I’ve never been a pill pusher, but there are just some pharmaceutical products out there that can benefit your life that you may be missing out on! Let’s look at the pharmaceuticals that men need to know about, how they affect your health, and why you should be talking to your doctor about prescriptions soon.
There are many types of pharmaceuticals on the market and the number is growing — the FDA approved 50 new drugs for public consumption last year alone. In fact the numbers of new pharmaceuticals are reaching record highs, with the previous approval average nearly doubled in the last 20 years. Some pharmaceuticals are developed explicitly for men such as testosterone stabilizers and erectile dysfunction medication, while others aren’t necessarily for men but are still used predominantly by men. These can include pills for lowering the amount of cholestorol in the body to “smart pills” that are designed to enhance cognitive features of the human brain.
While there are various side effects associated with almost any drug on the market, the benefits of moderated use far outweigh the risks. Modern medicine is a valuable key to increasing physical wellness and prolonging a healthy life.
Testosterone and Sexual Performance Drugs
Men need to be on the lookout for advancements in key pharmaceuticals, especially older men with more dynamic health issues. The two main issues men face are those with hormone inbalances and sexual performance. Testosterone levels naturally decrease with age, and irregular hormone balances is a common issue (having too little testosterone or too much estrogen.) Luckily, pharmaceutical companies have developed a variety of products to assist in resolving hypogonadism and these health issues.
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CIALIS is approved to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and both ED and the signs and symptoms of BPH. Taking CIALIS with finasteride when starting BPH treatment has been studied for 26 weeks. CIALIS is not for women or children.
VIAGRA works for men with erectile dysfunction (ED) by increasing blood flow to the penis so you can get and keep an erection hard enough for sex. Individual results may vary. It’s been proven to help guys with all degrees of ED. VIAGRA usually starts to work within 30–60 minutes.
LEVITRA (vardenafil HCl) is an FDA-approved oral prescription medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. It works by increasing blood flow to the penis to help improve erectile function. The active ingredient in LEVITRA works specifically on the chain of events that occurs in the penis during arousal, when two large chambers in a man’s penis fill with blood.
AndroGel® (testosterone gel) 1% and 1.62%are controlled substances, available by prescription, used to treat adult males who have low or no testosterone due to certain medical conditions.
Androderm® is a prescription medication that can help bring your testosterone levels back to normal with daily use. Your medication stays contained in a 2 mg or 4 mg patch and is covered by a backing that sticks to your skin.
Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure Drugs
The effects of high cholesterol and blood pressure have similar symptoms, and men can become at high risk for both of these dangerous problems as they get older. Consequences can include heart disease, brain disease, kidney failure, stroke, sexual dysfunction, and artery or blood vessel damage, but the complications can vary in degree of seriousness.
LIPITOR is a prescription medicine called a statin that lowers cholesterol in your blood. It lowers the LDL-C (“bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides in your blood. It can raise your HDL-C (“good” cholesterol) as well.
CRESTOR is also FDA approved to slow plaque buildup in arteries, as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to goal.
Plavix is used to prevent blood clots after a recent heart attack or stroke, and in people with certain disorders of the heart or blood vessels.
NORVASC is a type of medicine called a long-acting calcium channel blocker (CCB). NORVASC is used to treat high blood pressure, or hypertension. It is also used to treat a type of chest pain called angina.
Nootropics is a general term given to the pharmaceuticals that are used to enhance cognitive function. While caffeine would fit under this list, there are far more potent products developed by pharmaceutical companies to benefit your brain and increase your mental focus. The field of medication is expected to expand in the future as we learn more about the intricate ways that the brain processes information.
Provigil (modafinil) is a medication that promotes wakefulness. It is thought to work by altering the natural chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
ADDERALL XR is a once daily extended-release, single-entity amphetamine product. ADDERALL XRcombines the neutral sulfate salts of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, with the dextro isomer of amphetamine saccharate and d,l-amphetamine aspartate monohydrate.
Hydergine is reported to increase mental abilities, prevent damage to brain cells from insufficient oxygen (hypoxia), and may even be able to reverse existing damage to brain cells.
Other Pharmaceuticals for Men
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are effective treatments for acid reflux disease. They work by turning off some of the “acid pumps” in the stomach’s acid-producing cells, reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. For many people, prescription NEXIUM can provide 24-hour relief from persistent heartburn pain caused by acid reflux disease.
This purple pill is perhaps the most well known and best working medication for acid reflux disease and symptoms associated with acid buildup in the stomach and heartburn. It’s the prescription strength solution for the man who loves all fatty and fried foods, or has gastrointestinal or stomach issues.
Propecia prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. Propecia is used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area.
You’re probably familiar with Rogaine, the leading over the counter medication for hair loss in men; this is the top prescribed pharmaceutical for hair loss. It can be used for men with a thinning scalp, bald spot, or a receding hairline.
Fluoxetine, also known by trade names Prozac and Sarafem among others, is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It is used for the treatment of major depressive disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
At one time Prozac was hailed as a miracle drug, used to treat mental disorders from depression and anxiety to OCD and bulimia. It’s one of the easiest to acquire prescription medications and is used by millions of Americans to help the common mood and emotion problems associated with depression.
With the growing number of Americans that rely on prescription drugs as cures for many an ailment, we can expect the quality control and negative consequences to be better regulated. The benefits of pharmaceuticals are only partially understood but is one of the largest growing industries in the United States. It goes without saying to repeat that all pharmaceuticals for men carry the risk of negative side effects. Always consult your doctor about possible side effects and the proper dosage for all prescription medication.