What is Viagra used for? Viagra is used to treat impotence in men.
Viagra increases the bodys ability to achieve and maintain an erection during sexual
stimulation. Viagra does not protect you from getting sexually transmitted diseases,
Who should not take Viagra?
- Men who are currently using medicines that contain nitrates, such as
nitroglycerin should not use Viagra because taken together they can lower the blood
pressure too much.
- Viagra should not be used by women or children.
Reports of Patients Experiences Since Viagra Became Available:
In patients taking Viagra, several heart-related side effects have been
reported, including heart attack, sudden death, irregular heart rhythm, stroke, chest
pain, and increased blood pressure. It is not possible to determine whether these events
are directly related to Viagra, to sexual activity, to the patients heart condition,
to a combination of these factors, or to other factors.
The following factors are associated with
increased blood levels of Viagra:
- age greater than 65 years
- liver problems (such as cirrhosis)
- severe kidney problems
- taking certain medications at the same time (e.g.,
ketoconazole, itraconazole, erythromycin and saquinavir).
In these patients, the recommended starting dose of
Viagra is 25 mg.
Viagra was not studied in patients who have a history of the following
Heart attack, stroke, or life-threatening irregular heart rhythm within the
last 6 months
Very low and very high blood pressure
Heart failure or unstable chest pain
Certain eye disorders
Because Viagra lowers blood pressure, your doctor will evaluate your overall
medical condition to determine if Viagra, in combination with sexual activity, could
adversely affect you.
Viagra can cause a rare but serious condition of prolonged erection
(priapism). It is important to contact your health care provider immediately if your
erection lasts longer than 4 hours.
Men for whom sexual activity is inadvisable may not be good candidates for
Tell your doctor if you are taking protease
inhibitors for the treatment of HIV.
General Precautions with Viagra:
- You should have a complete medical history and exam to determine the cause of
your impotence before taking Viagra.
- Men who have medical conditions that may cause a sustained erection such as
sickle cell anemia, leukemia or multiple myeloma or who have an abnormally shaped penis
may not be able to take Viagra.
- There are several medications that are known to interact with Viagra, so be sure
to tell your doctor about all medications you are taking including those you can get
without a prescription.
- Viagra has not been studied with other treatments for impotence, so use in
combination with other treatments is not recommended.
What are some possible side effects of Viagra? (This list is NOT a
complete list of side effects reported with Viagra. Your health care provider can discuss
with you a more complete list of side effects.) (See "Reports of
Patients Experiences Since Viagra Became Available " for additional
information). The following is a listing of the most common side effects:
- Upset stomach
- Stuffy nose
- Urinary tract infection
- Visual changes such as mild and temporary changes in blue/green colors or
increased sensitivity to light.
For more detailed information about Viagra, ask your health care provider.