Ah, the magical little blue pill. Viagra. This drug which is prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction in men, is often the go-to solution for those who have a hard time achieving an erection. But what are these little blue pills, and how do they work? Might they help you with your erectile dysfunction (ED)? And, how can you get them?
What is Viagra?
Viagra (sildenafil citrate) is the first oral prescription drug approved for use as an impotence treatment. Viagra was discovered in a research study funded by the company that later became Pfizer. The study was originally designed to look for a heart medicine, but the researchers found that sildenafil citrate had a powerful effect on the sexual arousal and the ability to achieve erections in men. Viagra was originally developed as a treatment for heart disease, and it was only later that the potential of this drug for treating ED was recognized.
How Does Viagra Work?
Viagra works by increasing the amount of blood flow to the penis, which in turn allows the arteries in the penis to relax and open up, allowing more blood flow into the penis. The result is an erection. The erection is achieved without the need for physical stimulation because the brain is stimulated by the chemical effects of sildenafil citrate.
Viagra is effective in approximately 80 percent of men with ED. Viagra is a prescription drug, and it is therefore available only through a licensed health care professional. You should discuss the risks and benefits of this treatment with your doctor before beginning treatment.
Viagra is available in a range of dosages: 25mg, 50mg and 100mg. The recommended starting dose is 50mg, taken one to three hours before sexual activity. If you don't achieve an erection, you may take another 50mg dose.
Viagra is available as a generic drug, and thus it is available in a wide range of dosages and brand names. Common brand names include Viagra, Revatio and Sildenafil. The drug is intended for use only in men.
Viagra does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It does not stop the spread of HIV or Hepatitis. STDs and STIs are spread by unprotected sexual contact.
Viagra is not recommended for men who take nitrates for chest pain or heart disease. It is also not recommended for those who have just had heart surgery.
Viagra can increase the chances of developing a painful condition called priapism. This condition is a prolonged and painful erection. It is rare, occurring in less than one percent of men who take Viagra. If priapism develops, seek medical attention immediately.
Most men who take Viagra report the effects last between four and five hours. But the effects may be longer for some men, and for others the effects may be shorter. This is common.
Viagra is not recommended for men who:
- Have had a heart attack or stroke.
- Have lower blood pressure, certain heart rhythm disorders, or certain types of irregular heartbeat.
- Have bleeding disorders, who have recently suffered a stroke, or who have recently had a heart attack.
- Have had a stroke in the past six months.
- Have had a heart attack or stroke in the past six months.
Viagra is not a miracle drug. It will not solve all of your problems. But it is a drug that can help many men with erectile dysfunction. You should discuss the risks and benefits of this treatment with your doctor before beginning treatment.
How Can I Get Viagra?
Viagra is a prescription drug, and therefore it is available only through a licensed health care professional.
You can get a prescription for the generic version of Viagra, Sildenafil, completely online without even turning your camera on. Phoenix Health is a telehealth company that specializes in men's health.
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