What Are the Side Effects of Viagra?

by | Mar 29, 2022 | SEX

 

What Are the Side Effects of Viagra? And how can you manage them?

It’s known as the sexual wonder drug for men, enabling those living with erectile dysfunction or impotence to lead a more ordinary, if not extraordinary, sex life. We’re talking about Viagra, or Sildenafil citrate. As per Newton’s law, for every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. When on the topic of Viagra, what literally comes up must eventually come with a downside. So, what are the side effects of Viagra? And how can you manage them?

What is Viagra?

Viagra is a brand-name prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction in males 18 years and older. Belonging to a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors, Viagra increases blood flow to the penis for a sustained erection.

Available in tablets of three strengths (25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg), it’s recommended to take Viagra about an hour before sexual activity however it can be taken 30 minutes to 4 hours prior. Viagra will continue working in the body for up to 5 hours. Provided you’re aroused, you should be able to develop an erection for up to 4 hours post dosage.

What are the side effects of Viagra?

The side effects of Viagra can be classed into two categories: mild and serious.

Mild side effects of Viagra

Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following side effects and are concerned.

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Flushing
  • Hot flushes
  • Indigestion
  • Heart burn
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sinus congestion
  • Swelling of the nose
  • Diarrhoea
  • Rash
  • Dry mouth or dry throat
  • Dry nose
  • Dry eyes
  • Tightness in throat
  • Feeling hot or irritable
  • Redness in your mouth

Serious side effects of Viagra:

Speak with your trusted doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of the following side effects.

  • Unusual heartbeat
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI); stinging or burning sensation when peeing, or frequent need to pee
  • Blood in urine
  • Persistent headache
  • Fainting
  • Bleeding from the nose
  • Pain or tingling in hands, toes, or feet

If you experience any of the following side effects, see your doctor immediately or visit Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital.

  • Signs of allergy, like shortness of breath, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or other body parts
  • Chest pain
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sudden decrease or loss of hearing
  • Seizures, fits, or convulsions
  • Erection is increased, painful, or persists for longer than usual (if your erection is painful or continues for more than 4 hours, seek medical attention urgently)
  • Loss of eyesight in one or both eyes, or changes to your vision, like blurring, blue tinge to your vision, greater awareness to light (seek medical attention urgently)
  • Changes to normal vision, like red or yellow colour tinges to your vision, colourless objects appear coloured, seeing a halo around lights, sparks, or lights when eyes are closed

How can you manage the common side effects of Viagra?

This study revealed the most observed side effects of Viagra to be flushing (30.8%), headache (25. 4%), nasal congestion (18.7%), and heartburn (10.5%). All side effects were short-lived and mild in severity. To manage flushing, stay hydrated with cool beverages, lie down, rest, and turn on a fan or air con. If you experience headaches as a side effect of Viagra, take your preferred pain relief medication and rest. As for nasal congestion, this can be relieved by taking a hot, steamy shower, using a saline nasal spray, or using an at-home vaporiser. If taking Viagra has caused indigestion, try taking it with food instead of on an empty stomach, otherwise over-the-counter antacids may help.

 Sources:

Side-effect profile of sildenafil citrate (Viagra) in clinical practice – PubMed (nih.gov)

Male erectile dysfunction: its prevalence in Western australia and associated sociodemographic factors – PubMed (nih.gov)

Viagra – NPS MedicineWise

viagra  | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

pdf (tga.gov.au)


This blog is designed to be informative and educational. It is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace advice from your medical practitioner.

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