Viagra

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Description

Viagra, containing the active ingredient Sildenafil, is used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) and also for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The drug is highly potent and should be used only with a prescription after consulting with the doctor to make sure that it is suitable for you. Taking Viagra has helped many persons to effectively overcome ED and revolutionized the way the condition is perceived and treated.

What is the way that Viagra works?

Viagra aids in overcoming the erectile issues by working as a PDE5 inhibitor. By inhibiting this enzyme the drug allows for the muscles in the walls of arterial blood vessels to relax. The production of nitric oxide during sexual arousal enables the blood vessels to fill up with blood required to produce a strong erection and also helps maintain it during sexual activity. Viagra starts to work in the system within thirty to sixty minutes of consuming the pill and the effects last for about four hours.

Dosage information

The Viagra ED medication comes in the form of compressed blue pills in the dosage strengths of 25mg, 50mg, and 100. The typically prescribed dose is 50mg, which may be increased or decreased according to the user’s response.

How to use Viagra effectively?

The Viagra pills should be taken exactly as prescribed for use. Plan the sexual activity in advance and take the dose about an hour before. More than one dose should not be taken in a day.

The drug does not naturally cause you to get an erection. Sexual stimulation is required in order for you to get an erection. Avoid taking the drug in higher than recommended doses.

Missed dose and overdose

Viagra is used only on an as needed basis, so it is not likely to miss the dose.

An overdose may not be fatal but it can significantly increase the risk of side effects. Get immediate medical treatment by calling the poison helpline.

Storage

Keep the pills away from heat and moisture, and at room temperature. Make sure that the drug is out of reach of children and pets.

Precautions of use

  • Avoid using the drug if you are allergic to the active ingredient Sildenafil or similar medications.
  • Do not drink alcohol or consume grapefruit as they can reduce the efficacy of the medication.
  • Having high-fat meals before taking the drug can also reduce its effectiveness.
  • Talk with the doctor before using other drugs for the same condition.
  • The drug is not intended for use in children below the age of 18.
  • It is not known if the drug will affect the baby in pregnant women or pass through breast milk. Consult with the doctor on the same before using Viagra.
  • Using Viagra along with nitrates can cause the blood pressure to drop to dangerously low levels and therefore should be avoided.
  • Watch for any side effects and consult on them immediately.
  • It can take some time for your body to become adjusted to Viagra when you first start taking it.
  • Inform the doctor of all your health issues, especially if you have hypertension or hypotension, bleeding disorders, liver or kidney disease, stomach ulcer, vision problems, or a recent history of heart attack or stroke.

Side effects

Common side effects

  • Seizures
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of vision
  • Loss of hearing or ringing in ears
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling in the hands and feet
  • Painful erection
  • Erection lasting more than four hours, which should be treated quickly or the penis can become damaged.

Severe side effects

  • Upset stomach
  • Nasal congestion
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Changes in vision
  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain

Interactions with other drugs

Viagra should never be taken along with other drugs for ED. Inform your doctor of all drugs you take, particularly if you use nitrates, medications for HIV/AIDS, antibiotics, antifungals, and those used to manage high blood pressure. It is also advisable to disclose any vitamins or herbal supplements being used.

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