Viagra is the most popular and well known erectile dysfunction drug in the world. By relaxing the muscles found in the walls of blood vessels, the medication is able to increase blood flow to particular areas of the body – notably the penis. The main drug in the medication – Sildenafil – is sold as many other names as well, particularly for hypertension.
Before taking the medication, you should consult with a doctor. You should advise the physician of all current medications that you are on – specifically if you are on a nitrate drug for chest pain or heart problems. Taking Viagra while on these medications can result in a sudden and serious, potentially fatal, decline in blood pressure.
Like all other erectile dysfunction medication, Viagra comes with precautions and side effects. Common side effects include headaches, heartburn, flushed skin and prolonged erections, which may lead to damage to the penis.
If you intend to take this medication, please consult with your doctor if you have heart disease or heart rhythm problems; a recent history of heart attacks, stroke or congestive heart failure; high or low blood pressure; liver or kidney disease; a blood cell or bleeding disorder; stomach ulcers; any sort of eye condition or abnormality; a deformed penis; or if you have been told previously that you should not have sexual intercourse for health reasons.
The medication has never been tested on women or children, so it is advised that children and women do not come into contact with the medication. It’s not been proven that the medication can be passed through breast milk or if it may cause harm to a nursing baby. If your spouse or sexual partner is pregnant or expecting to be pregnant, consult a doctor about the use of Viagra. No one under the age of 18 should consume Viagra.
The medication should be taken as prescribed by a physician. It is not needed to be taken with foods and should not be taken with particularly fatty foods – as this may delay or inhibit the effectiveness of the medication. The medication should not be taken when consuming alcohol or with grapefruit products. Do not take the medication in larger or smaller quantities, or for lengths of time longer than the physician has advised. The medication is not intended to be taken over long periods of time.
Viagra normally should be taken 30 minutes to one hour prior to sexual activity, but it may be taken up to 4 hours prior to sexual activity. It should not be taken more than once a day and does not force erections to happen, but instead is encourages blood flow to the penis when sexual stimulation occurs.
During sexual activity, if you become dizzy or nauseated, have pain, numbness or tingling in your chests, arms, neck or jaw, or your vision becomes impaired, please stop the sexual activity and call your doctor right away. These could represent serious side effects that may have long-term effects.
Because Viagra is used as needed, there is minimal likelihood that you will miss a dose. If you have taken more than prescribed or recommended by a physician, you should call for poison help.
Viagra is commonly given in 50 mg doses, but that can be increased to 100 mg or decreased to 25 mg per day by a physician. The medication is sold online through various online pharmacies and the cost varies depending on the quantity or dosing that you want.