A patient should always ask medical advice from a doctor before deciding to use Viagra or any other drugs. There could be unpredictable problems that may be harmful for your general health. Using drugs including Viagra improperly can lead to serious health consequences, so it is best to consult a doctor who has a patient’s comprehensive medical history. A patient may have other serious health conditions such as a history of a heart attack or unstable angina, may take other medications such as nitrates which contradict with Viagra use.
So before using Viagra do visit your doctor and tell him/her if:
- You have problems with heart, heart rhythm or angina;
- You have a history of a heart attack, stroke or heart failure;
- You have hypotension or hypertension;
- You have any blood cell disorders;
- You have kidney or liver problems;
- You have had a priapism condition;
- You have a physical deformity of a penis;
- You take other medications.
Your doctor will assess whether there is any risk for your health if you use Viagra. Besides only a doctor can adjust the right dose for you to eliminate the possibility of health consequences and side effects.
Viagra helps many men (4 out of 5 men) with erectile dysfunction to respond adequately to sexual stimulation. When a man is sexually aroused, Viagra enables the penis to fill with enough blood for an erection. After sex is over, the erection goes away naturally.
In eight large double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover studies of adult male patients with erectile dysfunction induced by different factors, the use of Viagra with sexual stimulation improved erections. Special evaluation was done by RigiScan allowing objectively assessing hardness and duration of erections produced by Viagra.
The efficacy of Viagra was observed approximately 45- 60 minutes post dose. Still some men experienced the effect within 30 minutes post dose. The erectile response generally increased with the dose increases. Still the side effects occurrence also increases with the increases in the dose. The Viagra effect as assessed in most studies was up to 4 hours.
Viagra is produced in different doses (25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg of Sildenafil), this allows to find the proper dose for each patient. The starting dose for most patients is 50 mg, it is recommended by the doctors and most experts. Still some of the doctors advise to start with the lowest dose, it can be as well effective. If a patient does not achieve the desirable results, a doctor usually increases the dose.
Before the treatment is started it is very important to determine the right dose which will work for you individually and will be safe for your health.
Remember, that Viagra is a potent drug, never take more than your doctor prescribes. Viagra should not be taken more than once a day (24 hours should pass between doses).
A lower dose of Viagra is prescribed for certain groups of patients, including:
- Geriatrics, men over the age 65. They may be more sensitive to the action of the drug.
- Men who have serious liver or kidney problems. Doctors usually prescribe them the lowest dose (25 mg) of Viagra. Sometimes, more time between doses is needed (48 or even 72 hours).
- Men taking protease inhibitors are also recommended to take a 25 mg dose in a 48 hour period.
- Men with enlarged prostate or hypertension who take other medicines (alpha blockers) also receive the lowest dose of Viagra for ED.
Viagra is taken about 30-60 minutes before sexual activity. Some men can notice that the drug works within 15 minutes after dose. The effect can last up to 4 hours.
Viagra should be taken on an empty stomach to get the results. Take the drug with full glass of water.
Originally Sildenafil was designed for people with heart problems, but the researchers observed its properties in improving erectile function. Viagra is not for everyone. It is indicated and prescribed only for those men who have been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction or impotence. Viagra is not indicated to be used in women for the purposes of improving libido. Viagra is not indicated to be used in children. Serious side effects may occur if the drug is taken wrong.
Men who experience erectile dysfunction periodically should consult their doctors about the possibility of Viagra use. Men who have persistent problems with erections can choose Viagra treatment as a very effective and verified by time.
Viagra is usually well tolerated by most men and can be used practically without any restrictions in healthy males. Males who experience other unrelated conditions have to take the lower dose of the drug. In men with any serious condition such as kidney or liver impairment Viagra must be used only under a doctor’s supervision.
Viagra is a safe and clinically tested medication with high percentage of efficacy in the treatment of ED if taken properly. The wrong usage of Viagra may have serious consequences for a person’s health. Learn the information about how the medication should be taken properly.
Viagra should be used in a dose which is prescribed by your doctor. Do not exceed you dose on your own, even if you think that the lower dose is not right for you. It is better consulting with your doctor first.
Viagra should not be taken with nitrates. Viagra should not also be used with any medication with potential to lower blood pressure. Viagra is a mild vasodilator and if it is taken in combination with other strong vasodilator, a serious drop in blood pressure may occur. Men with heart disease who take nitrates or other drugs for heart should know about this Viagra contraindication and never mix these two drug classes.
Some medicines can affect the way Viagra acts. Inform your doctor about any medicines you are taking. If you are taking alpha-blockers, medications for the treatment of high blood pressure or prostate problems you should consult your doctor about the possibility of taking Viagra.
If you are taking a protease inhibitor, your dose may be adjusted by your doctor. Sometimes a period of more than 24 hours may be needed between Viagra doses.
Viagra should not be used with any other medical treatments for erectile dysfunction. These treatments are pills inserted to the penis and injections implants or vacuum pumps.
Viagra should not be used with recreational purposes by men who have no erectile problems. It is also not possible to use Viagra with any recreational or illegal drugs such as marihuana, ecstasy and others.