Can Statins Be Used In Lieu Of Viagra?

Statins

Erectile Dysfunction is one of the most common health issues among men of different ages. The list of circumstances leading to this condition is long, and possible underlying health conditions as even longer. Nevertheless, today, we’re going to add a little joy to those who still fight with ED.

About three years ago, The Sun published a short article on how Statins affect men with impotence. Medications belonging to Statins are destined to deal with excessive cholesterol levels in both men and women. Do they produce this magical effect?

Most people know that even Viagra had been initially manufactured to deal with heart and blood pressure problems, before the scientists and medical practitioners found out it had a positive effect on men’s sexual life. So, can statins be called a replacement for the magic blue pill?

Statins Explained

Statins are regular medications for patients with high cholesterol levels. They fight the “bad” cholesterol normalizing the functionality of the liver. Unfortunately, if you already have block arteries, Statins will not be of much effective for you. It’s a whole group of medications that can be found under the following names:

  • Crestor;
  • Livalo;
  • Zocor;
  • Pravachol;
  • Lipitor;
  • Altoprev.

Statins are considered robust and dangerous for some of the patients. It’s highly recommended that you see your physician and have a medical check-up before buying these medicines. The most common side-effects are:

  • Pains in the muscles;
  • Problems with the memory;
  • Nausea and headaches.

Some of the most severe side effects are sky-high sugar levels and liver damage.

Statins & Erectile Dysfunction Connection

No one has ever reported about Erectile Dysfunction as one of the statins’ side-effects. Of course, these medications strongly affect the levels of testosterone in men in a negative way. An insufficient amount of testosterone promotes a negative impact on the ability to sustain an erection. Nevertheless, no one was able to prove the fact that statins worsen sexual life. Moreover, pharmacy specialists and physical practitioners believe that in many cases, these meds can become a more cost-effective replacement of Viagra and other ED drugs.

According to the studies of 2014 held with the help of Cochrane Library databases, statins can offer a lot more than the doctors and their patients could ever expect.

Statins & Sildenafil: Positive Impact

Basing on the following information posted by NCBI, atorvastatin can improve a man’s reaction to Sildenafil and other ED medicines. Of course, the number of researches is still insufficient, but these first results already speak for themselves.

There’s an exciting fact proving that Sildenafil (the main component of brand Viagra and its generic versions) can be boosted through accurately estimated dosages of statins. The thing is that in most cases, Erectile Dysfunction is caused by a vascular disorder, which is typical for the majority of men over 40. Statins help to restore and maintain the endothelial cell structure and boost up the blood flow, which is essential if a man needs to sustain an erection.

In case if a man demonstrates a weak reaction to sildenafil-containing drugs, it’s possible to combine it with statins for a more significant result.

  1. Twelve men over fifty participated in the research. They were suffering from ED for more than three years and a half.
  2. The ED cases picked out for the research were moderate and severe. All men were taking Sildenafil for at least 6 weeks before the new drug was prescribed.
  3. In 6 weeks, the test subjects started taking 80mg of atorvastatin a day. The results were reassessed in 12 weeks after the start of the test.
  4. Part of them got placebo pills so that it could be possible to assess the result taking a human factor and psychological auto-suggestion of the test subjects into consideration.

As it was expected, the group of patients taking placebo pills in 6 weeks of sildenafil treatment did not demonstrate measurable results in ED treatment. Those who took atorvastatin daily were pleasantly surprised to know that thanks to the decreased cholesterol levels, sildenafil-containing drugs become more effective.

Statins manage to decrease “bad” cholesterol levels by 43%, thus giving Sildenafil a possibility to perform better. So, if a patient does not respond to Viagra properly, making statin medicines a part of the routine treatment can be very effective. Further testing of this theory is expected, but these observation results already deserve attention.

Statins as Viagra Replacements: Bottom Line

Here’s what we have to say about statins:

  • It’s unlikely that you can use them instead of your regular Viagra pills. These medicines are destined to deal with cholesterol levels and don’t demonstrate a direct impact on Erectile Dysfunction.
  • Statins work in combination with Sildenafil (which is the main active ingredient of Viagra). Decreased levels of cholesterol promote more intensive blood flow and more stable heart muscle functionality.
  • Statins are helpful for those patients who do not experience sufficient effect from Viagra treatment.

It’s highly crucial that you take statins only after a consultation with your medical practitioner. They are very effective and potentially dangerous medications for patients having liver conditions. Stick to healthy habits and try hard to:

  • Stick to a balanced diet with a reduced amount of saturated fats;
  • Exercise daily;
  • Eat lean meat;
  • Get rid of addictions.

Statins cannot replace Viagra, but they can become a reasonable addition for anyone suffering from ED without any severe underlying health conditions. You should understand that the causes of ED can be different. If statins don’t help you deal with your problem, you should pay more attention to your health and lifestyle.

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