Why Was I Not Prescribed ED Medication?

By Natalya Lopushnyan, MD
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November 10, 2020

The goal of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) treatment with medication is to improve your ED symptoms without interfering with or worsening any other conditions you may have. 

Because ED is often related to other underlying conditions it is not uncommon for a provider to determine someone is not a good candidate for ED treatment based on their medical history. 

At K Health, treating our patients in the safest way possible is our priority. If you have more questions we recommend the following options:

  • Use the K Health app to learn more about your symptoms and connect with a doctor. 
  • Discuss your symptoms with your Primary Care Physician.
  • Make an appointment with your local Urologist.

Reasons someone may not be eligible for ED treatment include:

  •  Your overall health, current medication, or past medical history make it unsafe for you to take common ED medications. Reasons to withhold treatment include: 
    • Recent history of cardiac or vascular events such as MI, blood clot, stroke. Common ED medications may worsen those conditions and lead to further issues.
    • Significant blood pressure issues such as uncontrolled high or low blood pressure, or pulmonary hypertension. Patients with those conditions may substantially worsen those issues while taking ED medications.
    • Currently taking medications that may have a severe interaction with common ED medicines and lead to severe side effects.
  • The ED is more advanced and is unlikely to respond to the medication prescribed. 
  • If ED has previously been treated with intraurethral suppository, penile injections, or multiple oral ED medications (and has not worked), or the patient has a history of penile implants, it is unlikely that oral medication will be beneficial.

K Health articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Natalya Lopushnyan, MD

Dr. Natalya Lopushnyan is a board certified Urologist specializing in Men's Health. She earned her degree in Biochemistry from University of Massachusetts Boston, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Her MD is from Yale. She completed Urology Residency at the University of Washington in Seattle.