What is Sildenafil?
Sildenafil is more familiarly known under its brand name of Viagra. It is used to treat male impotence, or Erectile Dysfunction (ED). It works relaxing the walls of blood vessels that feed the penis, resulting in a more enduring and dependable erection for the duration of mutually satisfying intercourse. It was first introduced in the 1990s and has been helping men, and indirectly women too, with their sexual and relationship issues ever since. Read on for more information about this modern wonder drug.
When is Sildenafil used?
Sildenafil has had a varied and interesting history, with its origins lying in the search for an effective treatment for the condition of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Nowadays its primary use is to treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED), or male impotence, with a related drug called Revatio being used to treat the arterial hypertension. It is recommended that these two drugs are not taken together, so if you’re currently being treated for hypertension you should see your doctor before considering taking any Sildenafil.
The condition of Erectile Dysfunction occurs when the blood supply to the penis is inadequate for initiating or sustaining an erection, so that intercourse becomes either impossible or of insufficient duration. The issues leading on from this can be many and varied, but relationship problems are common. If the condition fails to improve then ED can lead into severe depression in some cases. It is therefore best to seek medical advice if you have concerns about this or any other matter of sexual wellbeing.
Sildenafil is the active ingredient in brands such as Viagra, stimulating the walls of blood vessels supplying the penis to expand and allow the influx of more blood during sexual arousal so that a firm and lasting erection can occur. At the same time, Sildenafil inhibits the body’s own natural breakdown of stimulants so that once an erection has been achieved it is longer lasting.
How do you use Sildenafil?
Normal usage of Sildenafil is to take a tablet about 30 minutes before the start of sexual activity. It is not a miracle cure for impotency, which may have deeper psychological roots, but rather an aid to normal sexual intercourse when arousal has already taken place. Sildenafil works with your natural reactions to sexual stimulation to achieve and maintain an effective erection. It does not increase penis size and will not on its own bestow an instant erection.
A Sildenafil tablet is instantly recognisable by its characteristic diamond shape and its bright blue coloration. The manufacturer’s name, PFIZER, is inscribed on one side of this and the strength of the tablet on the other. Sildenafil tablets come in strengths of 25mg, 50mg and 100mg. People normally start on the lowest strength and then increase this if it proves insufficient for their purposes. You should take only one tablet a day, and leave at least a 24-hour gap before taking the next one.
While most side effects with Sildenafil are mild and very limited, you may experience any of the following:
• Tingling of the chest and neck areas.
See your doctor at once if this is the case, as you may be having a potentially serious allergic reaction. There are alternatives such as Cialis, which you can try instead. Sildenafil is not necessarily the sole answer to your Erectile Dysfunction issue.
You need to inform your doctor in particular about any medication you currently take which is nitrate-based, as these will interact with the Sildenafil and can cause serious health problems as a result. Conditions such as Angina, for instance, are often treated by products containing nitrates, and recreational drugs such as ‘poppers’ will also have them.
If you take proper medical advice before starting on Sildenafil you should not have to worry about side effects. However, if these do occur they can be monitored and either the dosage adjusted or an alternative medication tried out. If you’re being treated for low blood pressure, have a history of liver or heart issues, or have had a stroke recently you’ll need to be especially careful about taking a drug such as Sildenafil.
Read the literature that comes with the blister pack and then if you have any need for further information see your doctor. Like similar drugs, Sildenafil has the ability to improve your quality of life, but only when used responsibly and in accordance with medical advice.
Use during pregnancy, while driving or with alcohol
Sildenafil is not used by women, as its primary use now is to treat Erectile Dysfunction or male impotence.
Taking alcohol in conjunction with Sildenafil is not recommended because you may experience unwanted side effects. You should also avoid drinking any grapefruit juice as well. Because one of the more common side effects of Sildenafil is lethargy and sometimes dizziness, try to avoid driving while taking this drug.