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How do medications treat erectile dysfunction?

There are several different medications that may be used to treat erectile dysfunction. Some of the most commonly-used medications are oral medications, including sildenafil, vardenafil, and tadalafil. These all work by relaxing penis muscles and increasing blood flow into the penis. Other medications, such as alprostadil, may be injected into the base of the penis using a very thin needle. Alprostadil can also be used as a suppository that's inserted into the urethra. All of these medications have side effects, and not every medication will work for every person. Because of this, it's important to talk to your doctor to decide on a medication and dosage and to adjust your treatment if necessary.

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