Can male enhancement pills cause RLS (Restless leg syndrome)?


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Male enhancement pills are the first choice for many men when it comes to sprucing up the sexual life for recreational purposes or medical reasons, as though the prescription one is prescribed by the doctors, especially for those who are suffering from erectile dysfunction.

Any sexual enhancement pills, which are not regulated by the FDA or any other governing body are illicit, counterfeit and fake and fail to produce the desired results as wanted by many men during sex for an intense sexual performance.

Since it is not unusual that erectile dysfunction is a global male sexual disease, highly prevalent among the young men aged between 30 and 40 years old, the symptoms of chronic erectile dysfunction are observed or experienced with age. The older populations as well the middle aged men aging about 40 years of old are also susceptible to suffer from this dissatisfying and frustrating sexual disorder, making their sexual life unbearable and bringing it to the edges of destruction over times for a constant failure of successful sexual activity during sex with their partners.

Why Erectile Dysfunction Hinders The Successful Sexual Activity?
Erectile dysfunction is an inability to get or maintain an erection despite sexual stimulation due to the rigidity in the muscles of the penis that stretches during the erection. Despite the presence of every element of the sexual stimuli, you cannot flex your muscles for the perfect erection that may help you engage in a successful sexual activity till the orgasm with your partner.

This is what that leads you to be affected by sexual dysfunction like that of erectile dysfunction if you continue to suffer from the performance anxiety, and fail to achieve and maintain an erection for a prolonged period. This is a matter which needs a serious medical attention as the whole process of erection is itself a tough and complicated procedure, involving all the major organs to facilitate it.

Every man, even the young guys experience this sexual disorder at some point of time in their lives. For some it comes and goes, but for many it persists for indefinite times, and refuses to go away at ease.

Well, many without knowing what exactly triggers the onset of this sexual disorder prefer using over-the-counter male enhancement pills to prescription male enhancement pills as they require a prescription and involve a lot of discussion regarding the concern between the doctor and the patients. Due to inhibition to sexual narrations being exposed to the public, many prefer concealment and seek help from the unregulated and easily available sexual enhancement drugs to address their issues. And if you have the similar issues, you are no exception then. For you, male enhancement pills seem the only way out to stave off the sexual disorders permanently as well as boosting your sexual stamina and endurance.

With male enhancement pills being manufactured without any regulation and the proper manufacturing processes, they are highly susceptible to be counterfeited, and hence the likelihood of health risks is at all time high with their use. Despite the warning from the FDA, the market is brimful with such products. Now, when erectile dysfunction is at rise, and the younger generation are susceptible to use the male enhancement drugs to treat their problems, or otherwise for recreational purposes. The danger is lurking in these enhancement supplements .

Dangers Of Male Enhancement Pills
First of all, we must understand that a large number of health supplements are touted to be all natural and beneficial to specific purposes. And male enhancement pills are no exception as well. When it comes to erection issues, the most common well-known ED medications are sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra). These are prescription drugs and they are primary PDE5 inhibitors responsible to restrict the blood flow to the penis and cause an erectile dysfunctions. PDE5 inhibitors increase Nitric Oxide in the blood, and acts as a vasodilator to facilitate the blood flow to the penis and help aid an erection. Upon administration of these drugs, you can get and maintain an erection necessary for an intercourse once you are sexually aroused.

However, these drugs are linked to causing a number of side-effects to the consumers, with the most common being headaches, acid reflux or digestive system related disorders, blurry visions, dizziness and body aches and pain.

While these prescription drugs are subject to causing side-effects, their counterparts-male enhancement pills are claimed to be safe from such side-effects and contribute to enhanced sexual perks. However, as per the FDA, a large number of male enhancement pills or drugs are found to have the key components of the prescription drugs Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, meaning over-the-counter pills or supplements are not safe as well.

In addition to this, as prescription ED pills widen the blood vessel to facilitate the blood flow; it is linked to impacting the blood pressure largely and lowering the blood pressure at an extreme point to increase the health risks, and even death.

However, the risks of prescription ED pills are avoidable as the doctors prescribe them based on the medical history of the patients, and therefore patients with cardiovascular disorder, diabetes and high blood pressure complaints relying on antidepressants and beta blockers are advised not to take them. The consumption of ED pills while you are on cardiovascular, diabetes and high blood drugs may cause drug interactions since they  do not mix well, and cause an extreme fall in the blood pressure, resulting in life risks.

Therefore, when you take illicit and counterfeit male enhancement drugs, you consume those high grade components of ED pills unknowingly and without any close attention to your medical history, you become susceptible to high risks.

As with many common health risks of ED pills, the male enhancement pills contribute to these side-effects, if not more than these as well.

The touted, tainted, illicit and unregulated male enhancement pills are immense in numbers, which are promoted as safe and natural alternatives to prescription ED drugs, but they all contain hidden ingredients and the key formulation of the ED pills. Ninja Mojo, Extenze, Super Cheetah, Rhino, Rock Hard For Men, Vicerex, Bullet Proof, Man Up Now and many to name a few are found to have the active ingredients of ED pills, and have never been approved or regularized for human use and consumption.

