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Treatment of Impotence

Men who develop difficulty getting or keeping an erection may respond to one of several different medical treatments. By far, the most popular treatment is a type of drug called a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor or PDE5 drug. Drugs in this family include sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra).

PDE5 drugs are widely used for several reasons

  • They are effective for many men, regardless of why a man has developed impotence.

  • They come as pills, and are therefore easy to use.

  • They are generally safe, and in most men, cause few side effects.

Let's start by finding out whether you have tried any of the PDE5 drugs, such as Viagra, Levitra or Cialis. (Since these drugs are available by prescription, most men have not tried a PDE5 drug unless it was given to them by a doctor.)

Have you tried a PDE5 drug such as Viagra, Levitra or Cialis?

Yes, I have tried one of these drugs.

No, I have not.

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