Viagra: Everything You Want to Know About the Little Blue Pill

viagra articleViagra – that little blue pill – has changed the lives of many men who suffer from erectile dysfunction. Originally developed by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Viagra has helped numerous men enjoy a fulfilling sex life, despite issues with impotence.

Although Viagra doesn’t cure erectile dysfunction, it can help some men gain an erection. The underlying cause of the erectile dysfunction, whether it be physical, mental or a combination of both, is still present.

Scroll down to learn more about Viagra. What is Viagra? How does it work? How do I use Viagra? What are the side effects of Viagra? And much more!

THE ESSENTIALS

  •  Viagra was originally developed as a treatment for hypertension.
  • Sexual stimulation is still needed to obtain an erection, even with Viagra.
  • A medical professional is needed to prescribe Viagra, and will take in your current health and medical history when determining the dosage.
  • Viagra is most effective when taking one hour prior to intercourse.

VIAGRA HISTORY

pfizer viagraSildenafil citrate — known by the brand name Viagra — is an erectile dysfunction medication originally developed by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, in 1989, to treat patients suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina pectoris (a form of ischaemic cardiovascular disease).

However, testing did not prove as promising for Viagra as its creators originally hoped, and by 1992, studies as a treatment for heart disease were discontinued.  In 1994, it was discovered that sildenafil had the added side effect of increasing blood flow to the penis and could be used to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction (impotence).

HOW VIAGRA WORKS

viagra erectile dysfunctionViagra works by enhancing the smooth muscle relaxant effects of nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide is normally released in response to sexual stimulation. The smooth muscle relaxation allows increased blood flow into the penis leading to an erection when combined with sexual stimulation.  This is an important note:

Viagra does NOT cause you to be sexually excited.
You will not get an immediate erection from Viagra.

You must have something or someone arouse you, to get an erection, even with Viagra.

HOW TO USE VIAGRA

Using Viagra is fairly straightforward.

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  • Visit Your Doctor – The first step to using Viagra is to speak to your doctor. He’ll need to diagnose your erectile dysfunction. Sometimes, erectile dysfunction has causes that can be treated with therapy. There also may be underlying health concerns your medical professional needs to take into consideration.
  • Read the Patient Information – Although we trust physicians with our medical care, your health is ultimately your responsibility. Take the time to read the leaflet provided by the pharmacist, about Viagra, before taking it. If you have any questions, be sure to talk to your doctor or the pharmacist.
  • Take as Directed by Your Doctor – Again, always defer to your doctor’s instructions when taking Viagra, as there may be other conditions affecting your specific usage. For many men, Viagra is taken at least 30 minutes prior to sex, but not more than four hours before intercourse.  One hour before sex is usually the most effective.

Viagra Usage Notes

There are some important things to note when taking Viagra.

  • high-fat meal viagraDo NOT take Viagra more than once per day.
  • Eating a high-fat meal right before or after taking Viagra may actually delay how quickly Viagra works.
  • Not all dosages are the same. Your doctor will determine what dosage is right for you, based on your condition and medical history.
  • Other prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs and herbal supplements can interact with Viagra, so be sure to tell your doctor about anything you’re taking.

VIAGRA SIDE EFFECTS

There are numerous potential side effects, when taking Viagra. In fact, these side effects are one of the reasons many men turn to other forms of treatment, such as penis pumps, for treatment of impotence. Check out our article – Need an Erectile Dysfunction Cure? Never Suffer from Impotence Again – for more information on Erectile Dysfunction and alternative treatment options beyond Viagra.

Following is a list of potential side effects for Viagra. Please note: This list is not all-inclusive. There may be other side effects not listed. If you experience something that concerns you, be sure to seek medical advice.
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  • Dizziness or lightheadedness (to reduce the risk of this side effect, stand up slowly when sitting or lying down.)
  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Upset stomach
  • Changes in vision (including increased sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and difficulty discriminating between green and blue)

Potentially Life Threatening Side Effects for Viagra

The following side effects are more serious and require you to seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY:

  • chest pain viagraDecreased vision in one or both eyes (NAION)
  • Chest, jaw and/or left arm pain
  • Sudden decrease or loss of hearing, sometimes accompanied with ringing in the ears
  • A painful or prolonged erection lasting four or more hours
  • Allergic reactions, including – rash, itching, swelling (especially of the face, throat or tongue), severe dizziness, and/or trouble breathing.

