Young men who use drugs like Viagra and Cialis recreationally may be more likely to develop a psychological dependence on them, making erections without medication difficult, according to a new study.
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The more frequent ED medicine use was associated with lower confidence in achieving and maintaining erections, which in turn was associated with lower erectile function, reveals findings in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Some men who drink excessively or take recreational drugs such as methamphetamines, cocaine, or ecstasy find it difficult to get and maintain an erection and turn to erectile dysfunction (ED) medications for a temporary solution.
While ED meds (Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis) are considered very safe on their own and there’s no solid research on the effects of recreational use, doctors say mixing them with intoxicants could be unsafe—especially in large amounts.