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Why it’s important to consult with a doctor before taking Viagra

Doctor taking blood pressure senior manWith all of the publicity surrounding ‘the little blue pill’, it may seem as though you could just borrow one from a friend to help you regain your sex life. But while Viagra is effective, and has relatively few side effects, it is a prescription-only medicine and must be taken under a doctor’s care.

Some patients are not good candidates for Viagra; due to certain medical conditions or other medications they are taking they may be at higher risk of side effects. Erectile dysfunction can be indicative of an underlying health condition that should be treated before considering Viagra, and still other cases of ED are psychological, requiring counselling and therapy instead of medication.

Learn why it is important that Viagra, and all other PDE-5 inhibitors, be taken only under a doctor’s care. Read in full

How long does sildenafil last?

man checking packet of sildenafilOne of the most common questions associated with sildenafil and other PDE-5 inhibitors is how long does it last?

As soon as a potential patient thinks of taking medicine for erectile dysfunction the practical questions come into play:

  • who can take it?
  • what is the drug composed of?
  • when should you take it?
  • how long does it last?

Though specific questions or concerns should always be discussed with a doctor, it never hurts to be informed about any medicine you are thinking of taking. Read in full

Where’s the cheapest place to buy Viagra online in the UK?

Boxes of cheap Viagra in the UKDespite the fact that Viagra lost it’s patent in June 2013 allowing for lower cost generic Viagra called sildenafil (the name of the active ingredient in Viagra) to be licensed and legally available in the UK and many EU countries,  the price of Pfizer branded Viagra has remained high.

For those that can afford it, the Viagra brand provides a sense of confidence that they are using a supposed superior product, even though generic Viagra (sildenafil) is identical in medical terms (although different cosmetically).

Whether branded or generic there are many options to buy treatment for erectile dysfunction in the UK. Read in full

Beware club drugs and Viagra

couple dancing in night clubClub drugs include Ecstasy (MDMA), the ‘date rape drug’ (Rohypnol), Crystal meth or Speed (Methamphetamine), acid (LSD), Special K (Ketamine) and Poppers (amyl nitrates). Increasingly the dangers of these drugs are escalated by taking more than one at the same time.

Typically taken at raves, parties, and clubs, these drugs are used to enhance or distort sensations and perceptions, to feel euphoric, and experience greater enjoyment. They are perceived to increase self-confidence and physical energy.

Of course these drugs are illegal for a reason. They have adverse effects and can be dangerous, even fatal. Problems arise from toxicity due to excessive dose, from interactions, and due to impurities. Illegal drugs are not monitored for quality. Read in full

Doctor and patient reviews of sildenafil

sildenafil reviewsWhen Viagra lost its patent on sildenafil in June of 2013, generic manufacturers were then licenced to produce the active chemical component of Viagra, sildenafil citrate, now commonly referred to as just sildenafil.

As the drug became less expensive, an increasing number of men have been able to use it, and their experiences are of interest to many new patients who have been prescribed sildenafil, or would like to find out more about it. Read in full

Sildenafil vs Viagra: which to choose?

photo of pharmacists comparing viagra vs sildenafilBoth Viagra and sildenafil are widely used to treat erectile dysfunction. In fact, they contain the same active ingredient. Viagra is a brand name for the sildenafil produced and sold by the company Pfizer. Sildenafil is also sold as a generic drug, which is medically identical to Viagra.

History of sildenafil as Viagra

Sildenafil citrate was created in 1989 by British scientists Albert Wood and Peter Dunn as a possible treatment for hypertension and angina; conditions associated with coronary heart disease. In 1991 Dr. Nicholas Terrett, now often referred to as the father of Viagra, was named in the British patent for the drug as a heart medication. And though Pfizer’s early trials of the drug in the 1990s did not prove its efficacy as a heart medication, patients who took part in the clinical trials reported increased erections after taking sildenafil. Separate studies provided more information on the biochemical process that causes erections, which helped scientists understand how sildenafil could enhance the effects of sexual stimulation and open up blood vessels in the penis. Sildenafil was then studied in men with erectile dysfunction, and in 1998 it was approved by the FDA specifically for treatment of ED. Read in full

9 things I learned from having erectile dysfunction

rupert webster and wifeRupert Webster has been kind enough to share these true-life realisations with us, in the hope of helping men in similar situations. ED can wreak emotional havoc on individuals and couples, but knowing that others have been through the same kind of experience can be comforting and informative.

When you have ED, you grieve your sex life
Not being able to get an erection makes you feel like you’ve lost a part of yourself. My mind was flooded with memories of my first time, of the wonderful sex my wife and I had on our honeymoon, of the time we … well, you get the picture. It’s tough to think that it may never be that easy to have sex at the drop of a hat, and you may not ever be able to have sex at all.

My communication was terrible
I was so closed up. I really was. The first time I couldn’t perform I just pretended it had never happened. The next day it was business as usual. We started our day with a cup of tea and breakfast, a quick kiss goodbye. After several weeks it became apparent that I still couldn’t get an erection – yet I still couldn’t bring myself to speak about it. I didn’t even try to get treatment. My wife was no doubt going through her own range of emotions, but she, like me, was withdrawn. Even after 17 years of marriage neither of us felt comfortable enough to talk about it. Read in full