A Major Side Effect of Taking Viagra – Eat This, Not That

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Millions of men take Viagra, a little blue pill to help with erectile dysfunction, a condition that makes it difficult to maintain or get an erection. Although the drug is considered safe and effective, there may be side effects and risks. Eat this, not that! Health spoke with Dr Jagdish Khubchandani, MBBS, Ph.D., professor of public health at New Mexico State University, who explained what you need to know about viagra before taking it and the side effects that may occur. As always, please consult your doctor for medical advice. Read on and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.

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Dr. Khubchandani tells us: “Before thinking about side effects, a variety of facts should be kept in mind. Firstly, Viagra should only be taken if prescribed by a qualified healthcare professional after an evaluation This would include a detailed evaluation for erectile dysfunction and a medical history (e.g. heart disease, recent surgeries, liver and kidney function abnormalities, etc.) Second, share all information about your current medications and other prescriptions you take with your health care provider if a prescription for Viagra is in progress (for example, to avoid potential serious drug interactions).”

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Dr. Khubchandani reminds people, “Do your research and know how Viagra works on your body. Essentially, this drug helps relax smooth muscle, which helps dilate blood vessels, which in turn contributes to dysfunction. erection by increasing blood flow to the penis.”

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Dr. Khubchandani says, “Know how to take it according to the provider’s instructions (eg, timing, dosage, frequency, etc.) and how to report side effects and stay in touch with your provider. Do not share pills with others because they can’t take it without a prescription.”

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Dr. Khubchandani explains, “Generally speaking, side effects can be common, minor, transient, or infrequent and major. Since the drug has been approved by the US FDA and if the supplier prescribes it, the benefits can clearly outweigh the risks. According to a FDA Document, the most common side effects (>2%) include headache, flushing, stomach pain, abnormal vision, nasal congestion, back pain, muscle aches, nausea, dizziness and a rash. More serious, but rare, side effects can include heart attacks, strokes, irregular heartbeats (but these have happened in people with a history of heart disease). Also, it should be noted that sexual activity can put a strain on heart function, especially in people at high risk (eg, history of heart disease). Notify your supplier immediately or seek assistance if you serious side effects (eg, severe dizziness, fainting, chest pain that may radiate to the left arm or jaw).”

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According to Dr. Khubchandani, “The least common and rare side effects are of great variety (eg vision or hearing problems, etc.) and a person under this order should be aware of any feelings of distress. Very rarely, a prolonged erection longer than 4 hours and priapism (painful erections lasting longer than 6 hours) have been reported. In the event of an erection that persists for more than 4 hours, the patient should consult a doctor immediately (to avoid the risk of damage to the penile tissue).”

Heather Newgen

Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather is currently a freelancer for several publications. Read more

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