Even since former U.S. Senator Bob Dole appeared in the now famous commercial addressing erectile dysfunction (ED), attention and information about the condition has risen dramatically. At that time, the condition, most commonly referred to then as “impotence,” the only medication to treat the problem that anyone had heard of was Viagra. Now there are more than you can shake a stick at.
One of the newer prescription medications to hit the airwaves is Levitra. In addition to the “big three” of Levitra, Cialis, and Viagra, there also are several other medications aimed at increasing sexual pleasure, both available only by prescription and over the counter at the drugstore.
Anyone who has an email account undoubtedly has seen these advertisements. Aside from the drugs designed to increase blood flow to the penis, other products promise penis enlargement; others claim to be herbal, non-prescription alternatives. All share the goal of making the sexual experience more satisfying.
Not all of these medications and products act the same way. Like the other ED drugs in its class, Levitra works by relaxing muscles in the penis and blood vessels. This allows increased blood flow into the penis, producing an erection. Levitra was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2003, five years after Viagra was introduced to the market.
A critical distinction here is that these medications do not, and do not claim, to enlarge the penis, but merely produce an erection for men who could not without assistance. Until treatment of this condition became big business, curing impotence was a subject usually only discussed between doctor and patient. The condition is defined as “the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.”
Drugs to treat erectile dysfunction are not to be confused with products that claim to enlarge penis size. That is totally different marketing, and different medicine. According to the online medical authority WebMD, penis enlargement pills do not work. Any association of the two products is simply an issue of marketing, not medicine.
There also are so-called “herbal” substitutes for the ED drugs. These are products that have not been tested or approved by the FDA for use in treatment of the condition. Effectiveness of the products is in some grey area between the clinically proven ED drugs and the bogus penis enlargement pills. They might work for some, but not as dramatically or as in as many cases. Generally, that statement applies to all herbal treatments: while they might act in a similar fashion to drugs, they generally are much milder and produce less pronounced results.