What Is Viagra?

Viagra is one of the widely used and one of the most controversial pharmaceutical drugs to come out in the last 30 years. It’s widely known as the “little blue pill” that has helped countless men. It is most commonly used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Some don’t know that Viagra is the brand name of the drug Sildenafil citrate, which was created to help with pulmonary arterial hypertension and became a solution for ED. It was originally developed in the United Kingdom and was taken to America through the company Pfizer Inc., an American-based pharmaceutical company.

Why Would Someone Use Viagra?

The main reason people use Viagra is if they’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, but many younger men abuse the drug. They try to trick their doctors into giving them a prescription, not because they can’t get an erection but so that they can achieve a longer erection. Many of these men skip going to the doctor entirely and try to buy the drug online. Online pharmacies are abundant, and it’s easy to find one that doesn’t require a prescription. The problem with this is that those sites don’t comply with the laws and regulations put in place to protect patients and consumers, and they often offer drugs that are expired, fake, ineffective, contaminated, or unsafe to use.

Then there are the men who actually need the drug. Viagra and other drugs that inhibit the enzyme phosphodiesterase 5 are only intended for men with ED. For many men, the effects of ED start kicking in as they get older, with many noticing symptoms around the age of 40. Besides age, other risk factors for developing ED include obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Since the creation of Viagra in 1998, the number of men who have been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction has gone up by about 250 percent.

Where Did It Come From?

Just like many other scientific breakthroughs, Viagra was just an accident. Scientists from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Corp. were conducting a research study on hypertension when they discovered that Sildenafil citrate didn’t reduce blood pressure like they had wanted. It did, however, produce erections in about 80 percent of 4,000 male subjects in the study.

Who Uses Viagra?

Viagra isn’t intended for use by women or children. It is used chiefly among men aged 18 to 55. The use of Viagra has skyrocketed in recent years. Men between the ages of 18 to 45 use Viagra 312 percent more now than they did in 1998. For men between 45 to 55, use has gone up by 216 percent.

Those who shouldn’t use it include men who are currently taking medication that contains nitrates such as nitroglycerin. These men shouldn’t take Viagra because taking the two medications together can lower your blood pressure too much. While there have been some women who have reportedly benefited from the use of Viagra, Pfizer has made no statements about the drug’s effects on females. There are clinical tests being carried out in the UK to see if there are any effects on women.

How Is It Used?

You should only take Viagra in compliance with the directions given by the manufacturer and your doctor. The basic directions are that it has to be administered no more than once a day and that it has to be swallowed whole (it can’t be broken or chewed). Other important information regarding taking this drug include that the maximum dose at one time is 100 mg, it shouldn’t be taken with other ED drugs, and you shouldn’t take it if you’re taking any form of nitrates.

To minimise the chance of side effects, you don’t want to eat too much before taking Viagra as it works faster and is more effective on an empty stomach. You’ll want to take water with the pill and avoid mixing it with any strong drinks because alcohol slows down the absorption of the pill. Take the pill about an hour before you plan on engaging in sexual activity. Taking Viagra won’t give you an erection right away – you need sexual stimulus for it to work.

When sexual stimulation happens, the nervous system releases the chemical nitric oxide into the erectile tissue of the penis. The chemical then stimulates an enzyme in order to produce messenger cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). cGMP will cause the arteries in the penis to dilate, allowing the penis to fill with blood and resulting in an erection.

What Side Effects Can a Person Have from It?

Like any other medication, side effects may occur. The most common side effects associated with Viagra are nasal congestion, headaches, photophobia (or a sensitivity to light), indigestion, impaired vision, and, in some cases, cyanopsia, which causes the user to see everything with a blue tinge. More serious side effects include damage to the optic nerve, increased intraocular pressure, heart attack, priapism (a long-lasting, painful erection), and ventricular arrhythmias.

The reported vision loss is attributed to the decrease in blood supply to the optic nerve and has been experienced mainly by people who have diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, pre-existing eye problems, or high cholesterol. It has not been proven whether this vision loss was caused by Viagra.

Where Can You Find It?

You need to have a prescription to buy Viagra. However, you can find some pharmacies in the UK that allow doctors and pharmacists to dispense drugs to people who have a suitable medical history. Besides these few pharmacies, buying Viagra is a prescription-only medication. This is due to the fact that Viagra can be dangerous when taken by those who don’t have erectile dysfunction.

If you feel you need a prescription for Viagra or any other ED medication, visit your general practitioner. An alternative to this is ordering Viagra online. When you buy from an accredited pharmacy, you’ll take an online questionnaire to assess your suitability for the drug.

People choose to order their prescription drugs online for a variety of reasons. These reasons include discomfort talking to their doctor about ED and not wanting to go to the pharmacy. It’s discreet and convenient, but you have to be sure that you’re ordering from safe and legal sites.

 

 

About Kamal HaiderDr Kamal Haider is an experienced GP having worked in various hospital specialties as a junior doctor after graduation from University College Hospital in 2000. During this period of training, Dr Haider decided that general practice was his calling and so embarked upon becoming a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, as he found himself very passionate about the provision of high quality, holistic, patient-focused medicine.

He has developed excellent skills in investigating and managing a range of medical conditions, both acute and related to chronic disease and in integrating care for the patient as a whole. His specialty lies in preventative medicine and promoting health. He believes in practicing what he preaches and plays football and cycles regularly. He has attained an FA coaching badge and works with youngsters of varying ages and socio-economic backgrounds, and thoroughly enjoys helping youngsters to make the most of their lives.
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