Viagra Side effect- A Quick Guide

Viagra Side effect- A Quick Guide
Published : Oct 17, 2023
Last Updated : Jan 17, 2024

Sildenafil, generally sold under the brand Viagra, is a popular medicine that helps treat Erectile Dysfunction(ED). People also recognize it as a little blue pill that can help you fix your erectile function. Viagra effectively treats ED by increasing blood flow to the male sexual organ and enables hard erections. But above all else, how safe the use of Viagra is? Millions of people over the globe dealing with ED have used it and got satisfactory results with it. Not only for ED, Sildenafil, as the active salt of Viagra under another brand called Revatio, is also available to treat conditions like Pulmonary arterial hypertension.

But every treatment, no matter how safe, may cause some unwanted effects. Viagra, in some rare cases, may cause some common and less common side effects. In this blog, you will get to know about the possible side effects of Viagra. Get to know about how you can use this Erectile dysfunction pill safely to minimize the risk of these side effects.

What does using Viagra(Sildenafil) feel like

Sildenafil works by relaxing your blood vessels around the genital area. It improves blood flow to the penis, and under the sexual stimulation, one may quickly get an erection. Within 30 to 120 minutes of Viagra intake, it starts its work and provides you effects for up to 4 to 5 hours. During this period, you can get multiple erections depending on your sexual argument and stamina. When having an increase in blood flow, you might feel slightly light-headed or flushed.

Also, a person may experience other side effects of this PDE5 Inhibitor medicine. Yes, we are talking about the side effects of Viagra. Read on to learn about them.

The Most Common Side Effects of Viagra(Sildenafil)

The common side effects during the use of Sildenafil citrate tablets are:

  • Nausea
  • Mild to moderate headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Nasal blockage
  • Blurred vision
  • Flushing
  • Dizziness

These common side effects appear mild, but if they persist or cause difficulty, please seek a doctor's advice.

Usually, these common side effects disappear with time as your body adjusts to the medicine.

Rarer Side effects of Viagra(Sildenafil)

These side effects are rare and appear less frequently among people using Sildenafil. Among 100 people, only one person may experience the following side effects of Sildenafil:

  • Skin rashes
  • Vomiting
  • Disrupted vision or even pain(sensitivity, flashes of light)
  • Nosebleeds
  • Heartburn
  • Vertigo
  • Extreme blood pressure (high or low)
  • Rapid heart rates
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Blocked nose
  • Dryness of mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Pain in chest and limb
  • Reduced nerve sensitivity

The most uncommon Side effects of Viagra(Sildenafil)

These are some side effects of Sildenafil that are very rare, affecting fewer than 1 in every 1000 users. Sildenafil tablets can produce serious side effects like:

  • Cardiovascular problems may mainly occur in people who have heart disease. Examples include irregular heartbeat, heart attack, or stroke.
  • Fainting spells
  • Decrease brain blood flow.
  • Sudden loss of hearing
  • Priapism(prolonged or painful erection that lasts more than 4 hours)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION)

According to one research, the use of Sildenafil(Viagra) may also induce Migraine headaches in some rare cases.

A research paper provides evidence suggesting that Viagra may contribute to the development of severe eye conditions, like Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION).

If the above-listed severe side effects occur, seek medical attention and call a doctor immediately. Also, if you have any heart-related disease, take Viagra with caution and only when prescribed.

Tips for Managing Sildenafil Side Effects: If you experience them

People taking Sildenafil typically don't need specific actions to address side effects. In most cases, side effects are either mild enough or disappear with time. However, if they pose a risk to your health or hinder sexual activity, then seek doctors' advice.

Make sure to take Viagra dosage as suggested, and do not take double doses in a day. You may check the Viagra prescribing information for more details.

Please do not drink alcohol or use grapefruit juice with it. If you experience any allergic reaction after taking it, it is better not to use it and consult a doctor first. 

Avoid using Viagra with medicines used to treat high blood pressure and Nitrates medicine used for chest pain(angina). Drug interactions among these medicines can cause a sudden decrease in blood pressure. To know more about high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction, see this article.

If Viagra doesn't suit you, then you may consult a doctor, and you can seek other erectile dysfunction treatments for you.

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