Sildenafil Citrate is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension and sold as the brand name Viagra among others.
Sildenafil is a prescription medicine usually recommended by doctors to treat erectile problems. It works by increasing blood flow to the male organ thereby helping a man get and maintain an erection for a longer duration when he is sexually aroused or stimulated, but this medicine does not provide sexual stimulation. Sildenafil works only when there is sexual stimulation, otherwise, it will not work. It works very effectively for the management of impotence or erectile dysfunction. When a man is sexually stimulated, nitric oxide is released by the nervous system in the erectile tissue of the penis. Nitric oxide triggers an enzyme that produces messenger cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) which in turn causes the arteries in the penis to widen so that the arteries and the erectile tissue filled with blood resulting in an erection. Sildenafil prevents cGMP from deteriorating, so the blood flow and the erection can continue.
Sildenafil works in different ways if you are suffering from erection dysfunction problem Sildenafil works by increasing blood flow to the penis. This helps you get or maintain an erection. Sildenafil works for ED if you’re sexually aroused. If you are suffering from pulmonary arterial hypertension Sildenafil works by relaxing the muscles of blood vessels in the lungs to allow blood to flow easily. This decreases the blood pressure in your lungs.
But it is important to know the effects of sildenafil are different in each person. This drug starts working about 30-60 minutes after its taken and lasts up to around 5 hours. The effect of Sildenafil depends on a number of factors such as – age, diet, dosage, health conditions, lifestyle and other medications. For Sildenafil to work better always follow your doctor’s instructions given to you to prevent any negative side effects and do not overdose yourself for faster results.
Common side effects include
- flushed skin
- prolonged erections
- blurred vision
- back pain
- muscle pain
Sildenafil should not be taken by people who take nitrates such as nitroglycerin (glycerin trinitrate), as this may result in a severe and potentially fatal drop in blood pressure.
Side effects of overdosing sildenafil citrate
Taking an overdose of Sildenafil citrate could prove to be very dangerous for your body. Symptoms of an overdose of this drug can include:
- upset stomach
- low blood pressure
- vision problems
- hearing problems
- chest pain
- heart attack
- irregular heartbeats
If you take an overdose of Sildenafil and experience the above-mentioned side effects, call your doctor immediately and take necessary medical help. Always take your doctor’s advice before deciding to take Sildenafil.