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Viagra: the Pros and Cons of Using It

In the movie, Something’s Gotta Give, with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, Nicholson’s character has a scary experience (albeit humorous) after using the male enhancement drug Viagra. After having what appeared to be a heart attack, he ends up in the emergency room. As the physician assessed the situation, he asked Nicholson’s character if he had taken “the little blue pill,” earlier that evening. Any time you take medication, it’s important to know all of the risks and side effects, but drug materials and physicians don’t always make these clear when prescribing them.

What is Viagra?

Viagra is the trade name for the drug sildenafil citrate, which is used to treat erectile dysfunction in adult males. According to the Viagra Website, the drug works by increasing blood flow to the penis, which increases hardness and sexual satisfaction. It can be taken an hour before sexual activity and only works when the user is aroused.

Pros of Taking Viagra

There are many purported benefits of taking Viagra. Some of these include:

  • You can take it 30 minutes to 4 hours before engaging in sexual activity.
  • It increases the hardness of the penis in order to make penetration easier and sex more satisfying.
  • Viagra only works when one is already sexually stimulated, so there isn’t an unwanted or embarrassing erection.
  • The effects of Viagra wear off after sexual activity, so the penis does not remain hard long after intercourse.

Cons of Taking Viagra

According to the drug company’s own website, “Viagra can cause serious side effects”. Side effects, though apparently rare, include the following:

  • Priapism – an erection that does not go away. This is an erection lasting more than four hours, which requires immediate medical attention before long term damage occurs to the penis.
  • Abrupt loss of vision in one or both eyes, which could be a sign of non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION).
  • Abrupt hearing loss or decreased ability to hear.

Tavares Drug Litigation Attorney

If you have experienced negative side effects after using Viagra, you need an experienced defective drug litigation attorney. Call the offices of Oldham and Smith at(352) 292-1620 or contact us online to schedule a visit with one of our lawyers.

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