Many men around the world suffer from a problem called erectile dysfunction or impotence. It has become a common problem but the negative thing is that rather than sharing with their partners or doctors they keep it a secret. They feel ashamed about themselves. But it is necessary that keeping a secret and not treating this problem will not only affect their health but also their relationship with their partners. It affects the quality of life of both the man as well as the partner.
What is Sildenafil and how it works?
Sildenafil is said to be an effective drug that is used to treat several health problems such as infertility in men, pulmonary hypertension, and Raynaud's phenomenon. It is known as a drug of choice to treat impotence in man. The brand name of Sildenafil is viagra. With a release of nitric oxide in the corpus cavernosum during sexual activity, it leads to the activation of enzymes and increases the level of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) that further leads to the relaxation of muscles and allows the inflow of blood. This increases blood flow cause an erection. Sildenafil inhibits the phosphodiesterase type 5 and enhances the effect of nitric oxide which increases the level of cGMP and allows men to experience a proper erection during sexual activity. Sildenafil has no effect in the absence of sexual stimulation. Some of the medicines that contain sildenafil as its active ingredient are Suhagra, Penegra, Cenforce, Tantra, etc.
Medical Uses Of Sildenafil
1. Erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is defined as an inability to maintain a satisfactory erection during sexual activity. It is also known as impotence. It is not considered as a disease, instead, it is a symptom of many other health problems and it becomes more common as men age. There is no doubt that with age it becomes common among men but advancing age is not the only reason behind this trouble. It is just one of the reasons, other reasons that could lead to the impotence includes unhealthy lifestyle (smoking, drinking), medical problems (diabetes), psychological issues (stress), etc.
2. Raynaud’s phenomenon
Raynaud phenomenon is a disorder of the blood vessels in which mainly the fingers and toes are involved. It is a medical condition in which the vasospasm leads to the reduction in the blood flow. When people suffer from this condition they experience that their affected part turning white and blue. And when the blood flow returns the area becomes red and burns. This condition is often triggered by cold or emotional stress. These are of two types, primary Raynaud when the cause of the condition is unknown and secondary Raynaud when the condition is caused due to other medical conditions. Sildenafil alleviates the vasospasm and treats the severe ulcers in fingers and toes for people who suffer from secondary Raynaud.
3. Pulmonary hypertension
Sildenafil helps in improving the condition of pulmonary hypertension. It is a condition which is related to the high blood pressure that affects the arteries of the lungs and the right side of the heart. This condition reduces the blood flow which makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood into the arteries.
1. Always consult your doctor
It should be noted that you take sildenafil only after consulting with the doctor and do not start or stop taking it without informing him. Also, always share your medical history and the list of all the medications you are taking with your doctor as there are many drugs that are known to interact with sildenafil. It is necessary to ensure that you are not taking any such drug with sildenafil or you are not allergic to any of the ingredient.
2. Do not take an overdose
Never take an overdose of sildenafil as it can lead to many side effects such as prolonged erection and can cause severe complications.
3. Keep it away from children
Men below the age of 18 are not permitted to take sildenafil and keep it away from children.
4. Do not operate any heavy machinery
It is recommended to avoid driving or operating any heavy machinery as there are some side effects of taking sildenafil and dizziness is one of them. Driving or operating machinery while feeling dizzy can lead to an accident.
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