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Sildenafil

Information

Uses

Sildenafil is used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (inadequate penile erection during sexual activity) and pulmonary hypertension (high pressure in the blood vessels of lungs)

How it works

Sildenafil increases blood flow to the penis by relaxing the muscles in penile blood vessels. Sildenafil will help to get an erection only if the person is sexually stimulated.

Common side effects

Headache, Erythema, Breathlessness, Flushing, Hay fever, Insomnia, Dyspepsia, Nose bleed

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Expert advice

  • Sildenafil should not be taken more than once a day.
  • It's best to take this drug about 1 hour before sexual activity, but you can take it anywhere between 4 hours and 30 minutes before you need it.
  • If you have an erection for more than 4 hours, call a doctor.
  • The drug works best when taken on an empty stomach.
  • Do not take sildenafil if you are also using a nitrate drug for chest pain or heart problems.
  • Sildenafil may cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate machinery after taking sildenafil.
  • Drinking alcohol before taking sildenafil can temporarily impair the ability to get an erection. To get the maximum benefit from the medicine, it is advised not to drink excessive amounts of alcohol before taking sildenafil.

Frequently asked questions

Sildenafil

Q. Is sildenafil citrate safe and effective?
Sildenafil citrate (also available as viagra, sildenafil, suhagra, caverta) is safe and effective if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q. Can I take sildenafil citrate for fun / premature ejaculation/ increasing size?
Sildenafil citrate is prescribed by doctor for men with inability to achieve and maintain penile erection. Always consult your doctor regarding its use, as it is available only on doctor’s prescription

Q. Can I take sildenafil citrate in hand luggage during travel?
If you have a prescription, sildenafil citrate can be taken in hand luggage.


Content on this page was last updated on 20 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)