So, you can always have the probability to suffer from the same side-effects like that of ED pills including body aches and pains. While stressing on this particular physical distress associated with the ED Pills, it is common you experience steep muscle aches and back pain throughout your body, even in the lower back with male enhancement pills too.
In connection with the muscle pain and back pain, ExtenZe, an herbal nutritional supplement as claimed by the manufacturer, Biotab Nutraceuticals, Inc is a natural male enhancement, which enhances the penis size as well as boosts sex drive and endurance.

But, ExtenZe has been strictly warned against its use for sexual enhancement by the FDA as it contains an active ingredient of Viagra, and causes a number of common side-effects along with muscle twitches and spasms. If it is linked to causing muscle twitches, does it cause restless leg syndrome as well?
Restless Leg Syndrome and Male Enhancement Pills
So far, any side-effects caused by male enhancement pills or ED pills are due to illicit method of manufacturing, lack of adaptability to the physical mechanisms and the presence of a dozen of medical conditions in patients. On the contrary, the restless leg syndrome or Willis-Ekbom disease (WED) is a chronic neurological disorder, characterized by an incessant urge to move the legs to relief unpleasant tingling sensations in the legs. The adversity of the disorder becomes so intense that you seek relaxation or get some sleep. But, it causes debacle health conditions as it interferes with your sleep during night, and causes daytime fatigue and sleepiness.

As per reports, about 80% of patients with RLS are prone to developing a related condition known as periodic limb movement of sleep (PLMS), causing jerk and muscle twitch while sleeping. Since it is a continuous process and takes place every 30-40 seconds, it makes your condition deplorable during night and triggers sleep deprivation. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, 10% of American populations are suffering from RLS irrespective of the gender.

Although, restless leg syndrome and erectile dysfunction or ED appear to be two different and unrelated medical conditions, these two disorders may be linked.

As per reports by the Harvard University, men experiencing restless leg syndrome are susceptible to suffering from erectile dysfunctions or impotence.

In a study, they observed 11,000 men and found that men with symptoms of RLS were more likely to face difficulties for erection during sex than men with fewer standards of RLS symptoms.

It is not always that RLS is linked to causing erectile dysfunction or impotence. However, the frequency rate is higher in men with RLS than general populations. It is may be for the presence of dopamine in both the conditions, advocating for a connection between these two.

The chemical dopamine is a neurotransmitter secreted by the neurons or nerve cells in the brain to facilitate the emotional responses as well as the limb movement. Upon receiving the signals from the brain, dopamine helps facilitate the movements. And this is the chemical, which is responsible to relax the penis muscles during the blood engorgement and help aid an erection. 

On the other hand, this chemical can play a role in RLS as well. Therefore, it is believed by many researchers that influencing the transmission of dopamine in the brain could open up pathways to treat the symptoms of RLS in patients, and thus avoiding its sufferings.

However, all these possibilities are specific to research and study, which may take time to establish the role of dopamine to treat RLS.

While ED is the primary issue restricting you from achieving an erection and RLS may play a role to aggravate your ED, both the conditions are treatable. The former is treatable with ED pills such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, as we all know; the latter is treated with medications such as pramipexole and ropinirole.  But, as of now, there has been no such study or reports validating the effects of male enhancements pills on RLS, even though they are the leading cause of muscle aches and twitches all over the body.

Notably, the active ingredients in Viagra, sildenafil citrate is found to have treated the conditions of RLS. Many reports and studies have proved the efficacy of sildenafil citrate on RLS.

Generally, RLS medications are dopaminergic, which influence the dopamine transmission, and help enable muscle relax. But, they do have some adverse effects. On the contrary, the vasodilating drug such as sildenafil, which is a PDE5 inhibitor can help relax the muscles, and reduces the symptoms of restless leg syndrome.

On the context of another study, it could distinctly explain the efficacy of ED pills for the treatment of RLS. Researchers prove that PDE5 inhibitors can reduce the symptoms of RLS sufferings. A recent study, it was observed that sildenafil citrate facilitates the improvement of oxygenation of the skeletal muscles, and this drug is linked to increasing the production of dopamine chemicals in the brains of CNS rats.

In another case with hemodialysis patients, it is often observed that patients are prone to suffering from sleep deprivation as well as a higher prevalence of RLS. But, the administration of sildenafil drug can lead to the improvement of the sleep disorder in patients with hemodialysis with ED. Hence, if you are suffering from RLS and ED at the same time, you can prefer taking prescription ED pills as they are beneficial to facilitate the erection as well as relieve the symptoms of RLS.

However, no side-effects of male enhancement pills on the RLS symptoms have been ever reported otherwise.

Although, these over-the-counter male enhancement pills are not causing restless leg syndrome, you must avoid them for other associated health risks.