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Using Troches for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual performance. An estimated 30 million American men suffer from ED. While there are many potential causes, ED is most often associated with age, health conditions, emotional issues, and certain medications. While there is no cure for ED, there are treatments that can help.
One treatment option is the use of troches. Troches are small lozenges that dissolve in the mouth. They are typically used to treat mouth and throat disorders, but they can also be used to treat ED. Troches work by increasing blood flow to the penis, which helps to develop and maintain an erection.
While troches are generally safe and effective, there are some potential side effects to be aware of. These can include:
If you experience any of these side effects, stop taking the troche and see your doctor. In most cases, side effects are mild and go away on their own.
Troches are available by prescription only. Talk to your doctor about whether troches are right for you. If you and your doctor decide that troches are a good treatment option, he or she will write you a prescription. You can then have the troches filled at your local pharmacy.
How to Take Troches
Troches are typically taken one to three times per day, depending on the severity of your ED. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take troches.
To take a troche, place it under your tongue and allow it to dissolve. Do not chew or swallow the troche. Once it has dissolved, you can drink water if needed.
You should start to see improvements in your ED within a few weeks of starting troche treatment. If you do not see any improvements, talk to your doctor. He or she may adjust your dosage or try a different treatment option.
The cost of troches will vary depending on your insurance coverage. If you have insurance, your insurer will likely cover at least a portion of the cost. If you do not have insurance, troches can be expensive. A one-month supply of troches can cost $100 or more.
If you cannot afford the cost of troches, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe a generic version of the medication or offer other treatment options that are more affordable.