FOR THE normal, sexually active man, Viagra has a nasty potential side-effect: it can cause permanent impotence, according to one specialist.
If you have erectile dysfunction and normally find it difficult to get a complete erection, Viagra might cause your erection to feel bigger than normal. However, it will not make your penis physically larger than its regular size.
Nothing much would happen if someone without erectile dysfunction took Viagra, although they might think they feel better, psychologically. But it would make a difference if you took it along with other drugs. Cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, alcohol, nicotine, crystal meth – they all can cause erection problems.
Taking Viagra recreationally could actually do more harm than good, instead of giving longer erections ED drug misuse could lead to unpleasant and dangerous side effects, as well as dependency on the drug.
Sildenafil is the generic for two common brand drugs on the market right now, Revatio and Viagra, but these drugs are approved by the FDA for two different uses. Revatio is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, while Viagra treats erectile dysfunction in men.
Just as Viagra helps men with erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow to the penis, it causes blood to flow to women’s sexual organs, potentially increasing sensitivity.
Avoid fatty meals on days when you plan on taking Viagra®. This can cause Viagra® to take effect more slowly. Try eating light meals throughout the day before taking Viagra®, and avoid heavy meals with red meat, fried food and other high-fat components.
Sildenafil for erectile dysfunction (Viagra) can be taken by men aged 18 and over. It’s not for women or children. Sildenafil for pulmonary hypertension (Revatio) can be taken by adults and children aged 1 and over.
The FDA hasn’t approved Viagra (sildenafil) itself for women to use. However, it has been prescribed off-label for women with a low sex drive. Off-label drug use means a drug that’s approved by the FDA for one purpose is used for a different purpose that hasn’t yet been approved.
It is safe to take every day, starting at 25mg or 50mg per dose with the option to go up to a 100mg dose for those who need it. If you have no problematic pre-existing health issues and you’re not taking other ED medications at the same time, you can take Sildenafil several days in a row.