Over-the-Counter Drugs for Erectile Dysfunction?


I've been stressed out for a couple of years now due to my work and it has taken a toll on my performance in bed. I can't say that it's anything regular and at this point I'm definitely not ready to go see a doctor about it. If it gets worse, I'll definitely see a doctor, but I'm a bit embarrassed. So I figured I'd experiment with over-the-counter options. What are some safe and affordable OTC boner pills? I'm looking for substitutes for Cialis and other non-prescription options. Are there natural treatments that I can look into?


The optimal course of action would probably be taking advice from your doctor. It's relatively easy to get a prescription for male enhancement pills. But we do understand that not all men are ready to approach their doctor with this issue, and additional pressure is not going to help.

However, you still have to know your prescription options before diving into the world of over-the-counter erectile dysfunction drugs.

Best prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction:

  1. Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate)
  2. Cialis (Tadalafil)
  3. Levitra (Vardenafil)
  4. Stendra (Avanafil)

Viagra - probably the most iconic prescription drug in this category, a tried and tested solution for sexual underperformance. Note that it only works when you're ready for sex. You have to be aroused, so it means that you won't get an erection by merely taking the pill. It's recommended to ingest the pill an hour before sex, but the maximum recommended time for the admission is 4 hours before sex. Side effects may include headaches, back pains, loss of sleep, and other adverse effects. It should not be combined with any hypertension medications.

OTC Viagra

Cialis - another popular prescription drug that is designed to address male impotence issues. The good thing about Cialis, in particular, is that it doesn't require planning the intercourse. The drug is active for 36 hours after admission, which means that you don't have to prepare for sex, as it facilitates erection whenever the man is sexually aroused. It may lead to some side effects. Some of them include muscle pain, digestive disturbance, and headaches.

OTC Cialis

Levitra - another popular drug in this category. However, it's admission requirements are more strict than for some other medications. The pill has to be ingested roughly 30 minutes before sex, and the man has to be sexually aroused for it to work. It does deliver a solid (pun intended) result. Side effects can include headaches, nasal blockage, heart arrhythmia, sweating, etc.

OTC Levitra

Stendra - this drug i very similar to Levitra, as it also requires careful planning. It should be taken around 30 minutes before the sexual intercourse, and the man has to be aroused for it to work. It may cause diarrhea, nausea, back pains and other side effects.

OTC Stendra

Now that we're done reviewing your prescription options let's take a look at options that are often referred to as 'OTC Viagra' or alternative erectile dysfunction medications.

Over the counter erection pills:

  1. Kamagra
  2. Male Extra
  3. VigRX Plus
  4. Rhino 7
  5. Libido Max
  6. Zyrexin
  7. Extenze

Kamagra - is an Indian alternative to Viagra, and it even contains the same active component, sildenafil citrate. So it's applications, and side effects are similar to those of Viagra. Please note that this medication may not be approved in your country, so check its status before ordering. For example, it's not approved by the FDA in the US and also can't be imported to the UK.

OTC Kamagra

Male Extra - it's one of the few natural alternatives to prescription drugs that work. It contains ellagic acid, zinc, and other natural elements that promote consistent erection. It is a supplement, so it's preferable to let your doctor know that you're taking this medication.

Male Extra

VigRX Plus - a modified version of the somewhat popular VigRX, which is claimed to work better than the original. It is also a dietary supplement that consists of naturally occurring elements and compounds, like red ginseng and bioperine.

VigRX Plus

Rhino 7 - another cocktail of natural herbs and vitamins designed to improve the erection. Like many of the supplements in this category, it contains ginseng. But apart from it, there's also licorice and other more exotic ingredients, like cinnamon bark. It's usually taken an hour before the intercourse.

Rhino 7

Libido Max - this dietary supplement promotes blood flow improvements within the male reproductive system. One of its distinctive features is the collection of potent amino acids that facilitate its effectiveness. These include naturally occurring L-tyrosine and L-arginine.

Libido Max

Zyrexin - is a popular over-the-counter male performance enhancement supplement that's widely available in drug stores. It contains only natural elements, like stearic acid, titanium dioxide, and starch. The effects of Zyrexin can last up to 24 hours, and you can ingest the pill an hour before the intercourse.


Extenze - another herbal supplement that claims not only to improve performance, but also the actual size of the member. It contains some of the more common ingredients, like black pepper seeds, ginseng, pumpkin seeds, and zinc. It does have a shorter effect, compared to most of the other products in this list, lasting up to only 6 hours.


A lot of the non-prescription drugs and supplements above can be easily purchased online or even at your local Walgreens, Walmart, or CVS store.

There are some purely natural and dietary options, which can help men eradicate erectile dysfunction (ED). Pomegranates include ellagic acid, which is widely considered to be a relief for ED. Zinc is a natural element that positively affects a variety of biological functions of our body, among them are improved sexual potency and the quality of semen. Pistachios, dark chocolate, tomatoes, and watermelon are among some of the everyday products that promote better sexual function. But remember that all these are just supplements. They will work better with actual medications.

The content of this answer does not constitute professional medical advice. The information above is presented for educational purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis or a treatment plan. You should seek professional medical assistance and take advice from your doctor.

Comments (4)

Jonh C.

Very good information for anyone trying to decide how to choose which ED medication is right for him.


Did this vigrx plus increase the penis size length and width?


VigRX increases blood flow which means your penis can hold more blood. It can make your erections thicker and longer.


I have a ton of knockoff Cialis kicking around, from which I get zero side effects. I'd occasionally take one, and have super girth sessions. I haven't done this in a long while though, as lately my sleep and general health is extremely on point and it's just entirely unnecessary.

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