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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.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
Cialis 8.7 420 reviews
Rx B N X

Generic name: tadalafil systemic

Drug class: impotence agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Viagra 8.5 203 reviews
Rx B N X

Generic name: sildenafil systemic

Drug class: impotence agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

sildenafil 8.2 380 reviews
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: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

tadalafil 8.5 544 reviews
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: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Levitra 8.0 131 reviews
Rx B N X

Generic name: vardenafil systemic

Drug class: impotence agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Staxyn 8.7 24 reviews
Rx B N X

Generic name: vardenafil systemic

Drug class: impotence agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Caverject Impulse 9.5 9 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: alprostadil systemic

Drug class: vasodilators, impotence agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

vardenafil 8.0 166 reviews
Rx B N X

Generic name: vardenafil systemic

Brand names:  Levitra, Staxyn

Drug class: impotence agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

alprostadil 7.1 158 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: alprostadil systemic

Brand names:  Caverject Impulse, Edex, Caverject, Muse …show all

Drug class: vasodilators, impotence agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Edex 7.8 46 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: alprostadil systemic

Drug class: vasodilators, impotence agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Stendra 5.7 57 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: avanafil systemic

Drug class: impotence agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Caverject 7.1 14 reviews
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 52 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: alprostadil systemic

Drug class: vasodilators, impotence agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

avanafil 5.8 59 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: avanafil systemic

Brand name:  Stendra

Drug class: impotence agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

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.
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.

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