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I went to the doctors for some viagra, due to erectile disfunction. The doctor sent me for blood tests, I have given a blood sample today.
She mentioned that viagra could be bought from the chemists, so I did that. It had little effect. I bought 4 tablets from the chemist, it cost me £20 - apparently it is half the price via a doctors prescription.
If you Google testosterone, it tells you that exercise, eating more protein and vitamin D and others can increase your testosterone levels.
I am not excessively over-weight, I have good blood pressure, cholesterol level and I do get a moderate ammount of exercise. I am in a new relationship after being single for quite a few years, I am 55 yrs old.

Anyone experience of this issue?

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This is not necessarily to do with testosterone.  Lots of things cause ED.  Testosterone could be an issue, but so could a blocked blood vessel, prostate issues and a whole load of other things.

 

Viagra has no testosterone in it, and it doesn't work like a hormone would.  It works by varying the pressure in your blood vessels, and was originally tested as a cardiac drug, but it turned out to have some very interesting side effects for some of the people who took it in trials.

 

What dosage of sildenafil did you take?  The initial recommended dose is 50mg, but it's likely that the dosage available over the counter is the 25mg strength.  The tablets are available by prescription up to 100mg, so if your dosage didn't do much then there's always the possibility of using more (dependent on the actual cause of your ED and your doctor verifying that a higher dose is actually safe for you with your individual risk factors, of course).

 

Don't despair, there's every likelihood that there's something that will help out there.

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If you can get an erection alone, the problem is likely to be mental rather than physical. 

 

Perhaps, after having been single for a bit, you are experiencing performance anxiety.

 

My advice would be to take things slow.  Pleasure her in bed via other means, perhaps you could ask her to use her hand or other body part and see if you can maintain your readiness then.

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From experience and not google - testosterone will not help ED. neither will the mass of health products from Holland and Barrett.

If during the night or in the morning (usually when busting for the loo) you gain an erection then the issue is likely to be physiological and not a physical restriction.

Although it is always wise to let the Dr's finger do the talking with a prostrate exam.

 

Viagara connect is the usual recommend daily dose of 50mg per tablet. The GP can prescribe sildenafil tablets which are 100mg and they usually advise half a tablet.

They are not miracle workers and if you haven't followed the guidelines they can be pointless,you can also have some nominal side effects but tbh some of them do indicate they're actually working.

Extreme tiredness,anxiety,depression,over eating  before taking the tablet,can all restrict the benefits of the tablet.

 

Your GP may also be able to give you a private prescription - which for me was cheaper than the NHS script but it may not be the case at all pharmacies.

A friend of mine mentioned recently that the statins he was currently taking were having a similar effect as viagara on him and he's 60+.

 

If you want to discuss this further by pm please feel free to contact me.

 

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1 hour ago, Dear Forum... said:

I went to the doctors for some viagra, due to erectile disfunction. The doctor sent me for blood tests, I have given a blood sample today.
She mentioned that viagra could be bought from the chemists, so I did that. 

Your doctor should not be recommending that you do anything until she has the results of your blood tests and has discovered the underlying reasons for your condition.

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I had this a year or two back. It was down to stress. The tablets are not cheaper from the chemist. It's been a while but I seem to remember you got at least ten tablets in a prescription....which is £9 at the moment. The doctor should be starting with the lowest/standard dose to see if they work first. Maybe see a different doctor.

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I have just Googled, if you look online I believe that you can buy Trostan Gel, much cheaper from your GP though.

Looks like you just need to answer a few questions, I always though all such medications were prescription only.

 

Testosterone replacement therapies are used for men who have low testosterone levels and also clinical symptoms of the deficiency. It is not for use by men who have normal levels of testosterone, as to do so could cause side-effects rather than produce any benefits.

 

https://www.theindependentpharmacy.co.uk/low-testosterone/tostran

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There does seem to be an accomodation when it come to HRT, its all very trendy to proscribe HRT for the ladies; maybe the men will be next.

Baldness due to lower testosterone levels will be a thing of the past.

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I'm sure sure coming to an anonymous internet forum asking for advice on medical issues and drugs is a great idea.  It's why doctors and chemists exist.

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6 minutes ago, bendix said:

I'm sure sure coming to an anonymous internet forum asking for advice on medical issues and drugs is a great idea.  It's why doctors and chemists exist.

That is why I find it confusing that viagra is prescription only, so there is very little knowledge about it, unless you Google, but you can just go to a chemists and get 4 tablets for £20

 

Yet HRT was given to women in the 1970s, despite a 8-fold increased risk of endometrial cancer

That issue has now been resolved, although there are still risks. Ladies can get HRT, free on the NHS

 

Both sexes hormones decline with age, but are they treated equally?

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There appears to be a  reluctance in this country   to prescribe testosterone to men.

 

The 'get out' is aways "your levels are normal for a man of your age" What use is it having the levels of a man of 60 or 70 if he has the interest of a man much younger.

 

 

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33 minutes ago, Janus said:

What use is it having the levels of a man of 60 or 70 if he has the interest of a man much younger.

I read somewhere that a bloke took their local NHS Trust to court/tribunal for prescribing him only two Viagra tablets a week because that is what NICE has decided reflects the average sexual activity of a man of his age. Unfortunately I can’t remember what age the dude was, but he wasn’t 100! 😵

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