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A “Dynamite” Gel for Erectile Dysfunction?

Nitroglycerin-containing gel may someday compete with oral erectile dysfunction drugs as a viable treatment option for ED. Early trials show that it’s effective for some but not all study participants suffering from ED.

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, you’ve probably heard of Viagra. But there’s a “dynamite” new gel for erectile dysfunction that’s been used in trials at University College London Hospitals. Yes, it’s literally dynamite.

Dynamite for your penis

Made with the explosive nitroglycerin, the gel wasn’t as effective as Viagra in trials but did work for about one in four men. About one in 13 men complained of a headache after using the gel.

“Potential advantages include the potential for fast action and ease of use,” says David Ralph, a urologist consulting on the study. The gel’s “use could be incorporated into sexual foreplay, increasing the level of intimacy between couples.” The gel will undergo more studies before it reaches the market.

Nitroglycerin isn’t exactly new in the medical field. Many people take it under the medical name glyceryl trinitrate for the chest pain of angina that’s caused by poor blood flow to the heart.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

There are lots of reasons that men develop erectile dysfunction. Some causes are physical, such as diabetes, heart disease, or surgery for prostate cancer. Other causes may be psychological, such as depression, stress, or performance anxiety.

Smoking or excessive alcohol or drugs can also cause erectile dysfunction. Certain medications may also cause erectile dysfunction.

Current Treatments for ED

In addition to Viagra, current erectile dysfunction treatments include penile implants, penis pumps (vacuum constriction devices that use a cylinder and pump to create an erection), surgery, and GAINSWave (which uses sound waves).

Men with erectile dysfunction may also choose to get injections or suppositories of a drug called alprostadil.

But for most men, simply taking a pill, such as Viagra, is the easiest and most effective solution. With a quick appointment at your doctor’s office, you can get a prescription for Viagra and treat the condition quickly. While other treatments may be in the works, the FDA-approved medication, Viagra, is a safe and effective option to treat ED.

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