Is Sildenafil citrate helpful for treating ED? Know here

  • What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?

    Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common sexual health issue in men. It does not allow men to achieve or sustain a firm and strong penile erection. It is more commonly seen in men above 40 years of age.

    What is Sildenafil citrate?

    Sildenafil citrate was a drug molecule discovered by the group of scientist working at Pfizer. It was approved for use in treatment of erectile dysfunction in the year 1998 by FDA. It was a major breakthrough in the field of sexual medicine. Several research studies have proved its safety and efficacy time and again. It is available in three standard doses- 25mg, 50mg and 100mg. But, 100mg dose was found out to be the most effective dose.

    It is sold under the brand name Viagra and is available as little blue pills for oral consumption.

    How does it help in treating ED?

    Sildenafil citrate inhibits the PDE-5 enzyme, which is present in abundance inside the penile region. The inhibition rises the levels of cGMP inside the penile region and boosts nitric oxide levels. This in turn produces relaxation of smooth muscles and dilation of the blood vessels inside the penile region. The blood flows easily flows through dilated blood vessels. The improved blood flow is responsible for producing a firm and strong penile erection.

    The action of Sildenafil citrate can be seen within 30 to 60 minutes after taking the drug orally. So, it is necessary to take this medicine at least 30 minutes before engaging in the act of love making.  The action of this medicine lasts for the duration of four to five hours.

    Safety profile

    It is absolutely a safe medicine and is well-tolerated in most cases. Only a few men can observed side effects, which include nausea, headache, diarrhea and sinus congestion. However, these side effects are minimal and they subside after the drug eliminates from the body.

    Precautions and warnings

    This medicine is not recommend for men below 18 years of age. Take this medicine only once in period of 24 hours and only on demand. Taking this medication unnecessarily can result in undesirable consequences.

    For better results take this medicine on empty stomach. Do not consume grapefruit products, alcohol and fatty meals while taking Sildenafil.  

    Sildenafil citrate should not be administered to men who are taking nitrates and blood pressure lowering medicines and to them who are allergic to it.

    Avoid engaging in outdoor activities such as driving after taking Sildenafil citrate.

    Thus, if all the warnings and precautions are followed, Sildenafil citrate is very useful medication for treating ED.