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Here’s Why You Should Take Care Just How Much You Drink This Christmas

Posted Friday 22 December 2017 09:30 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

Indulging in a few festive tipples is understandable, but excessive alcohol consumption at Christmas can have severe consequences

Many of us like a few drinks at Christmas time, but it’s hard to deny the negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption. Understanding more about the possible consequences of drinking is the first step in keeping your consumption balanced and under control. This will help you have a happier and healthier festive season.

The negative effects of drinking at Christmas

Excessive drinking at any time of year puts you at risk of both short term and long-term health conditions, some of which can be extremely serious. These include heart disease, liver disease, stroke, brain damage, nervous system damage and certain kinds of cancer such as mouth, throat and breast.

And since we tend to drink more at Christmas than at any other time of year, it’s important to consider the negative effects of drinking at Christmas, which can really put a dampener on your festive season.


Multiple studies have shown excessive alcohol consumption to be one of the most common migraine triggers. Beverages such as red wine can put you at greater risk of suffering intense throbbing pain in the front or side your head. There is a wide range of effective migraine relief medications available from Express Pharmacy to help get you through the Christmas period.

Weight gain

On average, UK adults gain an extra 1.3 pounds during the holiday season, as we tend to see December as a time of indulgence. Alcohol is a major contributor to winter weight gain, putting you more at risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. More and more people are turning to weight loss medications like Xenical and Mysimba to help them shed excess pounds quickly and safely.

Erectile Dysfunction

One of the negative effects of drinking at Christmas for men is an increased risk of erectile dysfunction. This is often a result of a poorer diet, increased drinking habits, lack of physical activity and sometimes even Christmas-related stress. With this in mind, it is hardly surprising that sales of impotence medications like Sildenafil and Viagra double in the run-up to Christmas.

Guidelines for drinking at Christmas

Staying health conscious in your drinking habits over the festive period is, of course, partly about knowing how much to drink at Christmas, and knowing the up-to-date unit limits for men and women (14 units a week.) However, it isn’t just about knowing how much to drink at Christmas. There are other factors to consider.

Do your research

In order to encourage yourself to drink responsibly this December, brush up on the negative effects of drinking at Christmas. Hearing statistics such as alcohol being a causal factor in over 60 medical conditions will help you understand the importance of moderation.

Take days off

Even though it’s Christmas, you should still abstain from drinking on most days. Give yourself a rule to follow that you will spend more days of the week not consuming alcohol than you do actively drinking.

Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water between alcoholic drinks helps your body clear out alcohol. In fact, it’s estimated that your body needs four-parts water for every one-part alcohol.

Watch your urine

If your urine is a dark amber colour or smells strongly, this is a clear sign that your body is dehydrated and needs more water, less alcohol.

Drink slowly

Drinking slowly gives your body, and particularly your liver, more time to metabolise and flush toxins from your body.

Never drink on an empty stomach

Drinking without eating floods your body with alcohol, forcing your liver to work particularly hard. Carbohydrates and fats are the best food groups for absorbing alcohol effectively, helping you line you stomach and avoid a hangover. By allowing food to absorb alcohol, there remains less alcohol for your body to absorb.

For more information on having a happy and healthy festive season, contact the team at Express Pharmacy. You can use our discreet live chat service or call us on 0208 123 07 03.

Don’t Let Erectile Dysfunction Ruin Your Festive Season

Posted Friday 08 December 2017 09:37 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

Did you know that sales of erectile dysfunction medication doubles in the run up to Christmas, perhaps reflecting the fears of thousands of men that their bedroom performance will fail them over the festive period

Erectile dysfunction affects more than 10% of men under 60, one in five men over 60 and almost a third of men over the age of 70. While the problem is widespread and should not be considered a cause for embarrassment, the fact is that many men’s fear of inadequacy can lead to a reduced interest in sex and overall negative feelings of anxiety and depression.

