Male sexual enhancement medication

Male sexual enhancement medication

EVERY man wants to perform at his best in the bedroom and can suffer when sexual problems stand in his way. Most men opt to self-treat or boost their performance by using the many Over-the-Counter (OTC) male sexual enhancers, some of which are claimed to be “Natural”.

The use of enhancers has grown in Africa and Lesotho is no exception. Both young and grown up men devour these products from retail pharmacies at an alarming rate. The question remains – Why? One may also want to know about the safety of these enhancers, especial long term side effects as they seem addictive. Is it the pleasure that digs their early graves?

Some products advertised a “natural” contain traces of phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors (PDE5Is), the same class of medication found in prescription drugs such as Sildenafil (Viagra), which is used to treat Erectile Dysfunction. Use of PDE5Is, e.g Viagra without a physician’s supervision could be risky, hence it MUST be used only when prescribed by a Doctor. Patients with advances heart diseases or who take nitrates, such as nitroglycerin, should not use PDE5Is, as it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. PDE5Is should also be avoided by men with severe liver impairment or end-stage kidney disease.

Those with enlarged prostates who take medications such as tamsulosin, terazosin or doxazosin should only take it with supervision, as interactions may cause dizziness, leading to falls and fractures.
Popular ingredients in most OTC male sexual enhancers and their possible side effects:

l Ginseng: is the most common ingredient in top-selling men’s health supplements; it is a vasodilator hence may result in hypotension at high doses. It can cause headache, upset stomach, constipation, rash and insomnia. It can also lower blood sugar, risky in cases of diabetes.

lHorny Goat Weed: although it has rare reports of toxicity, it may lead to fast heart rate and hypomania (Hypomania literally means “less than mania”. It is a mood state characterized by persistent depression and elevation (euphoria). It may involve irritation, but less severely than full mania )

l Ginkgo biloba: possible side effects include but not limited to , Impaired fertility, Bleeding disorders, seizures, palpitations , nausea/vomiting, Restlessness, Dizziness, headache. There are case reports of spontaneous bleeding from iris (in the eyes) when used with Aspirin.

l Maca: cases of toxicity and a mild increase in liver enzymes and blood pressure have been reported especially at high doses.

l Tribulus: taking high doses of this may result in kidney and liver toxicity.

l Yohimbine: is a well-established product that may improve male sexual function, but it can also cause hypertension, headache, agitation, insomnia and sweating.

Consumers must look into the product’s ingredients label before falling victims of addiction. Community pharmacists also have a major role to play in this regard, there is need for patient education.

Important Considerations When Using Sexual Enhancement Tablets

Although sexual enhancement tablets are typically made from herbal extracts and natural nutrients, they could cause side effects, interfere with the actions of medications or cause complications in men who have certain medical conditions such as hypertension, cardiac diseases and diabetes. Talking to your doctor before taking any type of sexual enhancement supplement can help you to reduce the risk of any problems.

By: Retšelisitsoe Nkhahle

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