Do's and don'ts while taking Viagra

Viagra came on the scene recently to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, or impotence. It’s been the subject of lots of advertising and has gone mainstream with many men finding it a great aid in maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Men need a doctor’s prescription to obtain and use the drug that belongs to the school of medicines known as phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. They relax penile blood vessels during periods of sexual arousal. This creates better blood flow into the organ creating a proper erection. The drug only works during periods of sexual excitement and doesn’t affect sex drive.

Men currently prescribed nitrates for heart related problems should not take Viagra. The combination could result in a precipitous blood pressure drop, a condition that’s difficult to treat. Nitrates used for angina, or chest pain, include nitroglycerine, or glyceryl triniltrate, that are used in tablets and patches.

Do’s and Don’ts

People suffering strokes or heart attacks within the previous six months shouldn’t use it. Those with liver, heart, blood vessel problems, or have eye disease and vision loss along with allergies to similar medicines should avoid Viagra.

Viagra users need to be in good physical condition. Some of the do’s and don’ts while taking Viagra include being careful while drinking alcohol and avoiding the operation of anything mechanical.

Be aware of what’s going on around you. If you’re hit by a sudden angina attack or experience any kind of pain, contact your doctor immediately. Because the drug releases blood flow, it may affect vision, so any eye problems should be reported immediately.

Using Common Sense

Some common sense precautions are important. Don’t give Viagra to anybody else even if they have the same problems. Report problems like indigestion, rash, diarrhea, nasal congestion, dizziness, and headaches to your doctor.

While most men who use Viagra are very satisfied, they must be aware of any changes. Allergic signs like shortness of breath or swelling along with loss of hearing, seizures, and blurry vision may be signals that the medicinal interaction (as can be the case with any medicine) have been negative.

Erections shouldn’t last more than four hours. However, they should last long enough to engage in sexual intercourse. Should either problem occur, it’s imperative to contact health professionals and either adjust or eliminate dosage. The good news is most side effects are temporary and minor, so don’t be alarmed.

Do’s when it comes to Viagra include:

  • Get your doctor’s advice and prescription
  • Take Viagra after eating a light meal
  • Use only as necessary, not if functions are normal
  • Note any side effects and treat promptly
  • Relax and enjoy

Don’ts when it comes to Viagra include:

  • Give it to someone else with similar symptoms
  • Consider this a cure for impotence
  • Take if allergic to slidenafil citrate
  • Take in conjunction with too much alcohol
  • Take if not actually needed

Viagra comes in many different configurations and packaging. Tablets are available in three strengths. The 25 mg tablets are blue and clearly marked with strength and the Pfizer name. Tablets also are available in 50 mg and 100 mg amounts, four tablets to a box. The 100 mg tablets also come in 12-packs. Keep tablets in the packs when not using and store in a dry, cool area away from sinks or water.

Commonly, Viagra in its tablet form is known as slidenafil. It’s liquid form is sold as Revatio. Doctors recommend taking it about an hour before sexual interaction. However, it can be taken for 30 minutes to four hours before activity and prove effective. It may delay function should it be taken along with a high fat meal. One dose only should be taken in a 24-hour period.

Other special instructions may also apply. Discuss how much grapefruit and grapefruit juice you use since this may amplify the effects of medication. Men who smoke or are having surgery should consult their doctors. Since this medication is used only as needed, no worries if you feel you’ve missed a dose.

Viagra has become one of the most well-known drugs in America since its introduction in the 1990s. The little blue pill from Pfizer even was touted by former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole. Viagra uses the technology of the penile erection to make up for natural loss due to age or other conditions. It allows blood to circulate in that organ causing it to expand rather than contract. Many men have enjoyed the benefits of Viagra by taking the medication as prescribed by their medical practitioner.


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