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viagra increases oxytocinAccording to the researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Viagra can increase the release of oxytocin. Popularly referred to as the ‘cuddle chemical’ or ‘love hormone’, oxytocin is responsible for a number of functions in the body. Viagra is known for its multiple benefits and how it can even treat non-ED conditions like menstrual pain and altitude sickness. This current finding on how Viagra impacts the oxytocin levels is important as it helps to better understand how the drug works. Viagra for erectile dysfunction (ED) is easy to understand as the drug helps improve blood flow to the genital area during sexual stimulation. However, the mechanics of how the Sildenafil formulation helps improve other physical functions is not clearly understood. It is currently one of the most well researched drugs that the researchers continue to discover new things about.

The prescription drug Viagra is taken according to the dosage suitable for the person in overcoming ED. Using the drug for other purposes is now possible because of studies like these that explore all aspects of the pill.

Details of the study that demonstrated Viagra helps increase oxytocin

Oxytocin is an important chemical produce by the body that helps to improve social interaction and all fertility related requirements like reproduction and lactation. The production of oxytocin is stopped from time to time by the enzyme phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE-5), which is the same enzyme that constricts blood vessels which result in ED problems. Viagra being a PDE-5 inhibitor, the drug is ideal for researching and determining if it has any effect on the body’s oxytocin production.

The study was conducted in rats by treating their pituitary glands with Sildenafil, providing neural stimulation, and then measuring the amount of oxytocin released. The results demonstrated that the amount of oxytocin released was three times more than what was normally released without the drug. The medical researchers also noted that as with erectile dysfunction problems requiring stimulation for the drug to work, the same effects were required to get the posterior pituitary gland to respond to the medication. These findings do not change anything about how Viagra is used in men, but simply helps to understand better about the additional effects of the drug.

How will the increased oxytocin with Viagra affect sexual function?

Viagra is just as efficient in managing erection problems and aids in improving sexual health. The study was conducted simply to assess how the drug works apart from aiding erection. Since oxytocin is said to improve social interactions, the drug probably helps to boost feelings of love. However, this is unclear and additional research is required to understand if Viagra enhances one’s feelings or not. Meanwhile, those prescribed to take the drug should continue to do so as per the dosage information without any about how the drug will affect him. The ED drug Viagra could be doing more than just improving ED problems, but further research will determine what else the drug can do.

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