In June 2010, the FDA approved a new male enhancement supplement — Staxyn.
But it’s not a male enhancement supplement any guy can use. Staxyn is only prescribed to men with erectile dysfunction. Supposedly, it helps men achieve and maintain erections easier.
Staxyn has stiff competition from other male enhancement supplements on the market from other prescriptions to all-natural, over-the-counter supplements. So, I hope my research helps you find the truth about Staxyn and decide if it’s the best choice for you.
What Is Staxyn?
Staxyn is the brand name for vardenafil. Levitra is also a vardenafil brand made by the same company, but it’s slightly different. The official website says Staxyn and Levitra are not interchangeable.
Staxyn increases blood flow to the penis. It helps men with erectile dysfunction maintain an erection during sexual activity. Staxyn doesn’t give you an instant erection — sexual stimulation is still necessary. Once sexual activity has stopped, the erection should go away.
The supplement comes in 10-mg oral tablets. Only take 1 tablet a day about an hour before sexual activity. Place it on your tongue and let it dissolve. Don’t crush or chew Staxyn or drink liquid when taking it.
The Vardenafil Clinical Study
About 73,900 men from around the world participated in the 2010 vardenafil study. Many had hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, but were still able to take vardenafil.
More than 90% of the men taking vardenafil were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their results. Their erections improved and lasted longer. 97% didn’t experience serious side effects and tolerated vardenafil well.
Researchers concluded vardenafil is a safe and effective treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Who Should or Should Not Take Staxyn?
There are 3 situations in which you absolutely should not take Staxyn.
1. If you take “nitrates” (medication for chest pain) or “poppers,” do not take Staxyn. These medications may cause abnormally low blood pressure and Staxyn might increase the risk. 2. If you’ve been told to avoid sexual activity due to health problems, do not take Staxyn. 3. Women should not take Staxyn either.
If you have these conditions, talk to your doctor to make sure Staxyn is safe before using it:
• Heart, liver, or kidney problems
• Low or high blood pressure
• Stomach ulcers
• Phenylketonuria (Staxyn contains phenylalanine)
• Fructose intolerance
Also, there’s a long list of medications Staxyn interacts badly with. Tell your doctor what medications you’re taking to make sure Staxyn is a safe choice.
What Are the Potential Side Effects?
The most common side effects experienced by study participants were:
• Nasal congestion
• Indigestion or upset stomach
• Back pain
Headaches were the most common side effect with 14% of participants reporting them. These are uncommon side effects that may occur. If you experience these while taking Staxyn, stop using and call your doctor:
• An erection that lasts longer than 4 hours (may damage the penis)
• Color vision changes
• Sudden loss of hearing or vision
• Chest pain
• Irregular heartbeat
• Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
• Shortness of breath
Drinking alcohol may increase the risk for side effects; common or uncommon. Grapefruit may interact with Staxyn and cause potentially serious issues.
Drugs.com and WebMD.com are sites where customers can and do leave feedback about Staxyn. Currently, Drugs.com has 9 reviews that give an average 9.2 out of 10 rating.
The lowest rating given was 7 out of 10. This user said Staxyn works, but wasn’t as effective as Levitra (20-mg vardenafil). Everyone else said Staxyn works great. The only reported side effects were mild upset stomach and a stuffy nose.
On WebMD.com, 21 gave Staxyn these ratings:
• Effectiveness – 3.33 out of 5 stars
• Ease of Use – 4.67 out of 5 stars
• Satisfaction – 3.14 out of 5 stars
I was surprised to see the ratings were much lower here.
Who Makes Staxyn?
Bayer Healthcare is the well-known pharmaceutical company that manufacturers Staxyn. They also make products such as Aspirin, Alka-Seltzer, Testogel, and Yaz; and were the first to discover heroin.
The Bayer Healthcare company has an outstanding reputation in their field and among consumers. It is accredited by the Better Business Bureau who gives them an A rating. Only 3 complaints were filed through BBB in the past 3 years.
How to Buy Staxyn
Staxyn is only available by prescription. Most men who use the supplement were diagnosed with erectile dysfunction by a doctor, who then prescribed Staxyn.
Ask your doctor if Staxyn is right for you. He or she can review your personal medical history and determine if there’s a reason why you shouldn’t take the product.
I researched Staxyn prices online, but the numbers ranged from $26 to $115. I really don’t know which sites have accurate information and which do not.
A clinical study proved Staxyn improves erections and treats erectile dysfunction. The risk for side effects is low, but still present. If you are diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, a doctor can help you decide if Staxyn is safe for you.
On Drugs.com, all 9 reviewers said Staxyn works. But the customer satisfaction with this product was a lot lower on WebMD.com.
Overall, Staxyn is a good male enhancement supplement, but it’s not the best. Also, not every guy can use it. If you haven’t been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, chances are low you’ll get a prescription for Staxyn. In that case, I recommend learning more about natural male enhancement options.
 Van Ahlen, H, J Zumbe, et al. “The Real-Life Safety and Efficacy of vardenafil (REALISE) study: results in men from Europe and overseas with erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular or metabolic conditions.” Journal of Sexual Medicine. 7.9 (2010): 3161-9.