Many patients are curious about how medications like Cialis can impact on their erections, some of whom don’t fit the criteria for a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction. They wonder if Cialis (or its cousins Viagra, Levitra or Stendra) can make their good erections GREAT.
The answer is that their erections may be GREAT, but at what cost.
As urologists, we are concerned about three problems that may develop from recreational use of drugs for erectile dysfunction:
(1) Patients may become psychologically dependent on medication. The performance anxiety they already feel my be magnified if they can’t locate that little pill in their pocket.
(2) While it hasn’t yet been borne out in human studies, recreational use may, in the long term, alter the spontaneous ability of an individual to achieve satisfactory erections. This may occur on a cellular or tissue level.
(3) Free and easy access to erection medications may mask serious underlying issues such as low testosterone (hypogonadism) that can be easily treated.