Consisting of the active ingredient sildenafil citrate, Viagra is one of the most popular and effective oral prescription medications used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men. Erectile dysfunction is commonly known as impotence and is characterized by a complete, partial or inconsistent inability to achieve or retain an erection that is good enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Before taking Viagra, you should be aware of few very important information about Viagra like eligibility to take Viagra, precautions and side effects.
Conditions to get a Viagra prescription
Since Viagra is a prescription medication, it cannot be used for recreational purposes and can only be prescribed for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
It is not recommended for those below the age of 18 or for those who are allergic to sildenafil or any of the other ingredients in Viagra.
You should not take Viagra or any other erectile dysfunction medication if you have been advised to abstain from sexual activity due to medical reasons.
You cannot get a Viagra prescription if you suffer from serious health conditions such as heart disease or irregular heartbeat; stroke; congestive heart failure; low or high blood pressure; coronary artery disease; kidney or liver disease; blood cell disorders such as multiple myeloma, sickle cell anaemia or leukaemia; bleeding disorders such as Haemophilia; stomach ulcers; penile deformities such as Peyronies disease and vision problems such as retinitis pigmentosa.
Men older than 65 may be prescribed the lowest dose of this medication.
If you have been prescribed protease inhibitors for treating HIV, your doctor may limit you to a 25mg dose in a period of 48 hours.
A lower dose may be prescribed if you take alpha blockers for the treatment of high blood pressure or prostate problems.
Avoid Viagra if you currently take nitrate medications for angina or chest pain.
Viagra is not licensed for women or for those below the age of 18 years.
Precautions for Viagra usage
Do not take Viagra or any other prescription impotence medications without consulting your doctor first.
Do not adjust your Viagra dosage without your doctors recommendation.
Consult your healthcare provider if you have conditions such as blood vessel disease or heart disease; liver disease or liver failure; history of stroke, heart disease or arrhythmia; history of priapism (prolonged and painful erections) and allergies of any kind.
It is essential to provide a complete list of all the prescription or non-prescription medications you take, including herbal supplements or tonics. This will help to avoid potential drug interactions.
Common, less common and rare side effects of Viagra
The effects of Viagra have been extensively studied and documented in a number of clinical trials. Some of the minor and commonly experienced side effects of Viagra include:
Dyspepsia or indigestion
Dizziness or fainting spells
Back and joint pain
Respiratory tract infections
Symptoms of influenza
Some of less common but more serious side effects of Viagra include:
Congestive heart failure
Temporary loss of vision or hearing
Dry mouth syndrome
This is not an exhaustive list of Viagra side effects. You need to consult your doctor or pharmacist for a more detailed one.