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The Risks and Side Effects of ED Drugs

In past blogs, we’ve spent some time talking about a quiet yet incredibly pervasive problem among men: erectile dysfunction. We discussed how, despite the scale of the issue, ED goes largely unnoticed outside the affected, due largely to the desire to keep it secret. 

However, in the same breath, we also talked about how that’s changing for the better. Following a massive influx of research and development within the medical community, solutions have also bred discussion about erectile dysfunction. 

At Total Nutrition and Therapeutics, we don’t shy away from the difficult medical questions and issues. Despite the enormous headwinds behind ED treatments, there’s still much to be desired, particularly when it comes to safety and efficacy. Today, we’re going to discuss the risks and side effects associated with ED drugs, along with a better, safer alternative. 

Popular ED drugs: how they work

Many of us have seen the commercials and advertisements for drugs like Cialis and Viagra. We know that they treat erectile dysfunction–but do we know how? 

In general, these drugs work by blocking certain enzymes and boosting certain chemicals in a way that allows your muscles to relax. This may seem counterintuitive to the aims of ED treatment, but in reality, it’s not; by relaxing the muscles, these drugs also ease blood flow, which is required to achieve an erection. 

Risks and Side Effects

While these drugs are somewhat efficacious, they don’t come without a great deal of risk and a chance of side effects. 


Though they somewhat overlap, the risks of erectile dysfunction drug treatments differ from the side effects in their time horizon. While you may notice side effects shortly after ingesting the medication, risks might not emerge until you’ve taken the medication for some time. 

The longer-term risks of ED drugs, such as Cialis and Viagra, include cardiovascular issues, increased vulnerability to infections, digestive issues, dermatological issues, and much more. 

Side Effects

Take one look at the list of side effects and you might change your mind about whether popping pills to treat your ED is worth it. The list includes

  • Stuffy nose
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Tinnitus 
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea 
  • Inability to differentiate between certain colors
  • Loss of hearing
  • Dizziness 
  • Memory problems
  • Nausea 
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Abnormal ejaculation

The list goes on and on. Furthermore, just glancing at the last item, it’s a bit ironic that medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction would impair another aspect of sexual function. 

A better alternative

Thankfully, there’s a better way. After recent discoveries surrounding the root causes of erectile dysfunction, innovative scientists have created shockwave therapy, which uses an electric pulse to retrain your body. 

In addition to the health risks of ED drugs, by popping pills, you’re only using a palliative–that is, something that only temporarily alleviates the problem. Shockwave therapy is a holistic treatment that fixes the root cause of ED.

Shockwave therapy increases blood flow using your body’s natural mechanisms, thereby eliminating the risks and side effects of constantly introducing your body to drugs that are ultimately synthetic, foreign agents. 

The elimination of risks and side effects only scratches the surface of shockwave therapy’s benefits over traditional drugs. We’ve discussed the benefits in a recent blog. Don’t suffer the compromises of pill-popping a minute longer. Try out shockwave therapy today!

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