One of the most popular medication treatments given for ED or erectile dysfunction is sildenafil, which is popularly known as Viagra. When the drug was released in the year 1998, it became a hit, to put it mildly.
Viagra sildenafil became the revolutionary drug of the century that forever changed the outlook towards issues on impotence and sex. Men silently suffering ED or erectile dysfunction sought out their doctors to have a prescription made for the drug. Much of the popularity of sildenafil was due to the clever and massive marketing strategies employed by pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer. Endorsements from celebrities such as Pele, the soccer star, and Bob Dole, former Senator of the United States clinched the deal with the masses. The fact that the drug lived up to what it claims is the most successful endorsement of all.
Having difficulty in achieving and maintaining an erection of the penis that would be capable for sexual intercourse is what an erection problem in men is all about. While some men lose their erection during sexual intercourse, some men are simply not capable of achieving any erection at all. Erectile dysfunction or ED is a consistent incapability of a man to get and maintain an erection for sexual intercourse.
Many men at a certain point in their life could suffer from impotence, but it is the elderly that it is most common as they may have other physical problems that impede them from getting and maintaining an erection.
Using sildenafil to treat erectile dysfunction
Years before the advent of sildenafil, the methods used to treat ED or impotence includes surgical implants, vacuum pumps, and injections on the penis. At the very least these methods were very uncomfortable which men shied away from. It was a better option for men to be silent on their impotence problems rather than making use of treatments that are very uncomfortable.
The impact that sildenafil made to millions of ED sufferers is understandable. Getting and maintaining an erection with a single pop of a pill an hour before sexual intercourse revolutionized the sexual lives of men who were impotent. The clinical trials done for the drug which made it safe to use and the approval from FDA gave a much-needed boost of confidence to men to take the drug that produced happy results.
Sildenafil can only be purchased with a prescription from a doctor. This is to ensure that the doctor has seen its suitability to your case. Here is a list of categories wherein sildenafil should not be abused or taken:
- Sildenafil is not recommended for men who do not have impotence problems
- Any form of medicines that contain nitrates should not be used together with sildenafil
- Caution should be taken in using sildenafil if a man is taking alpha-blocker medicines
- Sildenafil might be dangerous to use as a recreational drug
There have been other drugs launched to combat impotence, but none seems to have matched the popularity of Viagra sildenafil despite some advantages that the other brands claim.