Precautions When Using Erectile Dysfunction Medicines

Usually, physicians prescribe erectile dysfunction (ED) medicines to treat male sexual dysfunction. Some people think that these medicines help to treat all male sexual problems but, you should take certain important safety measures and precautions when deciding to administer them. In this article. We will talk about precautions that you should take before using ED medicines (such as Viagra).


First, you should not use any Erectile Dysfunction drug without a physician’s prescription because it may lead to unpleasant results such as side effects. This medication may interact with several diseases, other medicines, and foods, which may lead to adverse reactions. While administering the tablet avoid alcoholic drinks and grapefruit juice because your risk of severe side effects may also increase.


In case you experience an allergic reaction to the ingredients of the drug or you have any other allergies, inform your doctor before taking an ED drug. You may experience some allergic symptoms while using these medicines (such as dizziness, rash, nausea, and others). Thereby, your healthcare professional may prescribe you other ED medications (such as Avanafil, Tadalafil, or others).

Drug Interaction

However, ED medicines may interact with certain substances and medicines as well as with each other. Usually, drug interaction may negatively affect the effectiveness of an ED drug or even elevate your risk of adverse effects. Check below some examples of drug interaction:

  • Alpha-Blockers
  • Blood Clotting medicines
  • Blood pressure (such as Amlodipine)
  • Diabetes drugs

In addition, if you are using an ED medicine and Amlodipine at the same time, you may experience extremely low blood pressure, which may lead to heart-related diseases (such as myocardial infarction and stroke).

Disease Interaction

There are some diseases that may interact with medical conditions such as heart, liver, or kidney disease. Diabetes is another health condition that may interact with an ED drug and cause serious side effects.

Usually, the active ingredient of ED medications belongs to the class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors. Therefore, if you administer PDE-5 inhibitors with alcohol, it may lead to unpleasant results (including chest pain or discomfort, dizziness, and others). An ED medicine may also interact with grapefruit juice and provoke a serious increase in the blood flow in the body (hypertension).

In addition, these medications usually, start working within one hour and their effect may last up to 5 hours.

How to Administer ED Drugs Safely?

Keep in mind, that if you follow all precautions listed above, you may not experience any of the side effects that may occur using ED drugs. Check below some safety tips:

  • If you experience an erection that lasts longer than 5 hours, contact a healthcare professional right away. This medical condition is called Priapism.
  • Store ED drugs at room temperature (below 30C or 86F degrees) and away from moisture and direct sunlight.
  • Administer the tablet 1 hour before sexual activity and avoid fatty or heavy meals because you may notice delayed effects.
  • It is not allowed to use any ED medication without a doctor’s prescription because it may lead to severe adverse effects.
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