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All You Need To Know About Viagra – How It Works, Side Effects And Making It More Effective

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Viagra is the brand name for sildenafil drug. It is a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction most commonly. It is also used sometimes to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with high blood pressure.

How does it work?

The drug sildenafil blocks the action of an enzyme called cGMP- specific phosphodiesterase type-5 aka PDE-5. This enzyme is responsible for breaking down of cGMP that is present within the smooth muscles and helps them relax. When PDE-5 is blocked cells have a high concentration of cGMP so muscles relax and dilate. High levels of PDE-5 are present in the penis and other smooth muscles of the body. Viagra is used to treat impotence in men and belongs to the class of medicines known as PDE-5 inhibitors.

It is recommended to take Viagra 30 mins prior to sex. It works only when sexual stimulation follows after taking it. With the use of Viagra pills, men who having erectile dysfunction are able to keep an erection for long. The drug can be taken up to 4 hours before sexual activity.

What can you expect when you take this drug?

If you are a healthy man between the ages of 18 to 60 and are not taking any medication, you can expect the following side effects from using Viagra:

  • Dyspepsia, flushing, digestive problems, headaches, visual disturbances.
  • Muscle pain or backaches can be experienced.
  • Insomnia, nasal congestion, runny nose or low blood pressure.
  • Some users reported bleeding events after using Viagra, but a causal relationship with Viagra has not yet been established.
  • Sudden hearing loss or decreased hearing can be a potential side effect.
  • A very rare side effect is sudden vision loss where blood flow to the optic nerve is decreased.
  • Erections for longer than four hours, in this case, consult with your healthcare professional immediately as it can cause permanent damage to your penis.

These symptoms are more likely to occur in men older than 50 years of age or those having hypertension, diabetes, smokers or people with high cholesterol.

Viagra is not recommended with a number of medications including antibiotics, antifungals, herbal pills, HIV medicines, prostate and hypertension drugs. Viagra does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.

The drug is a PDE-5 inhibitor; along with this it also boosts the production of a chemical called nitric oxide. This also relaxes the muscles in the penis. It allows blood to flow easily and thus, users can get and keep an erection for sexual activity.

Response time:

Viagra once consumed, takes about 30 to 120 minutes to reach peak plasma concentration after consumption of a single dose. The effect of the drug appears after 30 to 60 minutes along with sexual stimulation. The recommended amount is 50mg (25-100mg can be recommended depending on the patient).

Some pointers to make Viagra more effective:

Viagra has proven to be effective in most cases but it is generally less effective in men with problems like diabetes or nerve damage. Every individual reacts to medicines differently so it may or may not produce expected results. If it is not as effective as you would like it to be, it is advised to consult your doctor. Do not make any changes while taking Viagra without consulting your doctor.  The following tips may make Viagra more effective:

  • It is advised to not take the drug on a full stomach as it may delay the effects of the drug.
  • Do not consume fatty foods prior to use of Viagra pills as it again messes with its absorption.
  • Do not consume alcohol or other recreational drugs like marijuana and meth when taking this drug. This can result in worsening erectile dysfunction.

Viagra works best for people with overall good health. Viagra halts the chemical reaction that makes the blood leave the penis, hence preventing an erection. So, Viagra works best when your body is functioning at peak levels. In order to get the best results, people need to have overall better cardiovascular health and hormone levels. Exercise makes the body healthy and enhances blood flow in the whole body. Making these small changes in your lifestyle will help you retain an erection on your own and you will be able to discontinue Viagra use in the long run.

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