Erection Drugs Change Lives

Erection drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra have changed the sex lives of the millions of men affected by increased erectile dysfunction as they age. 

It is now accepted that between 75% and 90% of men experiencing erectile dysfunction issues do so for physical, not psychological reasons. For many of these men, erection drugs have dramatically increased the number of years they can remain sexually active.

But they have also raised the expectations of millions more that paradoxically cannot be satisfied by erectile dysfunction medication, particularly diabetics and patients with ED following radical prostatectomy (RP.)  For many of these men, erection drugs won’t work.

Add to these men others who are not able to take erectile dysfunction medication for medical reasons (they are taking nitrates or have severe cardiac disease) and there are millions of men who may need more direct intervention (erectile injections, or vacuum pumps) or may seek herbal alternatives like Herbal Ignite for their erectile problems.

A Billion Dollar Industry

Behind the multi-billion erection drug industry lie a class of active ingredients known as PDE 5 inhibitors.

Worldwide prescription-based sales of all erection drugs containing PDE-5 inhibitors in 2010 were more than $4 billion. Add to that an estimated four to eight times the amount in “bootleg” sales – products of varying degrees  of legitimacy and authenticity, often cheap “generic versions” sold on line -  and you can appreciate the extent to which erection drugs have changed older men’s sex lives. 

Social acceptance has been hastened by huge advertising campaigns using internationally recognised celebrities – Presidential candidate Bob Dole for Viagra, and racing driver Sir Stirling Moss and international model Jerry Hall for Levitra.

How Erection Drugs Work

Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and several other newer erectile dysfunction medications all use variations of PDE -5 inhibitors to increase bloodflow to the penis.

PDE-5 stands for an enzyme - phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor. The quality and duration of an erection is directly dependant on the activity of PDE-5 enzymes.

When they appear too early a man is not able to maintain erection, because they block the process which relaxes the muscles which allow blood flow into the penis. Without adequate blood flow, it’s impossible for an erection to develop or hold long enough to complete sex.

Nobel Prize Led to Erection Drugs

The discovery of this chain of reactions – involving the nitric oxide cycle - while pursuing research into cardio vascular health won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for three scientists -Robert F. Furchgott, Dr. Ferid Murad and Louis J. Ignarro.

The possibilities they discovered were capitalised on by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer with Sildenafil (Viagra), the first of the erection drugs, launched in March 1998.

Viagra was followed by GlaxoSmithKline’s Cialis (pharmaceutical name Tadalafil) and Bayer’s Levitra (vardenafil,) both launched in 2003.

Newer Erection Drugs

Newer erection drugs are being approved all the time. Avanafil – with the advantage of quicker action – was approved by the FDA in 2012 and should be available in Australia soon. Another PDE 5 inhibitor drug, Udenafil is not currently available in Europe, North America or Australasia.

Erection Drugs Not For Everyone

Erection drugs do not work for everyone. Around 25 to 30 per cent of the men who take them find they do not work to give them erections. They do not sexually arouse, so if low libido (lack of sex drive) is part of the problem, they will not restore sex drive because the only physiological change they make is to the blood flow to the penis. 


Likewise if low testosterone is part of the problem erectile dysfunction medication will not provide an answer, although studies show that when the testosterone level is restored erection drugs will work to provide an erection.

Try, Try and Try Again

Studies with Viagra showed the likelihood of a successful outcome increased with the number of times it was used, so it is recommended you don’t just give up if it does not provide a great result the first time you try it.

Following a single dose, the chances of successful sex were 55 per cent, rising to 85 per cent by the eight attempts. A plateau of success or failure was reached after eight attempts, and almost a third of patients who eventually succeeded needed more than three attempts. Men with severe ED needed more repeated doses.

The study concluded men needed multiple times using Viagra to become comfortable with it and re-establish an intimate relationship. The study cautioned against the idea of Viagra “fixing ED,” or offering some kind of fantasy “peak” sexual experience however. 

It concluded the drugs can provide a “normal” erection, but the quality of the sexual experience was still primarily influenced by the quality of the relationship outside of the bedroom, and it was important for men to understand the difference between “functional” sex and the “best sexual experience they’ve ever had.”

Herbal Ignite

Thinking that you might need erection drugs, but put-off by the side effects or embarrassing consultations with your doc? Try all-natural herbal ignite and experience the benefits of renewed virility for yourself!