Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the medical name for when a man cannot get and/or keep an erect penis. The word ‘impotent’ may also be used to describe this problem. It is very common and can happen for several reasons, including stress, tiredness and alcohol consumption. It is not harmful, but in a small number of cases may be the sign of an underlying health condition. Fortunately, erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment is widely available, some of which can be bought without needing a prescription. Browse the range of ED treatments available at Medicine Direct below.

Erectile Dysfunction

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  1. Spedra
    Spedra
    From As low as £22.99
    • Works within just 15 - 30 Minutes
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    • Helps men maintain a firmer and harder erection for longer
  2. Cialis
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    From As low as £38.99
    • Take 30 minutes before Sexual Intercourse
    • Used to successfully treat Erectile Dysfunction in Men
    • Lasts much longer than other ED treatments
  3. Viagra
    Viagra
    From As low as £10.99
    • The 'Famous' little blue pill
    • Helps men maintain a firmer, harder, longer lasting erection
    • Takes effect in just 30 minutes
    • Works for up to 4 hours

What is Erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, also sometimes called impotency, is when a man's penis cannot achieve or maintain an erection. This is due to a lack of blood flow to the penis.

Erectile problems are very common and are generally harmless. In some cases, an erection can be maintained by relaxing and being patient. In others, it may be that you are tired, drunk, stressed or anxious, and this is preventing you from getting or staying erect. In some cases, erection problems let you know that there is a health issue you need to deal with. You can also take a variety of tablets to help you get an erection quickly, that lasts for several hours.

Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms

The common symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Problems getting an erection or being unable to get an erection altogether
  • Problems staying erect
  • Reduced sexual desire

If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should seek help from your doctor or pharmacist.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

The causes of erectile dysfunction are varied; some are physical while others are emotional. These include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Tiredness
  • Alcohol, or excessive alcohol consumption
  • A side effect of medication

Porn-induced erectile dysfunction can also be an issue for some men.

If you experience impotency regularly, for example more than half the times you have sex, you should speak to a doctor. This is because it may indicate an underlying health condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease.

Erectile Dysfunction Diagnosis

Most men who suffer from erectile dysfunction can be diagnosed by a doctor after a physical exam and answering a few questions about their symptoms and medical history. You may require further tests or a referral if you have any chronic health conditions, or if your doctor believes an underlying health problem may be present.

If you are tested for an underlying condition, you may have:

  • A physical exam, which may include an examination of your penis and testicles and checking your nerves for sensation
  • Blood tests to check for heart disease, low testosterone levels, diabetes and other conditions
  • Ultrasound to see if you have any blood flow problems
  • Urine tests to look for symptoms of diabetes or any other underlying conditions you might have

Your doctor may also give you a psychological exam, where they will ask you questions to rule out depression and other possible psychological reasons behind your erectile dysfunction.

Sexual health clinics can diagnose this condition and can also help to treat it. Many clinics offer walk-in services, which means you do not even need to make an appointment to see somebody. Often, they are able to get test results back faster than your local GP is.

During your appointment

When you go to your appointment to discuss your problem, a doctor or nurse will ask you about the lifestyle you have, the relationships you have (both sexual and non-sexual), and any problems you may be having that cause stress.

They will check your blood pressure and carry out other basic health checks, as well as examining your genitals, which will allow them to rule out any obvious physical causes for your problem.

Your doctor might examine your prostate if one of your symptoms is needing to urinate more frequently, or any other urine problems. They may also need to perform a rectal examination.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments available to help men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, some of which do not require a prescription.

Erectile dysfunction pills work to help you get and stay hard. They do this by reducing the effect of a chemical in the body called phosphodiesterase type 5, or PDE-5. PDE-5 makes sure that too much blood doesn’t go to the penis during an erection. However, when erectile dysfunction occurs, the chemical overcompensates and does not send enough blood to the penis. This lack of blood means that you cannot get hard. Tablets relax and widen your blood vessels and increase the flow of the blood to the penis.