Check out our article — Viagra Side Effects for more information.

VIAGRA PRECAUTIONS

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  • Do not take Viagra if you take nitrates, often prescribed for chest pain, as this may cause a sudden, unsafe drop in blood pressure.
  • Tell your doctor about any allergies you may have, as you may be allergic to even the inert ingredients of Viagra.
  • Do not use Viagra with other erectile dysfunction treatments.
  • If you have prostate problems or high blood pressure for which you take medicines called alpha blockers, your doctor may start you on a lower dose of Viagra.
  • Viagra does NOT prevent against sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Do not drive, operate machinery or partake in any activities that require your attention when taking Viagra.

VIAGRA OVERDOSING

viagra penis amputatedThere have been instances of overdosing with Viagra. As with any other drug, taking more than has been subscribed, or without a prescription, is dangerous.  It has even resulted in penis amputation.

A 66-year old man from from Colombia took several Viagras, in hopes of impressing his lover. After experiencing a week-long erection, his genitals became inflamed and developed gangrene. Doctors told him he had to have his penis amputated, to prevent the spread of gangrene to other parts of his body.

Overdosing has even led to death. A 25-year old Yemeni man died from a Viagra overdose. He took five pills on his wedding night, went back to his room, collapsed and passed away after being rushed to the hospital.

ALTERNATIVES TO VIAGRA

Remember, Viagra doesn’t cure erectile dysfunction. It simply addresses the symptoms of erectile dysfunction — the inability to get an erection. For this reason, there are alternatives you should try first, before resorting to Viagra.

  1. bathmateGet Healthy – Exercise regularly, eat properly, and lose weight, if you’re overweight.
  1. Do Penis Exercises for Penile Tissue –  These exercises are a great way to stimulate blood flow to the penis. Check out our What is Jelqing? article and our Penis Stretching pages, for more info on two of the most popular ED exercises.
  1. Do Pelvic Floor Exercises – If you’re going to do one exercise, it should be the Kegel! A strong pelvic floor is critical for sexual health. However, DON’T overdo it! Overtraining your pelvic floor muscles can make erectile dysfunction worse. Read more in our article How to do Kegel Exercises for Men.
  1. Reduce Stress – Sometimes ED is caused by stress. Relax. Don’t put additional pressure on yourself.
  1. Vasodilator Lubricant – Vasodilator lubricants, like Enlargel, encourage blood flow into the penis. These are topical treatments, and, as such, they don’t have many of the negative side effects of Viagra.
  1. Seek Counselling – Sometimes erectile dysfunction is due to psychological issues, which can be resolved with the help of a mental health professional.
  1. Use a Pump – Penis pumps, like the Bathmate, combined with a cock ring, are excellent for helping create and maintain an erection. In fact, penis pumps are an approved treatment method by Medicare.
  1. Try an Alternative – There are a variety of natural supplements, as well as other prescription ED treatment options, on the market today, which help increase blood flow to the penis, which can help treat impotence. Keep reading to learn more.

NATURAL ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION SUPPLEMENTS AND OTHER PRESCRIPTION OPTIONS

There are several natural supplements on the market today that are available over-the-counter, for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. These herbal remedies work by increasing penile blood flow. Many PEGym users have had great success with VigRX Plus.

In addition, there are other prescription choices available for the treatment of ED. If Viagra isn’t working as well as you’d hoped, as your doctor about trying Levitra. Cialis is another popular prescription medication for erectile dysfunction, that can even be taken once daily, to allow for spontaneous intercourse.

IN CONCLUSION

Viagra has been a Godsend for many men suffering from erectile dysfunction (impotence). By relaxing the smooth muscle tissue of the penis, blood flow is allowed to flow into the penis, helping create an erection. taking between 30 minutes and four hours before planned intercourse, sexual stimulation is still needed to become erect. There are numerous side effects to be aware of, and Viagra should only be taken under the care of a physician, due to these and potential danger of overdosing.

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