Before and after cialis

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Now, that’s not to say that there won’t be enough of the drug in your system to help you get an erection 15 minutes after you take it—or even 12 hours later. But when you’re first testing to see if you will respond to the drug, it makes the most sense to try it when it’s at its peak level.
“Once you know it works, then you can play around with the time,” Dr. Rajfer says.

Test it out several times.

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If you don’t pop wood during the first test, it doesn’t mean you’re sunk. Still, 33 percent of men in the study reported not trying their meds on at least six different occasions, which is commonly considered a standard recommendation.
That number is actually a holdover from how the drug was originally recommended back in the 1990s, says Dr. Rajfer. Back then, the line of thinking was to begin the medication at the lowest dose and try it twice. If that didn’t work, you’d bump up to a higher dose and give that two shots. And so on, until you reached the max.
Now, most men aren’t usually started on the lowest dose, so you don’t necessarily need to try it six different times. But it’s still a good idea to try each dose at least twice before believing it won’t work for you, says Dr. Rajfer. That’s to make sure that you’re not getting messed up by any other factors, like lack of sexual stimulation or a full stomach.

Try more than one med.

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If you’ve failed to respond to one drug, you might be tempted to throw in the towel. That was the most common mistake made by men in the study; 40 percent didn’t try another kind after the first was unsuccessful.
While the study points out there’s no conclusive evidence that a different kind of drug can improve your erection, it doesn’t hurt to try.
“Every patient will respond differently between drugs,” says Dr. Rajfer.
It’s reasonable to assume a change will benefit some guys, and it’s important to exhaust all PDE5 inhibitor options before moving on to the next line of treatment. Often times, that’s a more invasive drug you can try called alprostadil, which is given either through an injection in your penis or a suppository in your penis’s opening.

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Drug similiarities and differences

Except for their duration of action, all erection medications function in similar fashion. They begin to work in about an hour. They work equally well if taken on an empty stomach or after a meal. None produce spontaneous erections, so no mortifying bulges in the produce aisle; they enhance firmness only in the context of erotic stimulation. Their side effects are quite similar, too: headache (16 percent of users), upset stomach (7 percent) and nasal congestion (4 percent). (Important note: Never use erection medications if you’re taking nitroglycerin for angina; the combination can be fatal. Remember how close we came to losing Jack Nicholson in Something’s Gotta Give?)

And you might be surprised to learn how few older men use any erection drug at all: Sales of “vitamin V” have never reached more than about half of what experts predicted when such medications were first approved in 1998. When Cornell researchers surveyed 6,291 older men on the subject, 48 percent reported some degree of erectile dysfunction, but only 7 percent had ever tried an erection drug.

Why so few? One reason is that, compared with women, men are less willing to take medication.

But the main reason is that the drugs enhance intercourse, whereas older couples generally evolve away from the old in-out toward hand massage, oral sex and vibrator play. A “fact of life” for many older lovers is that intercourse is a hassle. Even with drugs, erections may be iffy; even with lubrication aplenty, vaginal dryness or atrophy may cause pain during intercourse. That’s why many older lovers move on from intercourse to other pleasures. And if you’re no longer having intercourse, erections aren’t necessary, so why take a drug?

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