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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.

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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.

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



How to Avoid a Valentine’s Day Nightmare: A His and Hers Guide

Posted Thursday 02 February 2017 10:54 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

For those in relationships and those who are single, February can be a dreaded month. Not only can the prospect of Valentine’s Day result in a lot of stress, the pressure to have a perfect evening may also be upsetting for men and women.

Couples often find the pressure of making the day extra special particularly daunting. Whether you’ve been married for a number of years, have just entered a new relationship or have scheduled a date with someone new, this issue never seems to go away.

Here we highlight how couples can avoid some of the worries of Valentine’s Day and enjoy Cupid’s presence for all the right reasons.

For him

For men, in particular, Valentine’s Day that brings with it the stress and strain of needing to impress. The anticipation of spending an evening with a partner can bring its own worries. Pressure to perform in the bedroom is a common problem amongst men of all ages, and according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of the NHS, 1 in 10 men experience some form of sexual dysfunction on a regular basis.

Male sexual problems are a common occurrence among men of all ages and sexualities. But with the right advice you can overcome or manage the symptoms of erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence), premature ejaculation and loss of libido so your Valentine’s night can go ahead as planned. Impotence can be a particularly embarrassing problem especially when entering into a new relationship, whilst premature ejaculation can be equally disconcerting. However, it’s important to recognise that ignoring issues like impotence, premature ejaculation and libido loss won’t make them go away, in fact the added anxiety can exacerbate these issues even further.

Make the most of Valentine’s Day — and every day for that matter — by tackling the problem head on. Your GP and pharmacist is there to assist you by providing advice, reassurance and, in some cases, prescription medication to handle your issue. This may include treatments such as Generic Sildenafil or its branded counterpart, Viagra.

Most importantly of all, men should be aware of how widespread and normal these issues are – and how a more relaxed approach can actually benefit an experience in the bedroom.

For her

Women may also feel the pressure to impress when spending some one-on-one time with their partner on Valentine’s Day. Among the most frequent concerns is the possibility of mother nature calling with a period during the most romantic day of the year. While a period itself is completely natural and should be understood by a caring partner, there are times when you may wish to delay the inevitable. If you suffer from particularly heavy periods that result in cramps and severe mood swings, it is possible to take control of your menstrual cycle by using Norethisterone – a prescription medication that contains a hormone similar to the body’s own progestogen.

It should be noted, however, that if you regularly experience heavy, painful periods you should contact your GP or a trained pharmacist. There are several conditions that can contribute to chronic period pains and increased bleeding, including polycystic ovary syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids, endometriosis, hypothyroidism, endometrial or cervical polyps.

The use of the coil, anticoagulants and chemotherapy medication can also cause heavy, painful periods. If you suffer from extreme period pain, you may want alleviate painful cramps with medication like Mefenamic Acid, as well as working with your GP to establish the cause and manage the problem.

For all

Valentine’s Day and other relationship milestones can be filled with expectation. However, it is always crucial to remember that hiding a problem or allowing oneself to become anxious is not a solution. It is always far better to be open and seek a solution to a problem rather than letting it cause further issues. Communication between partners is vital and by making sure you are both on the same page before the big day you can avoid disappointment and ease worries in the process. Remember, no matter how much you want to impress on Valentine’s Day, it is just a normal day, which you can make special without the pressure.

If you believe that you may require medical assistance to help you with an issue ahead of this Valentine’s Day, why not try our Live Chat feature to get fast, confidential advice from our pharmacy team?


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