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Medications for Erectile Dysfunction

Other names: ED; Erection Problems; Impotence; Sexual Dysfunction, Male

A consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Also commonly known as impotence. Medically, the term erectile dysfunction is used to differentiate impotence from other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse

Drugs used to treat Erectile Dysfunction

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
Cialis 8.6 462 reviews for Cialis to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx B N X
Generic name:
tadalafil systemic
Drug class:
impotence agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
sildenafil 8.3 441 reviews for sildenafil to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx B N X
Generic name:
sildenafil systemic
Brand name:
Viagra
Drug class:
impotence agents, agents for pulmonary hypertension
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Viagra 8.5 233 reviews for Viagra to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx B N X
Generic name:
sildenafil systemic
Drug class:
impotence agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
tadalafil 8.4 634 reviews for tadalafil to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx B N X
Generic name:
tadalafil systemic
Brand name:
Cialis
Drug class:
impotence agents, agents for pulmonary hypertension
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Caverject Impulse 9.5 9 reviews for Caverject Impulse to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx X N
Generic name:
alprostadil systemic
Drug class:
vasodilators, impotence agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
vardenafil 8.0 172 reviews for vardenafil to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx B N X
Generic name:
vardenafil systemic
Drug class:
impotence agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
alprostadil 7.1 181 reviews for alprostadil to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx X N
Generic name:
alprostadil systemic
Brand names:
Caverject Impulse, Edex, Muse, Caverject
Drug class:
vasodilators, impotence agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Edex 7.5 49 reviews for Edex to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx X N
Generic name:
alprostadil systemic
Drug class:
vasodilators, impotence agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Muse 5.3 55 reviews for Muse to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx X N
Generic name:
alprostadil systemic
Drug class:
vasodilators, impotence agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Stendra 5.6 61 reviews for Stendra to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx C N X
Generic name:
avanafil systemic
Drug class:
impotence agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Caverject 7.0 27 reviews for Caverject to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx X N
Generic name:
alprostadil systemic
Drug class:
vasodilators, impotence agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
avanafil 5.7 63 reviews for avanafil to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Rx C N X
Generic name:
avanafil systemic
Brand name:
Stendra
Drug class:
impotence agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph

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Alternative treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Erectile Dysfunction. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction.

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Expanded Access Expanded Access is a potential pathway for a patient with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition to gain access to an investigational medical product (drug, biologic, or medical device) for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy options are available.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

Further information

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