In 2006, 1,042,431 prescriptions were dispensed for Viagra (Sildenafil) compared to 2,958,199 prescriptions dispensed in 2016.
In recent years there has been an increase seen in males who are otherwise healthy, but are suffering from a sexual dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE) are the most common.
Prescriptions for drugs such as Sildenafil (Viagra), Tadalafil (Cialis) and Vardenafil (Levitra) have more than doubled in the last decade and while the cause of these may be physical or psychological and vary between each patient, we feel the increase recorded is because people are less embarrassed to talk about sexual health in this day and age.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is where a man has continuous issues with sustaining or obtaining an erection, hard or long enough for intercourse. About 5% of men that are 40 years old have complete erectile dysfunction, and that number increases to about 15% of men at age 70. Mild and moderate erectile dysfunction affects approximately 10% of men per decade of life (i.e., 50 percent of men in their 50s, 60 percent of men in their 60s).
Premature ejaculation (PE) is when an ejaculation occurs shortly before or shortly after sexual intercourse occurs. The causes for the sexual dysfunctions will differ from man to man however; for ED it can be because of your lifestyle (consuming too much alcohol, smoking), stress or high blood pressure etc and for PE it has been linked to anxiety, relationship problems, or physical issues such as thyroid problems, abnormal levels of hormones etc.
Your GP will normally try medication first after a series of health questions and a consultation.
If ED is diagnosed there are several medications for treatment, below are the most popular:
Viagra is a medication used for the treatment of impotence and Erectile Dysfunction (ED). The active ingredient found in Viagra is Sildenafil and comes in 25mg, 50mg and 100mg doses. It works to help sustain an erection by increasing blood flow to the penis. Viagra ONLY works when you are sexually aroused and is designed to keep an erection long and hard enough for intercourse. Sildenafil is the generic version of Viagra.
Cialis is a prescription medication taken orally. It is available in 2.5mg & 5mg , and 10mg & 20mg tablet form. Cialis allows the muscles surrounding the pelvis to relax which in turn flows more blood to the body of the penis making it hard.
Cialis can start working within 15-45 minutes of consuming. A generic version of Cialis is available using the active ingredient Tadalafil
Whilst there is no set or agreed time for ejaculation to occur it is usually classed as premature if a climax is reached in less than 2 minutes.
If you feel more than half of sexual experiences result in either of these issues it is important to consult with your GP.
There are popular treatments available such as creams and sprays without the need for prescription to aid those who suffer from PE:
LMX4 is traditionally used as a fast acting topical anaesthetic that has an excellent safety profile. It is used to reduce the pain associated with medical needle procedures. It does this by numbing the skin within 30 minutes of application. LMX4 4% Cream has an advanced liposomal formulation that uniquely enhances the way the active ingredient in the cream penetrates into the skin. Apply a thin layer to the penis and wash off after 15 minutes (before intercourse) so that this does not transfer to your partner and they do not lose sensation.
Stud100 Desensitizing spray contains lidocaine, a well-known anaesthetic. When sprayed on to the penis it penetrates the skin and after 10-15 should be washed off (before intercourse) so that this does not transfer to your partner. You may need to try this in private beforehand to determine how much spray is enough or not enough. Clinical trials have proven that Stud 100 is quick acting, safe and effective.
Leaving a sexual dysfunction undiagnosed can lead to depression and/or anxiety in some cases.
It is important to remember this is not an uncommon condition and there are a wide range of treatments available on prescription or from Pharmacies.
The most popular method of obtaining these medications is via the internet. The dangers of buying medication online can be controlled by looking out for the correct symbols on the website you have chosen to use.
Those patients that are already using a legitimate online pharmacy will undoubtedly already have seen the click-able green cross logo,which is the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Users that click on this particular logo will be taken to the GPhC register of pharmacies and can see verification that this pharmacy is who they are claiming to be.
The EU common logo is required in addition to the GPhC logo and will not act as a substitution. Like the GPhC logo, the;”> EU common logo is click-able, but the hyperlink will direct people to the MHRA’s list of registered online pharmacies. This will be an extra level of security, reassurance and peace of mind for the consumer, who will now be given a guarantee the medicine they receive will be legitimate and safe.
Pharmacy First have teamed up with Pharmadoctor, a fully registered General Practitioner who is also regulated by the CQC. This has enabled us to offer the prescription medication needed to treat our new and existing patients for a whole range of conditions.