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Erectile Dysfunction - Frequently Asked Questions

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When should I seek medical advice?

You should talk with your doctor if erectile dysfunction lasts longer than two months or if it is a recurring problem. He may be able to establish the cause or he may refer you to a specialist in the area. Successful treatment of erectile dysfunction is very common.

What lifestyle choices can I make to help prevent erectile dysfunction?

As with many ailments of the body the following steps can help prevent erectile dysfunction:

  • Limit or avoid alcohol
  • Stop smoking
  • Regular moderate exercise
  • Reduce stress
  • Adequate sleep
  • Cope with anxiety or depression
  • Seek regular checkups and medical screening tests

When are oral medications for erectile dysfunctions not recommended?

If you've had a heart attack, stroke or life-threatening heart rhythm during the last six months, medications such as Viagra, Levitra or Cialis should not be taken. Discuss additional options with your doctor if you've been told that sexual activity could trigger a cardiac event. Further, do not take these drugs with nitrate medicines, such as heart drugs. This combination may cause dizziness, low blood pressure, circulation and heart problems.