New York, NY, April 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nearly 30 million men in the United States experience some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED), also referred to as impotence. Despite the prevalence of ED, the embarrassment about erection problems can drive men to the Internet instead of an experienced urologist or sexual dysfunction expert. World-renowned penile implant surgeon, Dr. J. Francois Eid of Advanced Urological Care, P.C., often begins ED treatment with medications like Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra, but he cautions about the dangers of purchasing non-prescription drugs from illegal websites.
While the occasional loss of erection is not cause for concern, men with ongoing problems achieving or sustaining an erection can find very effective ED treatments with the right specialist. "Viagra is a successful ED medication for some, especially in the early stages of ED," said Dr. Eid. "But men are far more likely to overcome ED with the help of a sexual dysfunction expert. Self-prescribing is risky business and ordering drugs online is even more dangerous."
What is PDE-5?
Oral ED treatments like Viagra (sildenafil) help produce and maintain erections by blocking the erection-inhibitor phosphodiesterase V (PDE-5) in the penis. Doing so enables the nitric oxide that's released during sexual stimulation to stay and work in the penis longer, thereby initiating and sustaining an erection.
Dangers of Viagra Online
In 2012, Urology Times published findings from a Pfizer-underwritten study on the illegal sale of Viagra online. A staggering 90 percent of non-prescription Viagra pills sold online were counterfeit. What's more, many were produced in unsanitary basements or bathrooms and contained dangerous substances such as boric acid, rat poison, paint, and gypsum, a substance used in cement and plaster.
Counterfeit Viagra pills and their packaging can look identical to the real thing. "Men are taking their life in their hands by ordering Viagra through illegitimate websites," warned Dr. Eid. "The perceived secrecy or financial savings of ordering ED drugs online can be deadly; the risk is simply not worth it." Viagra is not yet available in generic form and men who order Viagra from non-prescription websites are not receiving a legal form of the drug.
Safe ED Treatment and Expert Care
Dr. Eid's Advanced Urological Care practice in New York City welcomes men from around the world. He performs more penile implant procedures than any other urologist and his internationally recognized No-Touch Technique yields superior, infection-free results. Patients in his care have access to the full range of ED treatments and his expertise is valuable even to those just beginning to experience ED symptoms.
"I offer patients the most thorough investigation of ED symptoms and causes in order to apply treatments best suited to the patient," he said. "That doesn't mean surgery for everyone. I establish a long-term rapport with patients so I can help them achieve a happy sex life whatever their ED stage."
Dr. Eid and his staff treat every patient with the utmost privacy and discretion. "Rat poison and cement do not make for a happy sex life. Stay away from dangerous non-prescription drug websites and seek the expertise of a proven sexual dysfunction physician," said Dr. Eid.
For a confidential consultation with Dr. Eid, visit www.urologicalcare.com or call 212-535-6690.
Source: Advanced Urological Care, PC