Viagra is a vasodilator meant to treat erectile dysfunction. Viagra is also used for pulmonary arterial hypertension, which is high blood pressure specifically of the lungs. A prescription is needed for this medication.

Viagra is used to treat men with sexual impotence and belongs to a group of drugs called phosphodiesterase inhibitors. These types of medications prevent particular enzymes from working too quickly. The penis is one of the parts of the body where this enzyme works, and the results are that it inhibits erection. Viagra works by controlling the enzyme in order to help a man get and maintain an erection.

Viagra is also used to treat men and women with high blood pressure between the heart and lungs. This medication works on a particular enzyme in the lungs to relax the blood vessels. This in turn increases the supply of blood sent to the lungs and helps to reduce the workload on the heart.

Proper Use

As with all prescription medications, use as directed by a doctor. Do not use more or more often than is directed. If this is not adhered to, the chance of negative side effects increases.

This medication can be taken with or without food. Viagra begins to work for erectile dysfunction within thirty minutes after taking the first dose and will continue to work for up to four hours, but the usual working time is two hours.

Dosing

Different doses are recommended for different patients, so always follow doctors’ orders.

The following information is an average estimation of what most patients take. The amount taken depends on the strength of the medication and the number of doses prescribed.

For treatment of erectile dysfunction, the recommendations are as follows:

  • Oral Tablet Dosage for adults up to sixty-five years old, fifty milligrams is the single dose, once a day, one hour before sexual activity.
  • Adults 65 and older, twenty-five milligrams is the average, once a day dosage.
  • Not recommended for children.

For treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, the recommendations are as follows:

  • Oral Tablet or Suspension Dosage for adults is five or twenty milligrams, three times a day, taken four to six hours apart.
  • Children’s dosage must be determined by a doctor.

No prescription medication should be taken without the direction of a physician. Be sure to ask your doctor what the proper dosage is for your specific needs.

 

Drug Interactions

Don’t take Viagra when taking medication that contains nitrates (usually for chest pain).

Do not take Viagra with guanylate cyclase stimulators, a medication often used to treat pulmonary hypertension. The interaction between Viagra and these medications could cause blood pressure to drop dangerously.

People with liver impairment, kidney disease or retinal disorders should not take Viagra.

Other possible side effects of the drug include headaches, impaired vision, nasal congestion, photophobia, and dyspepsia. In rare cases it can cause optic neuropathy, heart attack, and hearing loss.

Always talk to the doctor about any homeopathic medications that are being taken as some may interact with Viagra.

 

Advantages of Viagra over other ED Medications

Since Viagra is the most well-known treatment for ED and has been used by millions of men over a twenty-year period, it has become one of the most trusted medications for erectile dysfunction. Here are some advantages to using Viagra over other brands:

  • The effects of the medication last up to four hours. This means that an erection can be achieved anytime during this time frame if stimulation is given. This leaves room for spontaneous intercourse. Other ED medications are only active between thirty minutes and two hours.
  • The pill is easy to take. The blue pill is the medication’s most well-known characteristics. Swallowing this tablet is discreet, easy, and convenient.
  • The timing of the pill is spot on. The vast majority of men who take the medication are able to get an erection with in thirty to sixty minutes when stimulated.
  • The effectiveness of the treatment is what still draws men back to this treatment. All three dosages available provide the necessary results in a high percentage of men.
  • The minimal amount of side effects is a huge draw. All drugs have side effects, but Viagra has been seen to be very well tolerated. It is so well tolerated that it only produces mild side effects in a small percentage of those who take it.
  • Viagra is a trusted medicine because it is manufactured by a trusted pharmaceutical brand, Pfizer. Since its inception in 1998, the medication has treated more men than any ED medication.

Benefits for Men

Viagra offers a variety of benefits for its users. Outlined below are some of these benefits for its male recipients:

  • The medication has brought a new dimension to the perception of sex and sexuality.
  • Viagra has created an awareness around the sexual health of men.
  • The medication can benefit some men with heart failure.


Suggestions for a Successful Experience with Viagra

There are some essential tips having a successful experience when making the decision to take Viagra. Here are a few of those tips:

  • Take time to allow the medication to work. Times vary from person to person, to allow for the medication to be absorbed into the body. Waiting the correct duration will make for an optimal sexual experience.
  • Viagra should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Taking the pill with a large meal means it may take longer for it to work. This occurs because the body absorbs the meal before the medication.
  • Sexual stimulation is the most important component to Viagra’s ability to work. This is needed for the erection to occur. The medication will only work if there is adequate stimulation.
  • It’s possible that Viagra may not work the very first time it is taken, although for a majority of men it does. For some it can take several doses of the medication to fully get into the system. Sometimes this means up to six doses before full effect takes place.
  • Buying the genuine product, as opposed to the generic version is the way to go. The amount of clinical trials the genuine product has been in is extensive, whereas the generic versions have not.
  • Be vigilant about the dosage and what feels right. The lowest possible dose that will provide results is what should be aimed for. Talk to your doctor about any dosage questions you have or if you feel your current dosage is not working.