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Men who have problems getting or keeping an erection may benefit from using avanafil. This medicine works to treat erectile dysfunction by blocking certain chemicals that prevent an erection from occurring. A healthcare provider may also recommend avanafil in the treatment of Raynaud's phenomenon or certain urinary symptoms. However, these are unapproved, or "off-label," uses.
An Overview of Uses for AvanafilAvanafil (Stendra™) is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of medicines known as phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE5) inhibitors. Like the other PDE5 inhibitors, avanafil is approved for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). It is one of several PDE5 inhibitors approved for this condition.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction?Erectile dysfunction occurs when the penis does not become firm enough, or stay firm enough, for sexual intercourse to occur. Erectile dysfunction is sometimes called impotence. However, the term impotence can be used to describe other sexual problems, such as a lack of sexual desire or problems with ejaculation.
It is important to note that a man may occasionally experience difficulty getting or keeping an erection. This is not necessarily erectile dysfunction. Instead, erectile dysfunction describes the repeated inability to get or keep an erection.
Erectile dysfunction can occur for many different reasons. Often there is damage to the nerves, arteries, smooth muscles, or fibrous tissues of the penis due to medical conditions. Some of the more common causes of erectile dysfunction include:
- Medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure
- Medications, including antidepressants and certain blood pressure medications
- Lifestyle factors, such as smoking and drinking alcohol
- Psychological factors, such as depression, stress, or anxiety
- Surgery or injury to the penis, spinal cord, prostate, bladder, or pelvis.
(Click Cause of Erectile Dysfunction for more information on these and other possible causes of this disorder.)