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Viagra: what are the health risks?

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Viagra: what are the health risks?
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Erectile problems affect around one third of men over 40 years of age, affecting hundreds of millions of men worldwide. Viagra is often seen as an obvious solution, even though there are natural ingredients which have similar effects, without the side effects. So what are the risks linked to using Viagra? 

Viagra: originally made for a different purpose

Originally, the medication contained in Viagra, sildenafil, was created with the aim of reducing blood pressure, because it dilates the blood vessels that bring blood to the heart. However, during medical trials, the researchers realised that taking Viagra improved mens’ sex lives. It was a logical consequence: given that sildenafil promotes dilation of the blood vessels in the penis, it provoked a strong and fairly long lasting erection.

Following several years of being on the market, we are coming to realise that Viagra can lead to side effects and health risks, which are regularly highlighted by researchers.

The side effects and risks linked to Viagra

You need a prescription in order to purchase Viagra, and we can well understand why, when we read the list of “undesirable side effects”, or rather the health risks for the men who use it. Other brands offering similar products can be bought without prescription, but be careful, as they carry the same risks.

The effects of Viagra generally last less than 24 hours, which is what incites men with erectile dysfunction or problems with getting erections to take it regularly. However, it is important to note that the erection could last 24 hours, or a little more or less… Which is less than practical if you have to go to work the next morning!

The more often this medication is taken, the higher the health risks.

Here are the risks:

  • Alteration in vision and perception of colour
  • Cardiac problems, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat
  • Angina, severe heart attack
  • Sudden death owing to cardiac problems
  • Cerebral bleed (cerebrovascular haemorrhage)

Given the serious nature of the risks, it is strongly recommended that any man regularly taking Viagra is monitored by a cardiologist.

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