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What is Viagra?

Viagra is one of the popular medicines used for treating erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Viagra is a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor that blocks the phosphodiesterase-5 enzymes to relax muscles increases blood circulation to certain parts of the body. 

Important Information

  • Take Viagra tablets under the supervision of your doctor, especially the initial dosages.
  • Please don’t rely only on Viagra to treat your pain; you should also follow your doctor’s advice to let the treatment work more effectively.   
  • You are required to have frequent health checkups while taking Viagra. 
  • It is advisable to keep track of your medicine. Keep it under your custody, away from children and anyone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. 
  • Sudden withdrawal of Viagra can be fatal. Please consult your doctor before leaving it; your doctor will gradually decrease your medicine dose to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • You can either buy the medicine online or offline, provided that you hold an appropriate prescription from a doctor. It is because buying or selling without a proper prescription is strictly prohibited under the law, and authorities may hold you liable for punishment if you do so. 

What to know before taking Viagra? 

Being a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor, Viagra is highly addictive and habit-forming even at regular doses. To avoid adverse effects of Viagra, please take care of all necessary precautions while taking Viagra. 

In addition to above all, you need to consider the following things before starting your treatment with Viagra:

  • Using Viagra is not advisable if you are allergic to it or any of its components or similar drugs. 
  • Please don’t use Viagra if you have the following health disorders or history thereof:
    • Heart disease 
    • Heart rhythm disorders 
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Heart attack 
    • Congestive heart failure 
    • Stroke 
    • Fluctuating blood pressure level 
    • Liver disease 
    • Kidney disorders 
    • Sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, leukemia, or any other blood cells disorders 
    • Bleeding disorders 
    • Stomach ulcers 
    • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Avoid taking Viagra if you have recently consumed any medicine containing nitrates. 
  • It is advisable to avoid taking Viagra if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; Viagra is not safe for your child’s health and may cause them congenital disabilities.
  • Ask your physician about all the risks and benefits associated with the medicine. 

How to take Viagra?

Viagra is a highly addictive medicine that works as a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor and can become dangerous for your health if taken inappropriately. 

Therefore, you should take medicine as directed by your doctor. You are also required to follow all the instructions and directions given on the medication and prescription label. 

You can also talk to your doctor if you don’t feel any improvement in your health condition.

Viagra dosage

Viagra contains Sildenafil that blocks the phosphodiesterase-5 enzyme in the body, and increases blood circulation to certain parts of the body to treat certain sexual disorders.

However, it is a dangerous medication; therefore, we advise you to consult your doctor for the correct and suitable Viagra dosage.  

Your doctor will examine you thoroughly before prescribing you suitable Viagra dosages. Doctors generally take care of the following factors before prescribing you appropriate medicine dosages:

  • Age of the patient 
  • Weight of the patient 
  • The medical condition of the patient 

The following are the usual Viagra dosage that your doctor can prescribe you:

Dosage for treating Erectile dysfunction

In the form of oral tablets

  • For adults (18 years and above)

50 mg of the medicine, one hour before indulging in sexual activity

  • For children (below 18 years of age)

Using Viagra tablets for treating patients younger than 18 years is risky; therefore, you should talk to your pediatrist before giving Viagra to your child.  

Overdose

Although the chances for Viagra overdose are rare, if you feel any uneasiness after taking Viagra, you should immediately consult your doctor.

Ignoring the fact that Viagra is adversely affecting your health is not what we advise. You can also seek emergency medical help by calling the poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. 

What to avoid while using Viagra?

  • Consuming herbal products, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements while using Viagra is unsafe; They can dangerously interact with the medicine.
  • Taking alcohol along Viagra is dangerous and can adversely affect your health; please avoid taking them together.  
  • You should also ask your doctor before taking any other medicines to treat impotence simultaneously with Viagra. 
  • Avoid taking grapefruit or its juice while taking Viagra; it can dangerously interact with the medicine and cause death. 

Viagra side effects

Viagra blocks certain enzymes in the body to treat erectile dysfunction and may cause you the following side effects:

  • Sudden hot or cold flashes 
  • Red and warm skin 
  • Tingliness on the skin 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Runny or stuffy nose 
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Muscular pain 
  • Pain in the back 
  • Upset stomach 

It is obvious to experience these mild side effects after using Viagra, and you should not worry too much about them unless they are bothering you too much. However, it is necessary to consult your doctor if these mild side effects are unbearable or making your life too complicated. 

Please stop taking Viagra and seek emergency medical assistance ASAP if you experience the following health issues while taking Viagra:

  • Deafness 
  • Sudden ringing or unpleasant sound in the ears 
  • Irregular heartbeats 
  • Pain or swelling in the hands, ankles, or feet 
  • Breathlessness 
  • Seizures or convulsions 
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Pain or pressure in the heart 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Weak or poor eyesight 
  • Loss of vision 
  • Symptoms of heart attack
  • Any other allergic reaction to the medicine 

What drugs can interact with Viagra?

The medicines that can interact with Viagra include the following:

  • Medications used for maintaining blood pressure level
  • Drugs used in the treatment of prostate gland disorders
  • Antibiotics 
  • Antifungal medications 
  • Medicines containing nitrates 
  • Medicines for treating HIV ADIS and hepatitis C 
  • Medicines used for treating pulmonary artery hypertension 

The interaction of these medicines with Viagra can be detrimental to your health; therefore, we advise you to tell your doctor about all the medications or therapies you are taking before starting your Viagra dosage.