At Christmas, an increased pressure to engage in sexual activities combined with an increased food and alcohol intake creates a catch 22 when it comes to impotence. Excess alcohol consumption can significantly increase the likelihood of erectile dysfunction symptoms, as can a generally unhealthy lifestyle — which more of us experience at Christmas time.

So it may come as no surprise then that, compared to a typical month of the year, demand for impotence medication increases by as much as 61 per cent in the run up to Christmas, according to research.

These findings suggest that the reasons behind this increase in erectile dysfunction medication usually falls into one of two categories: the emotional strain of Christmas, or the increased desire to get intimate over the festive period.

Finding the best treatment for erectile dysfunction

For men who believe they may need the help of impotence medication, the choice of different products on the market can be somewhat confusing. While almost everyone is familiar with the market-leading Viagra, there are many different prescription medications available today that may be better suited to some men.

Oral tablets are the most popular form of treatment for erectile dysfunction as they are clinically proven to tackle symptoms and provide a reliable and fast-acting solution to impotence. Popular options are Viagra and Sildenafil. Sildenafil is medically equivalent to Viagra but is more affordable because it is not a branded medication. Both of these options, along with several other leading competitors, are available through Express Pharmacy.

Another popular medication is Cialis and its newly released generic alternative, Tadalafil. Like many other erectile dysfunction medicines, Tadalafil and Cialis work by increasing blood flow to the penis, helping men to achieve a firm, maintainable erection when sexually aroused. One of the most popular aspects of these two treatments is the fact that the active ingredient Tadalafil takes effect in just 30 minutes but can provide up to 36 hours of effectiveness – much longer than Viagra or generic Sildenafil.

For more information about treatment for erectile dysfunction, contact the team at Express Pharmacy using our discreet live chat service. Our simple three-step treatment service can get you the erectile dysfunction medication you need in time for Christmas.

Self care to tackle ED

In addition to prescription medication, it is important that men pay attention to their health and wellbeing at this time of year if they wish to avoid the problem of impotence. Generally speaking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, stress and anxiety can have a detrimental effect on gentlemen’s ability to gain and maintain an erection. Yet many men will spend December eating rich food and drinking heavily as the party season progresses.

Paying a close attention to the physical and psychological factors that can influence impotence and taking steps to avoid excess at this time of year can help to complement erectile dysfunction medication.

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Patent on Cialis Expires Paving the Way for Generic Medications. Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Tadalafil

Posted Monday 27 November 2017 11:58 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

Like many prescription medications before it, Cialis has benefitted from a patent that precluded other pharmaceutical companies from producing a drug with the same active ingredient.

As of 14th November 2017, however, the patent on Cialis has expired, making way for a number of other drugs based on the same active ingredient – Tadalafil. These prescription medications are medically identical to the branded alternative and will be widely known as “Generic Cialis”.

What is Tadalafil?

Just like its rival Viagra, which came off patent in 2013, the restrictions on companies creating medically identical drugs to Cialis have now been lifted. And just as Sildenafil (Generic Viagra) became a popular medication in its own right, so we can expect Tadalafil to become a common prescription for men suffering from erectile dysfunction. patent terminated in November 2017. This has instantly led to a flood of generic pharmaceutical companies releasing drugs featuring the same active ingredient as Cialis.

Tadalafil is a form of impotence medication known as a PDE-5 inhibitor (short for phosphodiesterase-5). This type of ED drug works by inhibiting the enzyme that regulates blood flow to the penis, enabling men to achieve a hard and sustainable erection during the course of sexual activity. As with other ED medications, however, Tadalafil only works when sexually stimulated and should not leave a man with a permanent erection.

Among the key differences between Tadalafil and other medications based on different active ingredients is that Cialis may last for up to 36 hours, unlike the likes of Viagra and Levitra, which typically have a 4–12 hour window.

This has made Tadalafil particularly popular with men who want the freedom to enjoy more spontaneous sexual activity and are not able to specify a short window for achieving an erection.

Like Cialis, Tadalafil is also available in a Daily format, based on a lower dosage which can be taken continuously. This makes it well suited to individuals in long-term relationships or who are regularly sexually active.


