Can Viagra Cause Permanent Erectile Dysfunction?

Beyond the potential for priapism (according to Medical News Today), or erections that last longer than four hours, male enhancement pills including VIAGRA® can cause a number of other side effects of which a man would want to be aware. Many people are concerned and if VIAGRA® causes permanent erectile dysfunction. Male enhancement pills aren’t the only option for improving sexual performance, however.

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There’s No Shame in Erectile Dysfunction, But Many Men Want a Solution

Erectile dysfunction (ED) and other forms of diminished sexual health affect the male population, and a man shouldn’t let anyone tell him that it’s only a problem that he experiences once he’s older.

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A study published in the journal of Translational Andrology and Urology found that erectile dysfunction in young males is likely to be dismissed or overlooked, leaving many of them to suffer or resort to treatments that aren’t completely safe.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

There are many possible causes of erectile dysfunction, including but not limited to:

  • Stress
  • Genetic factors
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular problems, including heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Low testosterone
  • Sleep disorders
  • Drug or tobacco use
  • Damage to the pelvic region
  • Age

Many of these causes of erectile dysfunction can and do affect the young male population. Whether a man considers himself young, middle-aged, old, healthy, or out of shape, there may be a cure for his erectile dysfunction. As important as knowing which treatment to pursue is which treatments to avoid.

Viagra Side Effects and How to Relieve Them:

  • Feeling sick – Avoid rich or spicy food
  • Indigestion – Try an antacid but contact your doctor if discomfort continues
  • Headache – Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol. Speak to a pharmacist for advice on painkillers
  • Facial flushing – Keep the room cool, use a fan and drink iced drinks. Flushing should go away in a couple of days.
  • Light headedness or dizzy spells – Sit or lie down if you feel dizzy. Try getting up slowly and don’t drive if you feel dizzy. 
  • Nasal congestion – A nasal spray could help 

Dangers of Male Enhancement Pills

Commercials for male enhancement pills such as VIAGRA® make it seem as if it’s a cure-all with all the benefits of healthy sexual performance and none of the downsides. An assertion like this couldn’t be further from the truth, as even the most “reputable” male enhancement pills come with a number of side effects that will have men thinking twice before taking them. Though there isn’t evidence that VIAGRA® can cause permanent erectile dysfunction, it is important to understand the side effects that may come from such medications.

The most common compounds that medications for erectile dysfunction are:

  • Cialis (tadalafil)
  • Levitra (vardenafil)
  • Stendra (avanafil)
  • Viagra® (sildenafil)

Long-term Side Effects of Viagra

Some side effects of these popular erectile dysfunction medications, according to Healthline, may include:

  • Aches and pains throughout the body, specifically in the back
  • Headaches, which are the most common side effect associated with male enhancement pills
  • Problems with the digestive system, which may include nausea, indigestion, and diarrhea
  • Dizziness that may lead to fainting
  • Changes in eyesight, such as blurry vision, a colored tinge to vision, or complete vision loss
  • Blotchy skin or rashes that extend across the body
  • Congestion
  • An erection that lasts more than four hours, which is also known as priapism
  • Sudden changes in hearing

A man should take each of the side effects seriously, and seek medical attention if they become severe enough that a man is concerned for his immediate or long-term health. These side effects may scare some people from taking oral pills that purport to improve male sexual health, but there are other options.

Shockwave Therapy Has Proven Effective in Improving Male Sexual Health

Shockwave therapy involves low-intensity, high-frequency soundwaves pulsating through the penis. The goal of this treatment is to improve blood flow to the penis while clearing micro-plaque that may be preventing healthy blood flow that can lead to strong, lasting erections.

Various studies, including one published in Therapeutic Advances in Urology, have found that shockwave therapy stimulates significant improvement in patients’ ability to get and maintain erections. Research has found that patients who undergo low-intensity, high-frequency shockwave therapy experience few to no side effects as the result of treatment.

Also Consider the P-Shot® as a Course of Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Another treatment option for males who want to improve their sexual health is the P-Shot®, a form of stem cell therapy through which a man’s own platelet-enriched plasma is drawn from his body and re-injected into his penis (with an assist from numbing cream). The P-Shot® re-routes growth factors into the penis, with the desired effect being longer, stronger erections, increased stamina, and a larger penis.

A peer-reviewed study published in The Journal Of Sexual Medicine found that platelet-rich plasma treatments similar to the P-Shot® produced significant improvements in erectile function amongst the patients studied.

Consider these results, and weigh the potential side effects of alternative treatments such as male enhancement pills when choosing the course of treatment for ED.

Men Can Call GAINSWave® Today to Set Up an Appointment

A man can’t go on living a life without reliable sexual health, can he?

Interested men can find a provider of GAINSWave® Therapy or the P-Shot® today in this directory, and get on their way to improved sexual health.

References

https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/sildenafil-viagra/side-effects-of-sildenafil/ 
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21520123/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1448698/
https://www.jacc.org/doi/10.1016/j.jacc.2021.02.021  

 

Key takeaways:

  • Medications like Viagra are commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

  • Some people may choose to take medications like Viagra off-label to try enhancing sexual performance, even when they don’t have ED.

  • Taking Viagra recreationally can have serious side effects — like causing ED.

  • You should always talk with your healthcare provider before taking a medication like Viagra.

Does Viagra Cause Long Term Damage?

Does Viagra cause long term damage?

Most side effects of Viagra are mild and go away quickly as the drug wears off. But in rare cases, some serious side effects can have long-term complications. For example, Viagra can cause a prolonged erection. If left untreated, this can lead to permanent erectile dysfunction

Does Viagra Stop Erectile Dysfunction Permanently?

Does Viagra stop erectile dysfunction permanently? No Because sildenafil citrate is a treatment, not a cure, for erectile dysfunction (ED), many men may choose to use it for an extended period.

Does Viagra Do Any Damage?

Does Viagra do any damage? Viagra can cause some serious side effects. These can include an erection that will not go away (priapism), sudden vision loss in one or both eyes, and sudden hearing decrease or hearing loss. Some men have also experienced heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeats and even death after taking Viagra.

Can You Take Viagra for Years?

Can you take Viagra for years?

Even when Viagra works, one of the problems for people who need to take it indefinitely is that it becomes less effective over the course of months or years. “This is quite common. Most patients will experience a worsening of their erections after they’ve been on Viagra for a while,”

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