I wanted to ask what are the real side affects of dick pills and does it mess with your body? Can it kill you? Just a random question.


Erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are generally quite safe for most men to take. However, there are some medical conditions and medications that don't "mix well" with these prescription medication and that's why they are available by prescription, so that a healthcare provider can evaluate whether a particular patient is a good "fit" for a particular medication or whether taking a certain medication could increase the risk of a person having serious health problems or even dying.


On the other hand, if you are asking about non-prescription medication for erections or penile enlargement, these herbs and other enhancers have usually not been scientifically tested or subject to review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and thus we don't have good ways of knowing whether they are safe or effective (e.g., whether they even work), so I cannot comment on those.


If I were you, I would avoid taking pills or herbs for erections unless a healthcare provider prescribed them to you after meeting with you and reviewing your personal health. When young healthy men have erectile difficulties (pretty common, actually) it is often because of performance anxiety or because they decided to have sex with someone they weren’t actually all that “into” or turned on by. Another common cause of erection problems in young, healthy men is being somewhat or very drunk or taking certain medications. For example, some prescription medications that are used to treat depression, anxiety, or ADHD can have sexual side effects, including problems affecting erections, ejaculation, or orgasm.


Other times, erectile difficulties are an early sign that a man may have, or be developing, diabetes or cardiovascular health problems. That’s why it’s smart for men with questions about their erectile function to meet with a doctor or nurse and talk about their concerns. You can also learn more in books like The New Male Sexuality or The Sexual Male: Problems and Solutions; both are older books but many of my college students still find them helpful.


Debby Herbenick, PhD is an Associate Professor at Indiana University’s School of Public Health and a Research Fellow and sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute. She’s the author of six books about sex; her newest is The Coregasm Workout. Follow Kinsey Confidential on Twitter @KinseyCon & visit us online at www.KinseyConfidential.org

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