This Treatment Fixes ED Better Than Anything Your Average Pharmacy Sells
Walk into any CVS or Walgreens pharmacy with a prescription for erectile dysfunction, and it will likely be for Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis. These drugs have been on the market for some time and have a fairly good track record of success. However, they don’t work for everyone. And they do have side effects.
What most doctors won’t tell you is that there is a treatment that works better than these medications. It’s still a drug treatment, but you won’t find it at your local pharmacy.
The average pharmacy likes to keep things simple. One prescription gives you one drug. If you want to add a second drug to it, then you need a second prescription. This makes their business clean and easy, but it’s not always the best fix for the patient. Sometimes the drugs need to be measured out and combined to ensure consistency and potency for the safety of the patient. So to get a combination of two or more drugs, you typically need to go to a compounding pharmacy.
As the name indicates, a compounding pharmacy specializes in putting drugs together in one easy-to-use package. The great thing about a compounding pharmacy is that they can work with doctors to create a custom drug mixture that works best for the individual. They can adjust the dose of particular drugs and they can make sure each patient gets a personalized dose just for them.
Compounding pharmacies are especially good at mixing lotions, creams, and liquids, which an individual would have a hard time combining exactly on their own.
So if you have erectile dysfunction (ED), you’re not going to get a drug mixture from a standard pharmacy – unless the combination is standardized across the board. And you certainly won’t get a custom-made drug that was mixed right there in the pharmacy.
Compounding pharmacies are not new. In fact, in the early days of what we now know as conventional medicine, the compounding pharmacy was simply the local pharmacy. All pharmacies compounded medications – and some doctors did too. There were areas of the country that didn’t have a pharmacy, so the doctor would have to do it. My great aunt was a doctor in the early 1900s in an area of the West that wasn’t heavily populated. She didn’t have the luxury of having a pharmacy nearby, so she handled all of her own prescriptions.
Compounding pharmacies still play a vital role in medicine today. Even for conventional medications, there are reasons to have custom prescriptions. For instance, some patients can’t swallow a tablet. It doesn’t matter if it’s an FDA-approved drug or a supplement, they can’t swallow it. So a compounding pharmacy can make a liquid formulation that’s not commercially available. This mixture could save the person’s life. Or what if you’re allergic to an inactive ingredient (such as a dye or filler) in an FDA-approved drug? You’re not going to get this drug without that ingredient at the typical pharmacy. But a compounding pharmacy can prepare it without the ingredient. What’s more, these pharmacies have a remarkable safety record considering the millions of prescriptions they handle every year.
And one of those prescriptions is a remarkably effective treatment for ED. It’s called Trimix.
Why Trimix Works When Others Don’t
As you might figure by looking at the name, Trimix is a mixture of three different drugs: alprostadil, phentolamine, and papaverine. Alprostadil is a remarkably effective ED drug in its own right. A remarkable 87% of the men who use it are satisfied with the results. Compare that to Viagra and the other drugs. One study found: “A 50- or 100-milligram dose of Viagra appeared to be the most effective treatment. It performed about 50% better than a placebo. Smaller doses were less effective.”
So the best performing drug the average pharmacy can deliver is only about 50% effective. I’ve seen some estimates as high as 60% – still not nearly as good as the 87% of alprostadil. And, yes, you can get alprostadil at just about any pharmacy. So if you want to start there, it might be all you need. However, there are still some people who don’t respond to alprostadil by itself. That’s where Trimix comes to the rescue.
When you combine alprostadil with the other two drugs, the effectiveness rate goes up close to 100%. That’s because papaverine and phentolamine are well-known ED drugs as well – and all three work very well together. Papaverine causes the smooth muscles in the penis to relax, which allows better blood flow. And phentolamine is a vasodilator. So when you inject it into the penis, it causes blood vessels to dilate, thereby increasing blood flow and causing an erection.
Since Trimix is delivered via injection into the side of the penis, it usually works within five minutes (much faster than oral medications). It has much fewer side effects than the other drugs because you’re not using them systemically. Oral medications affect your entire body. While an injected drug doesn’t stay in one place, it doesn’t have a dramatic systemic effect, so they’re much safer. Some doctors worry about the risk of infections, but compared to other drugs side effects, the risk is very low.
There is a topical form of Trimix called Vitaros available in Europe. We’re still waiting for pharmacies here to start making it. So far, study results are showing positive results. This could be the best possible drug solution for ED, as it’s safe for men suffering from diabetes or heart problems to use, as well as those who have undergone a prostatectomy.