Can Viagra Help You Last Longer in the Bedroom?

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The effects of Viagra are pretty well known these days — the average guy understands that if you have erectile dysfunction (ED), Viagra works to help you get hard. But after the top-level stuff is covered, everybody’s expertise on the topic can start to waver.

What Viagra does is common knowledge. But how Viagra works, whether it has other effects on your sex life and other details of “the little blue pill” can get fuzzy if you ask your buddies or the internet — as can the effects of Viagra on premature ejaculation. 

Premature ejaculation (PE) is one of the most common types of sexual dysfunction, with 4–39 percent of men reporting they’ve dealt with it at some point (although reports are very subjective and estimates vary widely). So if you’re worried you’re coming too fast, you’re definitely not alone. And you’re also definitely not the first person to wonder if Viagra could help. Scientists have wondered this too. 

Below, we’ve cleared up the details about what Viagra does, whether Viagra works on PE and what treatments you should be aware of for PE if you’re struggling right now.

What Is Viagra Used for?

Let’s get technical about Viagra for a second. 

Sildenafil citrate is the active ingredient in this brand name drug. Both the generic and brand name belong to a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 or PDE5 inhibitors, which inhibit a type of enzyme that affects your blood vessels. This relaxes and dilates the blood vessels in your penis amping up the blood flow to your penis.

That extra blood flow is what makes it easier for you to get an erection.

As for how well sildenafil works? It’s a proven effective treatment for ED. Clinical study after systematic review, and all the PubMed and DOI studies you’ll find doing research alone on a Saturday night agree that this ED medication does what it’s supposed to.

Of course, people who don’t understand what it does may get things wrong — like whether it can treat PE. 

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Does Viagra Help With Premature Ejaculation?

We’ll make this quick, but it’s best to start from the beginning. Sildenafil citrate was originally developed for heart conditions. It can still treat those, but it’s now become the face of erectile dysfunction.

As for the effects of Viagra on premature ejaculation, there’s not nearly as much data, and no FDA approval for this use (in fact, no medication is FDA approved for the treatment of PE).

There are a few studies, though, that have looked at the potential effects of sildenafil on premature ejaculation versus a placebo and other treatments. One study published in 2007 of just 180 men looked at the effects of sildenafil and found that those men:

  • Experienced improvements in IELT (intravaginal ejaculatory latency time, or time to ejaculation after penetration)

  • Increased their sexual satisfaction  

  • Experienced a decrease in the severity of their PE 

  • Had sex more often

The study concluded that sildenafil is “very effective and safe to treat PE,” and may also increase confidence. 

An older clinical trial from 2005 also found that men using sildenafil for PE experienced increased confidence and ejaculatory control, a shorter refractory period — the time required to recover sexually after ejaculating — and improved overall sexual satisfaction. 

However, while they did also see improvement in ejaculatory latency time, it wasn’t a statistically significant increase.

And according to one study, sildenafil worked well in combination with the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) paroxetine, a type of antidepressant.

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How Does Viagra for Premature Ejaculation Work?

Experts (the sexual medicine healthcare professionals who study this stuff for a living) haven’t really figured out why ED meds help with PE.

Don’t be too hard on them — it’s an extremely complicated system that we don’t fully understand yet. 

Some things experts think Viagra might do for PE include:

  • Inhibiting the connection between the brain and urogenital system

  • Dilating (opening up) smooth muscles near the vas deferens

  • Boosting the confidence of those with sexual performance anxiety

  • Affecting the nitric oxide in your body

There are a lot of possibilities, but there’s not one clear answer.

Other Premature Ejaculation Treatments

Sexual intercourse isn’t really supposed to have a timer on it, but if your intimacy feels stifled by stamina issues, there are a number of ways to potentially treat PE.

Treatment of premature ejaculation can take many forms, including desensitizing topical creams and sprays or mental health treatment, either with therapy or prescription medications such as antidepressants. There are even exercises that could help you add precious minutes onto the sexual intercourse part of the romantic evening.

Here’s what experts recommend.

Sprays, Creams and Topical Treatments

Mild or moderate premature ejaculation can sometimes be treated using a topical anesthetic that lowers sensitivity in your penis, like benzocaine or lidocaine.

For example, our Clockstopper Climax Delay Wipes and Delay Spray for Men are made using benzocaine or lidocaine to help you control sensitivity without reducing sexual pleasure.

Medications for PE 

We also need to talk about antidepressants. While the FDA has yet to approve them for delaying ejaculation, a range of existing medications are already prescribed off-label for PE, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like sertraline (generic Zoloft) and paroxetine (generic Paxil). 

We offer sertraline and paroxetine for premature ejaculation online, following a consultation with a healthcare provider who will determine if a prescription is appropriate. 

Techniques for Treating PE

For guys wondering how to last longer in bed without medication, you’re going to want to learn to control ejaculation — mind over matter.

