Treatment for impotence most commonly includes medications. Other less common options include counseling and surgery.
Treatment options for impotence include:
- Counseling for impotence:
- For impotence that is due to emotional problems
- Medication for impotence:
- Sildenafil (Viagra)
- Vardenafil (Levitra)
- Tadalafil (Cialis)
- Apomorphine (Uprima)
- Phentolamine (Vasomax)
- Alprostadil (Alprox TD)
- Injectable medications:
- When impotence is due to low testosterone levels
- Testosterone (Androgel, Testoderm, Depo-Testosterone)
- Surgery for impotence:
- Penile implant
Counseling is beneficial for both physical and psychological causes of impotence. Counseling focuses on decreasing anxiety about sexual performance. Counseling can help couples discuss sex and enhance intimacy between one another.
Impotence Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for impotence.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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