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Over The Counter ED Drug Receives FDA Approval
Dr. Lisa Lawless, CEO of Holistic Wisdom
Clinical Psychotherapist: Relationship & Sexual Health Expert
OTC Topical Gel For ED
This article was last updated 7-21-23
The FDA has approved an over-the-counter (OTC) erectile dysfunction (ED) medication as a topical gel called MED3000 (Eroxon). It is the first nonprescription erectile dysfunction in men aged 22 and older.
Before this, men combating erectile dysfunction had to choose between prescription FDA-approved medications or OTC unregulated pills often found in gas stations.
This breakthrough gel is applied to the head of the penis 10 minutes before sexual activity and absorbs into the skin. The active ingredient stimulates the nerves in the penis and releases nitric oxide, an essential component in achieving an erection. The smooth muscles surrounding the penile blood vessels relax, facilitating increased blood flow and allowing for an erection.
In early trials, it has been seen to work similarly to Viagra or Cialis, with two-thirds of the participants reporting a marked improvement in their erection quality. About half of all men will experience ED at some point, so having an OTC drug will help get treatment more readily available.
Topicals tend to have a lower risk of side effects than oral medications, and when it comes to MED3000, trials have found minimal side effects. There were some reports of headaches and nausea.
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You'll benefit the most from any ED treatment when you're generally healthy overall. That means eating a diet that improves health and sexual functioning, exercising, getting good sleep, limiting stress, and treating other health conditions that might cause ED, like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and low testosterone.
We do not know the product's impact on partners when it comes into contact with a partners genitals or rectum. However, in trials, no side effects were reported in sexual partners.
In addition, MED3000 (Eroxon) may inadvertently lead men to bypass visiting their healthcare providers for underlying causes of erectile dysfunction. This could mean potentially serious health conditions that cause ED, such as cardiovascular diseases or diabetes, may go undiagnosed.
If someone is enduring persistent ED, it's essential to seek medical consultation to rule out the possibility of it being triggered by a more severe issue affecting their circulatory system.
When Will It Be Available?
It may be a while before MED3000 is available to buy as Futura Medical, who makes the drug, is still working out the details on a specific timeframe for the U.S. release and determining price.
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