You know when the pharmacist asks you a load of annoying questions about what other medications you are taking, even when you just want a bottle of Olbas Oil for a cold? Well, there is a good reason, no matter how much it makes your blood boil because some medications are not supposed to be taken together. On their own, that's just fine but together they can cause an altogether different reaction, a bit like mixing cola with Mentos mints.
Erectile dysfunction medication is one treatment that shouldn't be taken with other drugs, and by drugs I don't just mean those over-the-counter ones the pharmacist tries not to sell you. I mean poppers, ecstasy, acid, any kind of illicit drug that you may or may not take. I'm not trying to spoil anything here, or make any judgements. I just want you to be aware of what might happen if you mix these drugs with erectile dysfunction treatments.
Mixing the two is a growing trend, particularly in the gay community. Some find it enhances the experience of sex, but it isn't safe.
Amyl nitrate is an ingredient found in poppers. It's also used as medication for chest pain. It shouldn't be combined with erectile dysfunction meds because one or more of these might happen to you:
It's not just poppers that cause damage; mixing erectile dysfunction treatment with ecstasy may lead to 'serotonin syndrome'. This is when too much serotonin builds up in your body. Although serotonin is the happy hormone, too much is dangerous (same applies to everything in life, methinks). Serotonin syndrome can lead to:
Obviously the above lists are not happy places to be in. The point of recreational drugs is that they relax you and release inhibitions. They can inhibit pain and dilate blood vessels BUT, with this relaxation of social and physical barriers comes the liability that you'll do something you regret, such as forgetting to use barrier contraception.
A combination of poppers and erectile dysfunction treatment can also lead to STI's, and physical damage to your 'private area'. Seriously, unprotected anal sex is beyond risky and when you are more liable to bleeding, erections last longer and you just don't give a damn - that can lead to a world of regret.
It's generally said that you should wait AT LEAST 24 hours before following up erectile dysfunction meds with poppers or other illicit drugs, and vice versa. I'm not your mum, and I'm not trying to spoil anyone's fun, but come on now. People have died from combining poppers with erectile medications, and many others have been made extremely unhappy.
Just be safe OK? There's no excuse now you have the information.