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 SIDE EFFECTS OF VIAGRA

What you need to know

In 1998  Viagra or  Sildenafil became the first FDA-approved medication of its kind  It’s used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), which is when you have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection for sexual activity.  

Viagra works by causing more blood to flow to the penis for an erection. This effect can be beneficial for ED. But it can also cause bothersome side effects, like flushing and headache or upset stomach. But although rare, serious side effects can happen, too.

Here are the Side effects of Viagra you should know about and how to manage them. We’ll review how common they are, what to watch for, and when you should contact your healthcare provider.

 Headaches

Headaches are common if you take Viagra. Between  14%   and 20% of people report experiencing them after taking the medication. This can include cluster headaches and migraines. The higher your dosage, the more likely you’ll experience headaches and migraine.

Viagra primarily affects blood vessels in the penis. But it can also affect blood vessels in other parts of your body. It has the potential to affect blood flow and promote chemical changes in the brain, which then causes headaches.

Headaches from Viagra often resolve on their own. If they’re bothersome, your healthcare provider may tell you to take an over-the-counter pain reliever, like  Tylenol, Advil, and Motrin, as needed. They may also lower your dosage or switch you to different ED medication.

 Flushing

There are about 15% of people report skin flushing after taking Viagra. As mentioned above, Viagra can affect blood vessels beyond your penis. So, you may notice your skin looks red or feels warm to the touch after taking it. This happens as blood vessels that are close to the surface of your skin dilate (widen).

Like headaches, this side effect typically goes away without treatment. If flushing becomes bothersome, speak with your doctor. They may try a lower dose, which is less likely to cause flushing and other side effects.

 Upset stomach

 It’s a fact that  Viagra causes more blood flow to the penis for an erection by relaxing smooth muscle. But it can also affect smooth muscle along your gastrointestinal tract, causing an upset stomach. Between 5% and 15% of people report experiencing an upset stomach from Viagra.

The best to avoid or minimize drinking alcohol is with Viagra. That’s because alcohol can worsen certain side effects, like an upset stomach. If you’re experiencing stomach discomfort or heartburn after taking Viagra, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about OTC options that might help.

 High blood pressure / Low blood pressure  

It’s because Viagra causes your blood vessels to relax, it can also lower your blood pressure. When your blood pressure gets too low hypotension, you may experience lightheadedness and dizziness or weakness.

The Effects on blood pressure are greatest 1 hour after taking Viagra, and your blood pressure should return to its original level within 4 hours. This side effect can be worse if you have a history of hypotension/hypertension if you stand up too quickly.

Your healthcare provider may advise you to check your blood pressure at home if you’re taking blood pressure medications and Viagra. Ask about your blood pressure goal and what’s considered too low for you. If you start experiencing low blood pressure symptoms or even high blood pressure, contact your doctor right away. Get immediate medical attention if you feel like you’re going to pass out.

 Prolonged erection

Viagra developed more blood flow to the penis. But sometimes these beneficial effects last longer than you’d like. This happens if blood can’t properly drain back out. Although rare, an erection lasting longer than 3 hours (priapism) can happen. And it can be very painful, too.

If you experience a prolonged erection, seek immediate medical help. You may hesitate to go to see a healthcare provider in this scenario, but it’s very important. That’s because priapism can result in permanent damage to your penis if left untreated.

Vision changes

Viagra can also affect an enzyme (protein) that plays a role in how your eyes work. While rare, you may experience changes in your eyesight from the medication. This includes an abnormal vision and vision loss.

 A few potential eye effects include blurred vision, light sensitivity, and a change in how you see colors. You may notice a slight blue tinge in your vision. These effects are expected to be mild and short-term. Abnormal vision changes were reported by 1% to 10% of people taking Viagra in clinical trials. This side effect is more likely to happen with higher doses.

 If you have any changes in your eyesight, report them to your healthcare provider for further assistance. Minor visual changes may improve by lowering your dosage.

Enjoy Sex Life

Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, the Boner Pills are a good first try for erectile dysfunction. They do help about 80% of men get an erection. Many of those who don’t gain the benefit simply expect the pill to obviate the need for foreplay and sexual emotions and sensations.   Viagra,  like Cialis and Levitra is an effective option for treating ED. It works by promoting blood flow to the penis to help you achieve and maintain an erection during sexual activity.

Viagra normally causes headaches, skin flushing, and upset stomach. But it’s important to watch for more serious problems, like an erection that lasts longer than 3 hours or vision changes. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience one of these rare but serious side effects.