Viagra and Patients

By | 06.04.2018

Recent news said that the major UK pharmacy chain Boots is going to sell Viagra over the counter. For the first time this drug would be available without a prescription. However, most of the physicians do not like the availability of the anti-impotence drugs without prescription because Viagra and other related drugs are high-risk drugs which requires complete physical check up and medical history analysis before a patient uses them else there might be many life threatening side-effects which can be experienced by the patient.

Viagra and Patients

Here is the list of information about which the patient must be aware of; Read this information carefully before you start taking Viagra. The source of patient information given below is the official site of Pfizer. Please remember, one should use Viagra only after obtaining a prescription after complete physical examination by an authorized medical health provider.

– Viagra is not for everyone. It is intended for use only by men with condition called erectile dysfunction.
– Viagra must never be used by men who are taking medicines that contain nitrates of any kind, at any time. This includes nitroglycerin.
– Do not take more Viagra than what your doctor prescribes.
– If you think you need a larger dose of Viagra, check with your doctor.
– Viagra should not be taken more than once a day.

What Is Viagra?

Viagra or Sildenafil Citrate is a pill used to treat erectile dysfunction or impotence in men. It can help many men who have erectile dysfunction to get an erection when they become sexually stimulated. You will not get an erection just by taking this medicine; it will help only when you are sexually excited. Viagra functions by supplying ample blood to the penis fill which further causes an erection. After sex is over, the erection goes away.

Viagra is NOT for Everyone

Viagra is not for everyone. You need to ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. If you take any medicines that contain nitrates, either regularly or as needed, you should never take Viagra. If you take Viagra with any nitrate medicine or recreational drug containing nitrates, your blood pressure could suddenly drop to an unsafe level. You could get dizzy, faint, or even have a heart attack or stroke. Nitrates are found in many prescription medicines that are used to treat angina (chest pain due to heart disease) such as:
– nitroglycerin (sprays, ointments, skin patches or pastes, and tablets that are swallowed or dissolved in the mouth)
– isosorbide mononitrate and isosorbide dinitrate (tablets that are swallowed, chewed, or dissolved in the mouth)
– Nitrates are also found in recreational drugs such as amyl nitrate or nitrite (“poppers”). If you are not sure whether your medicines contain nitrates, or if you do not understand what nitrates are, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
– Viagra is only for patients with erectile dysfunction. Viagra is not for newborns, children, or women. Do not let anyone else take your Viagra. Viagra must be used only under a doctor’s supervision.

What Viagra Does Not Do?

– Viagra does not cure erectile dysfunction. It is a temporary treatment for erectile dysfunction.
– Viagra does not protect you or your partner from getting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV-the virus that causes AIDS.
– Viagra is not a hormone or an aphrodisiac.

What to Tell Your Doctor before You Begin Viagra?

Only your doctor can decide if Viagra is right for you. Viagra can cause mild, temporary lowering of your blood pressure. You will need to have a thorough medical exam to diagnose your erectile dysfunction and to find out if you can safely take Viagra alone or with your other medicines. Your doctor should determine if your heart is healthy enough to handle the extra strain of having sex.

Be sure to tell your doctor if you:

-have ever had any heart problems (e.g., angina, chest pain, heart failure, irregular heart beats, heart attack or narrowing of the aortic valve)
-have ever had a stroke
-have low or high blood pressure
-have ever had severe vision loss
-have a rare inherited eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa
-have ever had any kidney problems
-have ever had any liver problems
-have ever had any blood problems, including sickle cell anemia or leukemia
-are allergic to Sildenafil or any of the other ingredients of Viagra tablets
-have a deformed penis, Peyronie’s disease, or ever had an erection that lasted more than 4 hours
-have stomach ulcers or any types of bleeding problems
– are taking any other medicines

Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of Viagra in certain circumstances. For example:

– If you are older than age 65, or have serious liver or kidney problems, your doctor may start you at the lowest dose (25 mg) of Viagra.
– If you are taking protease inhibitors, such as for the treatment of HIV, your doctor may recommend a 25 mg dose and may limit you to a maximum single dose of 25 mg of Viagra in a 48 hour period.
– If you have prostate problems or high blood pressure for which you take medicines called alpha blockers, your doctor may start you on a lower dose of Viagra.

Do not increase or change your dose without taking advice from your doctor.

Accidental Overdose

In case of accidental overdose, call your doctor right away.