooth muscles in the penis during sexual stimulation and allows increased blood flow. Typically these medications should be taken by mouth an hour before sexual activity. 

Having to wait an hour before sexual activity before the medication starts to work may be inconvenient. Fortunately, avanafil (Stendra) just may be the solution many are looking for.

Avanafil (Stendra) is the only FDA-approved erectile medication indicated to be taken as early as approximately 15 minutes before sexual activity. Avanafil (Stendra) helped more men achieve an erection in approximately 15 minutes that lasted long enough to successfully complete sexual intercourse when compared to placebo.

Talk to your doctor if you think you have erectile dysfunction. He/she can determine the best treatment for you.

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Anyssa Garza received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She was later recognized for her contributions to research...
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