Techniques include:

  • Performing pelvic floor exercises to strengthen muscles

  • Using the squeeze technique to delay ejaculation during sex

  • Masturbating to take advantage of your refractory time

  • Thicker condoms to reduce sensitivity 

  • Relaxation techniques to avoid orgasm

Want to try the home remedies first? Our guide to stopping premature ejaculation goes into more detail about these tactics and how you can use them to improve your stamina and sexual function. 

The Bottom Line on Using Viagra for PE

We’re going to be blunt: most people may want to start with the non-prescription at-home methods for premature ejaculation treatments like the squeeze technique or sprays. But if those aren’t working for you, it might be time to try medications. 

If you’re ready to go this route, sildenafil and other medications for erectile dysfunction like tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra) or avanafil (available as Stendra) may help. SSRIs are also another off-label option that could be effective. 

But it’s important to note that these treatments are prescribed off-label for PE, meaning they haven’t been approved by the FDA for this use. They can also carry a risk of side effects or drug interactions for people with certain medical conditions or who are taking other medications.

Remember, there aren’t actually any FDA-approved medications for PE, so here’s what you need to know:

  • Research for the use of sildenafil for premature ejaculation is promising, especially when used in combination with those at-home treatments we mentioned. But more research is needed before any sort of official approval.

  • It’s unclear exactly what Viagra does in addressing PE. It may help calm you down or boost your confidence, or it may decrease sexual stimulation, among other possibilities.

  • Taking Viagra without a prescription or against medical advice — for any reason, both ED and PE included — is dangerous. Always talk to a healthcare provider before taking Viagra.

PE can be lifelong (meaning it has happened since your first sexual experience) or acquired. It can also happen in all sexual activity, or only affect you during certain types of sexual activity or with specific partners.

This article originally appeared on Hims.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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8 Smart Ways to Reduce the Price of Your Prescription Drugs

8 Smart Ways to Reduce the Price of Your Prescription Drugs

If you’re charging prescriptions to a credit card or digging for change in your car and couch every month to scrounge up enough money to pay for prescriptions, you’re not alone.

Around seven percent of U.S. adults can’t pay for prescription drugs they need, according to a 2021 Gallup poll. That’s an estimated 18 million people who say they had to go without at least one prescribed medication in the last three months, according to the poll.

If you struggle to pay for your meds or even worse, go without necessary medications, here’s some good news. With a bit of research and a strategy for finding discounts, you can save on prescription drugs.

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Drug discount cards have been saving consumers money on prescriptions for decades. If your insurance doesn’t cover a prescribed drug or you’re saddled with a high copay, check the price on these drug discount sites to see how much you can save.

  • GoodRX
  • Blink Health
  • SingleCare
  • WellRX

Not up to the research? Ask your pharmacist if they have information on how much you can save with certain prescription discount cards.

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Just because you’ve filled your prescriptions at CVS for the last 10 years doesn’t mean that pharmacy is the only game in town. Check prices at other local pharmacies, including your grocery store. If you can save enough to make the switch worthwhile, dole out your prescriptions among more than one pharmacy.

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Ask your doctor if the prescribed medication has a generic version to save big bucks. “Generic drugs have exactly the same active ingredients and effects as brand-name drugs, but they can cost 30 percent to 80 percent less,” according to the Food & Drug Administration.

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Ordering a 90-day vs. a 30-day supply may save money on certain drugs. Check prices for both quantities before you fill a prescription. You’ll pay more upfront but the savings over three months may be worth it.

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Check with local pharmacies for any discount programs they offer. For example, when you pay $20 (or $35 for a family plan) to join Walgreens’ Prescription Savings Club, you can get discounts on more than 8,000 medications. Plus, you can fill 90-day prescriptions on select generic drugs for the price you’d pay for two 30-day prescriptions.

Bonus: Walgreens’ program also provides discounts on prescriptions for your pets.

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Save money by comparing prices at online pharmacies that deliver prescription drugs right to your doorstep. You may save a lot by ordering online.

 Plus, you’ll save on gas and time by not having to drive to the pharmacy and wait in line.

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Many drug manufacturers offer patient assistance programs if you meet income eligibility requirements. Contact the manufacturer for that pricey drug to find out if you’re eligible for deep discounts on a medication. To get an idea of how patient assistance programs work, visit RxAssist, which lists a comprehensive directory of patient assistance programs.

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It is important to choose your health insurance wisely.  Brokers are trained professionals that can assist you in finding the best plans for your unique needs.  If possible, find a broker that is familiar with plans in your area and that is certified to sell ACA plans.

“The least expensive plan is not always the best or the most cost-effective option.  Sometimes, a silver or gold plan may cost you less due to lower copays on brand name prescriptions. For those on Medicare, always have a broker review your part D (drug) coverage annually.  Even if your monthly premium is not set to increase, there is no way to know that your prescriptions are still covered the same way for the next year unless you do an analysis of this plan,” says Analisa Cleland, an insurance and financial advisor at Coto Insurance.

If you are on a Medicare Advantage plan, have a certified broker review your coverage annually to ensure that your plan is still a good fit for your individual needs.

This article originally appeared on Debt.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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