TEST IT OUT SEVERAL TIMES.
That number is actually a holdover from how the drug was originally recommended back in the 1990s, says Dr. Rajfer. Back then, the line of thinking was to begin the medication at the lowest dose and try it twice. If that didn’t work, you’d bump up to a higher dose and give that two shots. And so on, until you reached the max.
Now, most men aren’t usually started on the lowest dose, so you don’t necessarily need to try it six different times. But it’s still a good idea to try each dose at least twice before believing it won’t work for you, says Dr. Rajfer. That’s to make sure that you’re not getting messed up by any other factors, like lack of sexual stimulation or a full stomach.
While the study points out there’s no conclusive evidence that a different kind of drug can improve your erection, it doesn’t hurt to try.
“Every patient will respond differently between drugs,” says Dr. Rajfer.
It’s reasonable to assume a change will benefit some guys, and it’s important to exhaust all PDE5 inhibitor options before moving on to the next line of treatment. Often times, that’s a more invasive drug you can try called alprostadil, which is given either through an injection in your penis or a suppository in your penis’s opening.