Sildenafil Citrate is a generic variant of Viagra belonging to PDE5 inhibitor class that relaxes and dilates blood vessels around the genital region thus triggering erection. The flow of blood is augmented in greater proportion to an extent that the medication provides treatment for erectile dysfunction, irrespective of the body type.
On the other hand, there are also other medical conditions for which Sildenafil Citrate is recommended in the recent times. The blood flow is regulated through the inhibition of PDE5 enzyme that is supposed to play the role of an obstructionist in the functioning of enzyme perceived to channelize the blood flow around the genital region.
Things you should know before commencing treatment with Sildenafil Citrate
People who are down with medical ailments like complication in the genitals, eyes, brain, heart, liver and blood cells should restrain from consuming this medication.
Avoid taking the Sildenafil Citrate in conjunction with Revatio, which also contains Sildenafil but is used for treating hypertension. Inform the doctor of all the medications you may be taking, without regard to the ingredients, like prescription, over the counter, herbal, and vitamin supplements as they cause harmful interactions. Nitrate drugs should be avoided as it can bring the blood pressure to dangerously low.
Conditions like erection lasting more than four hours or painful erection may occur as side effects. Consult the doctor immediately if this happens. Changes in vision like blurred or loss of vision and hearing problems like buzzing; ringing or loss of hearing should be reported to the doctor immediately.
Sildenafil Citrate is indicated for use only in men, and should be taken by women and children less than eighteen years old. Pregnant and breast-feeding should avoid taking this drug as well.
Do not take Sildenafil Citrate tablets with alcohol or any grapefruit products.
How to dose Sildenafil Citrate properly?
Sildenafil is available for use in the dosage strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg, which may be prescribed according to the severity of the condition and the drug tolerance in the user. Hence, the patient may be started on the lowest dose initially and titrated to higher doses later if need be.
The drug should be taken as advised by the prescribing doctor and after reading the instructions on the product insert. Take the single dose, on an as-needed basis, about thirty minutes to an hour or up to four hours before sexual activity.
Never take more than a single dose in a day. The drug does not enhance libido but only aids in the erection. Sexual stimulation and arousal is important in order to feel its effects.
Doubling the dose or taking more than one dose of Sildenafil Citrate in a day will only increase the risk of side effects.
Side effects frequently reported are difficulty in urination, stomach ache, tingling feeling and bladder pain. The rare yet serious side effects are change in vision, anxiety, chest pain, enlargement of breast, paleness in skin, difficulty in concentrating, dizziness, and sudden drop in hearing ability, seizure, and pain in bones