Viagra Ingredients

Viagra, the brand name of Sildenafil citrate, is an oral treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). It is the citrate salt of Sildenafil, which acts as a selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5). It’s the most common medicine used for the treatment of ED. It works by enlarging the blood vessels inside of the penis. It allows for more blood flow that is needed for an erection. Like all other drugs that you take, you should be aware of the ingredients that compose the drug and the possible side effects that may occur.

Sildenafil citrate is a crystalline powder that appears white to off-white. It’s soluble in water and has the molecular weight of 666.7.

This crystalline powder is formulated into a round, diamond-shaped tablet that is blue and film-coated. It can come in doses of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg of Sildenafil, and it is meant for oral administration. The only active ingredient in Viagra is Sildenafil citrate. The inactive ingredients in each tablet include anhydrous dibasic calcium phosphate, microcrystalline cellulose, triacetin, lactose, croscarmellose sodium, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, and Hypromellose.

Sildenafil

Sildenafil citrate works by causing a release of nitrous oxide, a chemical which is what causes the blood vessels in the penis to expand. These vessels expand specifically during times of sexual stimulation. In many well-designed studies, Viagra has been proven to improve an erection in comparison to a placebo.

Common side effects from this active ingredient in Viagra include indigestion, flushing, headache, nasal congestion, and vision loss. There are more serious side effects that can occur if you are suffering from pre-existing conditions. If you experience any side effect or have noticed abnormal effects from your erection, alert a doctor immediately.

Anhydrous Dibasic Calcium Phosphate

Anhydrous dibasic calcium phosphate is one of a variety of calcium phosphates that are used to dilute drugs in the pharmaceutical industry. The purpose of diluents is to make drugs large enough to handle and swallow. They also make tablets more stable.

Some calcium phosphate salts can be anhydrous. This means while they’re in a salt form, water has been removed. They are dibasic, which means that they have two hydrogen atoms that are replaceable.

Calcium phosphates have shown no evidence of risk, and there are no reasonable grounds to suspect that any calcium phosphate could cause harm. This is when they are used at levels that are regulated.

Triacetin

Triacetin is another inactive ingredient in Viagra. It’s also known as Glyceryl triacetate. It has been reported to function as a solvent, biocide, and plasticiser in cosmetic formulations. It comes in concentrations ranging from 0.8 percent to 4 percent. It’s commonly used to carry the fragrance and flavour of whatever it’s formulated in. It’s been proven safe to use as a human food ingredient.

In humans, the ingredient has reportedly caused ocular irritation but no injury. This might account for people reportedly having vision loss when they take Viagra. Triacetin has been shown to quickly metabolise acetic acid and glycerol. These chemicals do not develop into toxins. Reports have shown that 1,2-glyceryl diesters can affect cell growth and proliferation, which can raise the possibility of tumour promotion and hyperplasia. Studies have found that these need longer ester chains on the backbone of the glycerine. On this basis, it’s been determined that Triacetin is safe to use in food and cosmetic formulation.

Other Inactive Ingredients

Other inactive ingredients are used in drugs to support the effectiveness of the active ingredients and helps with the ease of use of the medication. Many of these inactive ingredients are used to make the physical form of the drug, giving it its texture, film, and shape. Ingredients that are not active don’t have any effect on the condition or the symptoms of the condition that you are suffering from. However, it is possible to be allergic to certain inactive ingredients, so be sure to consult your doctor before taking Viagra.

Colouring Ingredients

Along with the inactive ingredients, there are ingredients that colour a drug. The ingredients that colour Viagra are known as FD & C Blue #2 aluminium lake. It’s a food colouring additive that is safe and of no risk to those who choose to use Viagra.

 

 

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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