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04 Feb 2013

ED Problem
Hope you can advise, I am 65 years of age, would like to have an active sex life but ED is a problem for me. My partner is a very keen and compassinate lover and very urderstanding. Have spoken to my doctor he put me on Viagria, but I don''t like using it firstly does not help me with my erection and secondly I wake up with a servre headache. he then put me on Cialias it helps a little sort of get semi erect, I asked him can i take two tablets to which he did not comment, maybe he did not hear me. Can you please advise if taking two Cialias would there be a problem.
Many thanks for constructive replies/comments.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Rod,

The dosage for the use of cialis and viagra etc is standardised. I would not suggest you up the dosage, this could lead to possible complications, also depending on the rest of your medical picture.

You do not mention other medical conditions. If you suffer with diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy, metabolic syndrome, depression, anxiety etc,could also impact on the effectiveness of the medication.

It is not uncommon for men to start using these medications after a period of having had problems with their erections and have developed performance anxiety around sex and have lost confidence.

The older we are as men the amount, focus and intensity of stimulation we need to obtain and maintain an erection also needs to be increased due to natural changes that occur with aging.

The medication only facilitates the process of getting an erection, you still need to be healthy, confident and be getting the needed stimulation for the erection to happen.

I often advise my clients to start of with masturbation and using fantasy or porn in a safe environment where they can be relaxed, there is no demand for performance etc once they start using the medications.

Having a few experiences of feeling the effects of the medication and figuring the stimulation that works can increase confidence and lower anxiety for a sexual encounter with a partner.

Do discuss the dosage with your doctor, factoring in any other medical conditions you may have.
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