Viagra, which is also known as Sildenafil,
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is synonymous with erectile dysfunction. Thanks to a number of immensely effective advertising campaigns over the years, this
is generally the first treatment method people consider for ED. Deciding on whether or not a prescription of Viagra
is right for you will depend on a few things. It will be dependent upon whether or not you actually suffer from erectile dysfunction, what sort of medications you are already taking, your current state of health, and what your doctor feels is the best way to treat your erectile dysfunction.
Discussing the possibility of this drug with your doctor is obviously important, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be your first step. A little research can help you to determine if you do indeed suffer from erectile dysfunction. Further research into this can help you to have an informed discussion with your doctor, if you do in fact decide to seek testing and potential treatment for erectile dysfunction.
About Erectile Dysfunction
To many, erectile dysfunction is dissimilar to impotency. This subject that continues to be debated, but what everyone agrees on is the official diagnosis of erectile dysfunction.
ED is the chronic inability to achieve and maintain an erection. If you find yourself suffering from this once in a great while, chances are you don’t have erectile dysfunction. Stressors at that particular moment can be causing a temporary inability to get an erection. This is not erectile dysfunction. ED is a consistent struggle to gain an erection. If left untreated, it can cause considerable anxiety, depression, and even problems with your significant other.
There are a number of health conditions both physical and psychological that can cause erectile dysfunction. Some of these conditions can include depression, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, anxiety, and many more. It’s also possible that your erectile dysfunction could be part of a larger health problem.
You won’t know, until you make an appointment to consult with a physician. You can discuss all of these things, and you can also discuss whether or not this pill is right for you.
Before Taking Viagra
You should discuss any of the following conditions with your doctor before taking this:
- Heart disease, heart rhythm problems, or coronary artery disease.
- An incident involving a heart attack, a stroke, or congestive heart failure within the past six months.
- Blood pressure that is either very low or very high.
- If you suffer from liver or kidney disease.
- If you suffer from certain blood disorders.
- If your penis suffers from any physical deformity that has been officially diagnosed by a physician.
- If you suffer from stomach ulcers.
- If you suffer from retinitis pigmentosa.
- If you have been advised by a physician to avoid sexual intercourse for reasons related to your health.
- If you suffer from any bleeding disorders.
All of these are serious enough conditions that you should definitely discuss any of them with your doctor.
How to take Viagra
There is nothing particularly difficult about taking this pill. You should consult with your doctor as to any special instructions:
- This can be taken orally, and it can be taken with or without food.
- The capsule should be swallowed whole.
- Most take it 1 hour prior to sexual activity, but it is okay to take it anywhere between 4 hours and 30 minutes before sexual activity.
- Should you forget to take a dose, but are still intending to engage in sexual activity, you should take a dose immediately.
- Do not take more than what has been prescribed to you by your doctor.
If you have any questions about these guidelines, discuss them with your doctor.
Side effects of Viagra
There is an array of minor and severe side effects that you should keep in mind. If you experience any of these, it is advisable to cease taking this pill at once, and consult your doctor:
- Stuffy nose
- Upset stomach
- Memory loss
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Stuffy nose
- Upset or sour stomach
- Difficulty breathing
- Tightness in chest
- Swelling of mouth, face, lips, or tongue
These are side effects that should be taken very seriously, although some are more serious than others.
Other Information Regarding Viagra
Keep in mind that this does not prevent HIV/AIDs, STDs, or pregnancy. Should you find yourself in a situation of having overdosed, or if your erection has persisted for more than 4 hours, you should consult a physician immediately.
Do not share your prescription. It is only intended to be used be the person it was prescribed for.
This information should give you plenty to discuss with your doctor, if you do indeed have ED.