Nonsurgical Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction (cont.)
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Yohimbine, an herbal product, comes from the bark of a West African tree. Its use in treating erectile dysfunction is questionable, and, in studies, yohimbine is only slightly better than placebo (no drug at all).
Nonetheless, yohimbine is considered safe with few known side effects. The usual daily dose is a 5.4-mg tablet taken 3 times a day.
Men with low sex drive and erectile dysfunction may have low levels of testosterone (the male hormone). As a general guideline, a testosterone level of 300 ng/dL or less is considered low, but this varies depending on the laboratory that does the testing and the time of day the sample is taken.
Hormone replacement may be beneficial, especially when used in combination with other therapies for erectile dysfunction; however, testosterone supplementation alone is not particularly effective in treating erectile dysfunction.
Sexual desire (libido) and an overall sense of well-being are likely to improve when serum testosterone levels (the level of the male hormone in the blood) are restored.
Replacement testosterone is available in the following forms:
If your doctor prescribes long-term testosterone replacement therapy, you will have follow-up visits to assess your testosterone levels, to periodically monitor your blood counts, and to undergo regular prostate checks, including digital rectal examinations and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood tests.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/27/2014
Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS
Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Martin I Resnick, MD
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