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Sildenafil Citrate (Generic Viagra)

Sildenafil Citrate is a prescription medicine that is used for the treatment of a common male sexual disorder called Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Originally, it was meant for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs). During clinical trials, scientists found that Sildenafil Citrate was helping men to achieve harder and durable erection. Since then, it is predominately prescribed for treating erectile dysfunction.

Sildenafil Citrate, under the brand name Viagra, is used to treat erectile dysfunction, or sexual impotence, in men. Another brand of this medicinal drug is Revatio, which is used to manage the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension. However, it is now available in various generic potencies and versions (Generic Viagra), which are available at relatively reasonable price.

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Pharmacological Action

Sildenafil Citrate belongs to a group of drugs called phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors. By inhibiting the secretion of PDE5, the drug allows the body to release a chemical called nitric oxide. Elevation in nitric oxide increases the blood circulation throughout the system. The muscles in the walls of the arteries and the blood vessels dilate so that the blood flows flawlessly into the spongy erectile tissues for an erection. This way an erection is possible on sexual stimulation.

How should you use Sildenafil Citrate?

  • You should use Sildenafil Citrate exactly as prescribed by your doctor and make sure you follow all directions carefully.
  • Do not take the dose in smaller or larger quantities for longer duration than recommended.
  • Usually, 50 mg is an ideal dosage of this erection drug, but some men may require 25 or 100 mg. Talk to your doctor for appropriate dosage. 
  • You need to take the prescribed dose only when required, 30 to 60 minutes before intending to indulge in sexual activity.
  • Do not take this medicine more than once in a day.
  • Sildenafil Citrate will help you achieve an erection when you are sexually aroused. An erection is not possible just by taking the pill.
  • The drug may make you a bit dizzy, so avoid performing outdoor, risky activities that need attention.
  • Do not overdose with this medicine; otherwise, you will experience unpleasant side effects.
  • Store the medicine in a cool, dry place; more importantly, away from children and women.
  • Avoid alcohol, grapefruits and fatty foods while using Sildenafil Citrate, as they readily hamper drug absorption.         

Vital Information

Before using Sildenafil Citrate or Generic Viagra, you need to discuss with your doctor about the pros and cons of using it. To ensure the drug is safe to use, inform your doctor about:

  • Medical issues such as heart disease, brain disorders, liver or kidney dysfunction, anemia, leukemia, stomach ulcers or any other debilitating problems
  • Undergoing treatment with OTC or prescription meds, herbal products or supplements
  • Allergic to any medications

Side Effects

Mild side effects of this ED drug include nausea, headache, blur vision, dizziness, hot flashes, upset stomach and nasal congestion. These side effects are usually mild and subside after some time. Get immediate medical attention if you experience chest pain, breathlessness, skin rashes, swelling of face or lips and irregular pulse.

Who should not use Sildenafil Citrate?

Women and children are not allowed to use this prescription medicine. The efficacy of this medicine is not yet studied in females. Men who are under 18 years should also stay away from this ED drug. Physicians contraindicate this medicine to men who already use nitrates medicine, men who are allergic to Sildenafil Citrate and men with debilitating medical problems.

Which drugs interact with Sildenafil Citrate?

Following are the medicines that adversely interact with this ED medicine:

  • Nitrates
  • Alpha-blockers
  • Antidepressants
  • Antihypertensive medicines
  • Antimicrobials
  • Prostate medicines

It is important that you use any medicine made from Sildenafil Citrate under the supervision of your doctor. Stay away from self-medicate and overuse of this impotence drug.

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