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Viagra and malaria parasitesResearchers have found a new treatment for malaria and this is with the help of Viagra medication. In this therapy, they are inhibiting the transmission of malaria parasites from the human body to the mosquitos. This would help in the prevention of spread of the condition in the population. All these were achieved due to the stiffening power of Viagra pills.

Trapping Malaria parasites

According to the study, they found a way to trap the malaria parasite named Plasmodium falciparum in the spleen just by altering its shape by taking Viagra drug. The malaria parasite has a very complex development cycle. Plasmodium falciparum is partially completed in the human body and partially in the mosquito. In case of human body, the malarial parasite would occupy the red blood cells. They do this in asexual form.

The blood cells might burst and cause infection to other cells thus bursting more number of cells again and again causing malaria in a human body. Some would enter again in the red blood cells forming male and female known as gametocytes.

These gametocytes would make the cells into a crescent shape which is not identified by the spleen’s blood filter. When these become mature they become free to travel in the blood. When the mosquito bites the infected human for a blood meal it gets passed on to it.

Treatments available for malaria

The current treatment involves concentrating on the asexual forms that are known for causing malaria symptoms in the body. It has no effect on the sexual form of the parasite which is responsible for the transmission from infected human to the mosquito.

To handle this issue, the researchers wanted to find a way to alter the shape of gametocyte. When this is done, it would be possible for the spleen to capture it. The researchers found the way with the help of the active ingredient Sildenafil citrate commonly known as Viagra commonly prescribed for erectile dysfunction.

When the Viagra pill was allowed to be taken, it was possible for them to affect the molecular design which hardened the parasite. Since it was stiffened, the infected cells were easily detected by the spleen. This makes it easy to trap the malarial parasite in the spleen.

Result of this study on Viagra for the usage by malaria patients

The research already had a clear picture that preventing the malarial parasite or deleting its genes would stop the growth of the malarial parasite. But, now with the Viagra medication they were able to achieve this.

In this research, it is found that Viagra that is already considered as a safe medication to be taken by humans can make the sexual form of this parasite to be hardened. This can be taken as a proof that new medications can be invented to specifically target the sexual forms of malarial parasite thus preventing the transmission from human to the mosquito.

Due to the new evidence that is found on Viagra, the researchers have taken a decision to initiate new studies on the medication. They wanted to know which would be the appropriate dosage strength for a person and to check whether there are chances for a person to get affected by any ill effects. Viagra medication has paved way for more options to treat malaria condition.

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