While Tadalafil and Cialis are medically identical, Tadalafil will be available at a much lower cost than Cialis from the 14th November. By their nature, generic medications are relatively cheap and cost effective.

Are generic medicines like Tadalafil safe?

Quality assurance for both branded and generic medicines such as Tadalafil is carried out by the European Medicines Agency and by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This should provide men with peace of mind that all erectile dysfunction medication supplied through reputable and fully regulated pharmacies like Express Pharmacy are safe.

Never buy any impotence drugs or any other medication from an unregulated website or provider.

Wish to find out more about Tadalafil, Cialis or any other erectile dysfunction medication? Why not use our free Live Chat tool for fast and discreet advice today?


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How Regular Intercourse Can Improve Physical and Mental Health in Over 50s

Posted Monday 20 November 2017 10:43 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

For many it’s still considered a taboo subject, but sexual health in men and women over 50 should never be overlooked as an important aspect of overall wellbeing.

Sex is good for your health. For some people, discussing what it means to have a healthy sex life seems crude, but research shows that if older men feel they can’t talk about their sexual health, then they don’t get help for treatable issues that could be adversely affecting their wider wellbeing.

Statistics show that, happily, over half of men and women over 50 are having sex twice a month or more. However, a quarter of this age bracket admit to suffering from declining sexual function, and another quarter state that they have a problem with sexual function.

Intercourse for men over 50 isn’t a topic which is often discussed, but with movements like Movember in full swing, it’s time to acknowledge how sex can improve health in men over 50, and well as addressing the issues men often face.

What are the benefits of sexual intercourse for men over 50?

Multiple studies have shown that regular intercourse for men over 50 can lead to improved health overall, including major factors like heart health, reduced blood pressure and the release of feel-good endorphins which can act as natural painkillers.

One study by the former head of psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Dr David Weeks, even found that older adults who have regular sex look on average five to seven years younger than those who rarely have sex. This may partially be due to the fact that sex acts as a form of regular exercise, burning as many calories as a run or yoga session on average. It’s also been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, so it’s no wonder that regular intercourse can be so beneficial to health in men over 50.

However, issues like erectile dysfunction can be a cause for concern in terms of sexual health in men over 50

For men, testosterone levels typically drop about one per cent per year from around the age of thirty-five. This can cause tiredness and irritability in men, as well as reduced sleep quality, a diminished libido and, for a lot of men, erectile problems.

Erectile dysfunction is a burden for many men across the UK, and becomes increasingly common as men age. 5 per cent of men aged forty suffer from the condition, and this figure jumps to 15 to 25 per cent by the time men reach the age of 65.

Despite the benefits of intercourse for men over 50, erectile dysfunction can make the process difficult and stressful. The condition can be caused by physical factors such as obesity and diabetes, or by mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. It’s a major concern for health in men over 50, and one which can be treated with medication.

What other issues are affecting sexual intercourse for men over 50?

Other factors can have an impact on intercourse for men over 50, including premature ejaculation. This is a concern which can affect all men and is a condition which should be addressed and can be treated. Whatever your concern, it’s important for older men to seek help, as the benefits of intercourse for men over 50 are clear.

For further information on all aspects of sexual health, contact Express Pharmacy today. You can call us on 0208 123 0703 or get in touch via our discreet Live Chat service.


Abiola ige on Monday 15 January 2018 06:00

I need the right medication for prenature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction


10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Erectile Dysfunction

Posted Wednesday 26 April 2017 21:37 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

impotence medicationErectile dysfunction is a taboo subject, but men who suffer from this condition should know that they do not suffer alone. In fact, a huge number of men have to deal with impotence at some point into their lives – yet for many, the condition remains a mystery.

1. Which common drink could help?

Surprisingly, research has shown that coffee can help overcome symptoms of erectile dysfunction. In a study carried out by the University of Texas, drinking two cups of coffee a day was found to help stimulate a man’s performance in the bedroom.

