The dangers of taking Viagra when you don’t need it

Many men may be tempted to enhance their sexual performance with drugs for erectile dysfunction (ED) when they don’t really need them. But abusing these drugs can really damage your health and is not recommended.

Drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are all part of a drug family called phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors. They are meant to help men with ED, but are not meant for recreational use — even though these drugs are commonly misused by men who do not have ED. The drugs help men get an erection, but they are not meant for men who simply want a longer or larger erection.

The dangers of misusing ED drugs include:

  • Drug dependence.
  • Developing ED when not using the drugs.
  • Cardiovascular risks.
  • Potentially fatal mixing of ED drugs with club drugs.
  • Increased risk of unsafe sex.
  • Increased risk of sexually transmitted disease.

Heart Risk

Certain men are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. If you have low blood pressure, take medications for high blood pressure, take nitrate medication for chest pain, have congestive heart failure or have active coronary heart disease, you are at a higher risk for cardiovascular problems from taking ED drugs.

Millions of men with ED are able to use ED drugs safely, but it is important to use caution. Do not take anyone else’s prescription. Before taking drugs, you need to see your doctor and discuss the risk factors. Be cautious about buying Viagra over the Internet. Many men think that they can buy these drugs online for privacy; but online pharmacies frequently sell fake, contaminated, ineffective, expired drugs that are unsafe. Buy only from legitimate pharmacies so you know exactly what you are taking. A certified pharmacy requires a prescription from a qualified healthcare professional. If you want to buy online, only use Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites.

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Natural Ways To Boost Sexual Performance

If you are looking to boost your sexual performance, learn how to increase testosterone naturally instead of relying on medications. A healthy lifestyle will go a long way toward helping you in the bedroom. Exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and not smoking are going to help your sexual performance. There are also several supplements and foods that can help boost testosterone.

One supplement formulation contains ingredients that help support men’s sexual health and natural testosterone production: EveryDay Male® is a daily supplement that contains 13 ingredients that help men increase libido and ability to maintain erections. EveryDay Male® helps men dealing with other symptoms of low T such as improving mood, strength and lean muscle mass. Some of the ingredients include amino acids such as L-arginine for erectile health as well as acetyl-L-carnitine and L-citrulline.

Helpful Foods

Foods can also boost sexual performance. These include beets, pistachios, watermelon, oatmeal and pomegranate. These foods are safe and natural and do not put your health at risk or cause cardiovascular risks for you. In fact, these foods are good for your heart. Eating other heart-healthy foods, like the foods found in the Mediterranean diet, improves your cardiovascular health. That, in turn, improves the quality of your erections, which depend on good blood flow. In fact, ED can be a sign of heart disease; both conditions can be caused by clogged arteries.

The bottom line is if you are looking to enhance your sexual performance, be informed and look toward natural ways to boost your testosterone and erectile strength. Supplements, foods and a heart-healthy lifestyle can give you every day sexual benefits; but taking ED drugs when you don’t need them makes you dependent on them to get an erection. If you take medications when you don’t have ED, you might be giving yourself ED because, as a consequence, you may not be able to get erections when you are not taking them.

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Dr. Geo Espinosa

By Dr. Geo Espinosa

Dr. Geo Espinosa is a naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist and certified functional medicine practitioner recognized as an authority in holistic urology and men’s health. He is Clinical Assistant Professor and holistic clinician in Urology at New York University Langone Medical Center. As an avid researcher and writer, Dr. Geo has authored numerous scientific papers and books including co-editing the Integrative Sexual Health book, and author of the best selling prostate cancer book: Thrive, Don't Only Survive.