Viagra Side Effects

Few, or rather no, medications come without side effects. They are somewhat of a fly in the ointment, virtually. Viagra doesn’t constitute an exception, what is only natural, considering the amazing effect it has on the body. To benefit from such effect without undesirable consequences, it’s crucially important to know what side effects there may be and which of them can be avoided by responsible and reasonable consumption of the medication. Viagra’s side effects can be roughly divided into several groups: those common connected with its own effect, rather rare and dangerous connected with the body’s individual response, those associated with drug interactions and those induced by food.

Common Adverse Effects Accompanying Viagra

circulatoryMost adverse symptoms commonly reported after use of Viagra are generally mild, harmless and quite brief. They are usually connected with the effect produced by Viagra, or more precisely, Sildenafil Citrate, its active ingredient, on the body’s systems, in particular, on the circulatory. Thus, quite many people encounter such effects as flushed skin, dizziness, nasal stuffiness, mild headache, stomach upset or nausea. Some also report mild visual disturbance, like color distortion or somewhat blurred vision. Those occur with the body’s initial response to the drug and pass quite soon, usually with the effect of the medication itself.
Such pretty much unpleasant “bonuses” are usually connected with the initial response of the body, the circulation system of which has been affected. Viagra intensifies the blood flow, so a mild headache is quite typical for an unaccustomed person. But any adverse effects should pass immediately after the pill wears off. If they are lasting or more severe that is a good reason to seek a GP’s attention.
Those worries can also be mitigated by adjustment of the dose – its lessening might decrease the symptoms or even eliminate them.

Rarely Reported Side Effects

Less common, occurring only in 0.01 to 1% of cases are also far less acceptable. Those include vomiting, nose bleeds, skin rash, blood found in urine, pounding/rapid heartbeat, heartburn, chest pain, fainting, eye irritation (double vision, blurring, pain, bloodshot eyes), ringing in one’s ears, vertigo, abdominal pain, muscle ache, pain hypersensitivity or numbness. Experiencing any of those means that medical attention should be sought for immediately. A medical professional will assess the risk and the benefits and will decide whether an adjustment of the dose will help.

Life Threatening Side Effects

Such consequences are quite unlikely and extremely rare, but sometimes they do occur: too lasting and painful erections (also scientifically called priapism), arrhythmia, seizure, stroke, seizure, heart attack, severe skin reactions (epidermal necrolysis, blistering skin), and serious allergic reactions (including swelling throat or tongue or face). They are generally associated with the person’s unpredictable individual response or some underlying states.

Drug Interactions

It is totally prohibited to take Viagra simultaneously with other medications affecting blood circulation or its flow. Alpha blockers, nitrates, medications prescribed in connection with heart attacks or strokes should be avoided.
Generally, people with cardiac diseases, serious vascular diseases, liver or kidney failure, diabetes, should never take Sildenafil Citrate without their doctor’s approval.
Recreational drugs used together with Viagra pose a fatal threat.

Food Interactions

grapefruitsIt might be surprising but certain food also shouldn’t be mixed with Viagra. Primarily, this refers to grapefruits or their juice which are known to delay the effect of the medicine first and then significantly increase the levels of Sildenafil Citrate in blood, contributing to the probability of side effects. Thus, the time interval between grapefruits and the pill should be no less than 24 hours.

Fatty food won’t lead to side effects, but it will diminish the effect of Sildenafil itself. While it might also reduce side effects, possible delay and decrease of beneficial result should be certainly taken into account.
Alcohol is what should definitely be avoided. It diminishes the benefit of the drug and might induce quite dangerous interaction processes contributing to side effects.