Over-the-Counter “Viagra” for Erectile Dysfunction? Eroxon is the answer.

Man and woman in intimate embrace without experiencing erectile dysfunction

Is there an OTC Viagra Replacement?

According to a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association on May 5, 2024, in San Antonio, TX, the answer is YES. The FDA approved Eroxon (MED3000), an over-the-counter topical gel, in June 2023 to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Manufactured by Futura, Eroxon is expected to be available in 2025. Dr. Hellstrom of Tulane School of Medicine anticipates that this gel could become a first-line treatment option, comparable to well-known Viagra-class medications.

Is Eroxon (MED3000) Effective for Erectile Dysfunction?

In the same presentation, two small studies compared MED3000 to 5 mg tadalafil (generic Cialis) over 12-24 weeks. The studies reported that 45-60% of gel users experienced erections within 10 minutes. The gel was slightly more effective when applied by a partner. Side effects for both drugs were similar, with tadalafil users experiencing a 4% incidence of headaches and MED3000 users experiencing a 2% incidence of penile burning sensation. While the cost in the U.S. has not been set, a four-pack of the gel sells for about $31 in the UK.

How Does Eroxon Work for Erectile Dysfunction?

Eroxon is an over-the-counter gel applied topically to the glans (the penile head) developed to treat erectile dysfunction. It initially creates a cooling sensation followed by warming, which triggers the release of nitric oxide. This relaxes the smooth muscle and promotes the erection process. Its noninvasive application and over-the-counter availability make it an attractive option for men who may feel embarrassed to seek medical help for erectile dysfunction.

Is Eroxon Safe and Effective for Erectile Dysfunction? (Dr. Chris Rao’s Perspective)

Pros:

Doctor sharing his perspective on erectile dysfunction treatments
  • Eroxon provides an additional option for men with erectile dysfunction, which is crucial as individual responses to treatment vary.
  • Some men may have medical conditions or intolerable side effects with PDE-5 inhibitors (Viagra-class drugs).
  • Pills may cause systemic side effects such as headaches, congestion, flushing, and, although rarely, auditory and visual risks.
  • Eroxon might be effective for those who didn’t respond well to other treatments.
  • Rapid onset, crucial for spontaneous sex, is more likely with the gel.
  • The topical gel is over-the-counter and expected to be affordable. The price of PDE-5 drugs has decreased due to generic availability.
  • The gel may have similar effects on clitoral stimulation and could spread to the partner’s genitals during intercourse.

Cons:

  • Skeptics question the results comparing the two classes of medication, especially the claim that PDE-5 drugs can work in just ten minutes.
  • Erectile dysfunction can be an early sign of more serious diseases such as diabetes, vascular disease, endocrinological issues (like low testosterone), or medication interactions (both OTC and prescribed).
  • Proper diagnosis and treatment for the root cause of erectile dysfunction are essential, which may involve medical history, examination, lab tests, and possibly ultrasound.

Bottom Line:

Eroxon (MED3000) may offer a quick-acting, affordable option with fewer side effects for men with erectile dysfunction. However, erectile dysfunction could indicate underlying serious health issues, so proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial.

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