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High Blood Pressure and Erectile Dysfunction: Working With Your Doctor

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There is another test that is done sometimes to help determine whether you get erections while you are asleep. The doctor may send you home with a special tape that you wrap around your penis before you go to bed. If the tape is broken in the morning, you've had an erection during the night. That means the cause of your erection problem may not be physical.

Erectile function may be related to high blood pressure, vascular disease, medication side effects, and sometimes may related to stress or depression. After addressing possible medication side effects, your doctor might prescribe a medication, such as Cialis, Levitra, or Viagra.

You should make an appointment with your doctor afterwards to discuss your response to the medication.  If it is not as effective as you would like, you might need a higher dose or possibly switch to a different medication.

It's a good idea to stay in touch with your doctor about your erectile dysfunction. Changes in your health over time may affect your treatment. Since you will already have regular checkups for managing your blood pressure, bring up your erectile dysfunction treatment at those visits.

Remember, there's no such thing as a bad question. Feel free to ask as many of your own, until you're confident that you understand all the risks and benefits of your treatment. Also, it's important to show your doctor all the other medications that you take. 

Doctors genuinely want to work with you to solve your health problems. You can help them help you by taking an active role in your care, bringing up your concerns and asking any questions.

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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on March 23, 2013
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