Coronavirus News Update: Viagra Could Be A Treatment For Severe Covid

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A nurse in the UK credits Viagra, an erectile dysfunction drug, which saved her life. The nurse had spent 45 days in intensive care and a month in a coma due to serious complications from the Covid. “Viagra was a last resort,” she told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

Speaking to Susanna from GMB, she said: When I was intubated. I signed up for a study to allow my medical team to give me everything I need to get better.

“It was actually designed for heart problems. What we use it for these days – erectile dysfunction – is a side effect.”

The nurse explained that Viagra works by widening the blood vessels and this opened her airways.

Ms Almeida said: “In my case. I was told I had 72 hours to turn a corner or my fan would be turned off.”

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As Dr Hilary explained, in the lung tissue you have an oxygenated blood supply and air sacs.

“The problem with Covid is that it creates problems with abundance, so that the diseased lung contains too much blood and not enough oxygen. And the reverse is true in a healthy lung.

“While taking sildenafil [Viagra]you open up the blood vessels to get better flow in the lungs. “

According to the doc, this results in higher levels of oxygen entering the bloodstream, which boosts recovery.

“As we just heard, sildenafil has been used for heart cases and like many other drugs it has many uses,” Dr. Hilary said.

Viagra is currently undergoing clinical trials to investigate its broader applications, he noted.

You can get sildenafil on the NHS if you have erectile dysfunction or pulmonary hypertension.

Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of the heart.

Branded versions of sildenafil such as Viagra are not available on the NHS except under special circumstances.

You can also get sildenafil with a private prescription from your doctor. This means that you will have to pay the full cost of the medicine.

“Prices vary, but on average four tablets cost around £ 20,” says the NHS.

You can buy sildenafil / Viagra over the internet, but the health agency says to be very careful if you do this.

“There are a lot of websites selling fake drugs.”

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