There are potential risks that come with certain treatments of erectile dysfunction.
Drugs may cause side effects or be dangerous to you depending on your health. For instance, medical professionals warn that drugs like Cialis or Viagra should not be used in combination with drugs like nitroglycerin, which is used to treat heart conditions.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) combining these two types of drugs can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure. The Mayo Clinic states that these drugs can also cause runny nose, headache, indigestion, and other physical side effects.
According to the Mayo Clinic, complications may result from taking drugs like alprostadil which can cause priapism, a condition in which an erection will not subside. There can also be side effects depending on how this type of drug is administered. Mayo Clinic warns that if a needle is used to inject these drugs, bleeding and scarring can result at the injection site. Using a suppository can also cause scarring and bleeding, as well as dizziness.
If surgery is being considered, whether to install implants or repair blood vessels, there is also the potential for complications like infection.
Implants can also malfunction, and surgery to repair blood vessels is not effective in older men with a large amount of blockage in their blood vessels, according to the NIDDK.
The risks with alternative treatments include lack of widespread proof as to their effectiveness or safety. Also, like other medications, they can be harmful if used in combination with other drugs.
ED itself can also cause additional problems. It can erode self-esteem and add stress to intimate relationships.
Depending on your circumstance and preference, any of these methods may not be best for you. Make sure you ask about possible drawbacks with treatments your doctor recommends so you can make an informed decision.