2. Which country suffers the most?

Japan has the highest number of self-reported incidents of erectile dysfunction in the world. China has the second highest, with the United States coming in third.

3. Are the old wives’ tales true?

It’s a common belief that excessive masturbation can lead to erectile dysfunction, but there has been no scientific link found between the two factors. However, watching a high frequency of porn has been found to affect a man’s sexual performance. Watching a lot of pornographic material can potentially decrease chances of achieving erection with a real-life partner, according to psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair.

4. Who is more at risk?

Research suggests that men with diabetes are particularly susceptible to erectile dysfunction. They tend to suffer symptoms 10-15 years earlier than other sufferers, and are more likely to develop the condition in later life than those without diabetes.

5. Which medications can lead to erectile dysfunction?

Certain medications have been found to potentially cause erectile dysfunction, some of which are very commonly prescribed by General Practitioners. These include anti-depressants, anti-histamines used for allergies like hay fever, corticosteroids used as an anti-inflammatory and diuretics used to treat high blood pressure. Of course, there are also impotence medications available that can counteract some of these when used carefully with the advice and guidance of a doctor or pharmacist.

6. Can erectile dysfunction be a warning?

Yes. Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. These conditions include high blood pressure or even heart disease.

7. What causes erectile dysfunction?

There is no one cause of erectile dysfunction. The condition can be caused by several different issues, including both physical and psychological aspects. More common examples of causes would be the restriction of blood flow to the penis or psychological disorders like depression and anxiety.

One classic at-home test to narrow down the cause of erectile dysfunction is to wrap a line of stamps around the base of the flaccid penis before going to bed. If the line of stamps is broken in the morning, this suggests that the issue is probably psychological as men get a number of erections whilst asleep.

8. How many failed erections constitutes erectile dysfunction?

There is no exact definition for how often a man must experience a failed erection before it becomes clear he has erectile dysfunction. However, the failure to achieve an erection more than 50% of the time is generally considered to constitute erectile dysfunction by medical professionals.

9. How are teeth a factor?

Men with teeth-related issues are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. Several studies have linked periodontal disease or chronic gum disease with erectile dysfunction. This is potentially due to bacteria from poor dental hygiene entering the blood flow and damaging blood vessels, which can affect blood flow to the penis.

10. Who can help you overcome erectile dysfunction?

For a lot of men, erectile dysfunction is embarrassing, and not necessarily something they feel confident enough to share with their GP. You should never feel ashamed to seek professional care, but with Express Pharmacy you can get safe and reliable prescription impotence medication in the most discreet way possible.


Den Harding on Friday 05 May 2017 10:09

SUCH an interesting article re erectile dysfunctionality - I would never have known for example about the hygiene connection with teeth could play a part in the problem. The whole article was great and makes people like me who have a bit of a downstairs problem not feel inadequate ! Didn't surprise me to learn that other medication can have erection dysfunctionality as an unwanted side effect , along with many other again unwanted symptoms. Often you go to doctor for flu and he prescribes medication which eases the flu but gives you a migraine or something ?

Anyway - thanks for your service, you are an excellent pharmacy service. X

Marina Abdalla on Friday 05 May 2017 12:58

Hi Den,

Thank you for reading our blog!

Express Pharmacy Patient Support Team.

Richard lennon on Friday 05 May 2017 19:34

I have found that a longer period of foreplay helps ! I have had type 2 diabetes for 26 years and it's a problem that has its upsides ! Being total honest with your partner has helped me ! The fact that I am not alone and worrying about my performance helps

Look forward to more comments


Anton Lawrence on Wednesday 09 May 2018 10:05

These facts are very interesting and helpful for every person who experiences erectile dysfunction problem. Generic Viagra is the best and effective medication for erectile dysfunction. Plenty of men use generic Viagra pill to get back good erection.

Anton Lawrence on Wednesday 09 May 2018 10:04

These facts are very interesting and helpful for every person who experiences erectile dysfunction problem. Generic Viagra is the best and effective medication for erectile dysfunction. Plenty of men use generic Viagra pill to get back good erection.