Medicine Direct offers a variety of erectile dysfunction tablets, including Viagra, Cialis (Tadalafil), Levitra and Spedra. They are all PDE-5 inhibitors and work in the same way. You can order erectile dysfunction pills from these brands here at Medicine Direct in a variety of dosages and pack sizes.

After an online consultation with a doctor, they will give you a valid UK prescription to order your treatment from our online pharmacy. Order by 2pm and we can have your medication with you the very next day.

If you would like to buy erectile dysfunction tablets online, fill out a Medicine Direct health questionnaire here. This will be passed to one of our doctors, who will assess your symptoms and prescribe the right course of treatment for you.

Medicine to lower high cholesterol, such as statins, is sometimes prescribed in cases where the penis's blood vessels have become narrower.

Testosterone medicines are also prescribed in cases where ED is caused by hormonal problems.

Lifestyle changes

Certain lifestyle changes can also help to reduce your problem. If you suffer from erectile dysfunction problems, you may want to make some lifestyle changes, including:

  • Losing weight (if necessary)
  • Exercising regularly
  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing feelings of stress and anxiety

When should I contact my GP?


If you are constantly finding it difficult to gain and/or maintain an erection, you should seek medical help. You can either contact your GP or a sexual health clinic, which can also help to treat ED. Often, sexual health clinics can also get test results back quicker than your local GP can.

Your doctor will perform some routine tests to rule out any other, more serious underlying conditions. They will then be able to write you a prescription for a suitable treatment for your erectile dysfunction.

During your appointment, your doctor will ask you some questions about your lifestyle, your sexual and non-sexual relationships, and if there are any problems that are bothering you at the moment.

They will carry out some routine tests and also check your genitals to rule out any obvious physical cause behind your impotency. If one of your persistent symptoms is needing to urinate more often, or any other urinary problem, they may also need to perform a rectal examination.

What treatments are available?


There are various treatments available to help this condition. Not all medication for this condition requires a prescription from a doctor, but if your problem persists, it is best to visit a doctor to make sure you are not suffering from a more serious condition like high blood pressure or diabetes.

After an online consultation with a doctor, you can purchase various treatments from Medicine Direct, including Viagra, Cialis (Tadalafil), Levitra and Spedra. They are all PDE-5 inhibitors and work in the same way.

You can order erectile dysfunction pills from these brands here at Medicine Direct in a variety of dosages and pack sizes. Following an online consultation with a registered doctor, they can prescribe you the treatment they deem the most suitable for your condition; you can then purchase this medicine from our pharmacy. Order by 2pm and we can offer you next day delivery at no extra cost.

Who is suitable for it?


Treatments for erectile dysfunction are suitable for most men who suffer from impotency. However, some require a prescription from a doctor, so you should always make sure you make an appointment to see a health professional if your impotency persists.

Your doctor will perform an exam to check your suitability for prescription medication. It is important that you inform them of any medication you are already taking (either prescription or non-prescription), as well as any other herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements that may interact with a new medicine for erectile dysfunction.

Where can I purchase erectile dysfunction medicine?


At Medicine Direct, we stock a range of medication designed to treat this condition. Following an online consultation with a certified doctor, where you will fill out a short questionnaire to describe your symptoms and medical history, the doctor will prescribe you the treatment they deem the most suitable for your condition.

From there, you can purchase the medicine from our online pharmacy. Order before 2pm to benefit from free next day delivery. Never order any medicine online unless it is from a UK registered pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), like Medicine Direct. This means we can guarantee genuine and safe versions of the medicine you require. All of our doctors are also registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), so they are legally able to prescribe medicine just like your local GP.

Doctor Notes

Medicine Direct have an experienced clinical team of doctors, pharmacists and dispensers, all of whom are based in the UK. All are fully trained and qualified to provide appropriate and considered care across all areas of treatment we have available at our online pharmacy.

This means that no matter which member of our team is assigned to your case, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a highly skilled medical professional, who possesses the compassion and clinical expertise to properly advise you on the best course of treatment.

We are fully regulated

All of our doctors and pharmacists are fully registered with both the General Medical Council (GMC), MHRA and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Each member of our team has also worked in various clinic settings in the past, such as community pharmacies and NHS hospitals.

Medicine Direct Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh

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This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

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