Sildenafil is the generic name given to a drug which relaxes muscles and increases blood flow to particular areas of the body and is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men.
It is suggested moderate drinking only while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, taking a nitrate drug for chest pain, have heart disease or heart rhythm problems, within the last 6 months had a heart attack, stroke or congestive heart failure, high or low blood pressure, coronary artery disease, liver or kidney disease, blood cell disorder such as sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma or leukemia, bleeding disorder or hemophilia, stomach ulcer, retinitis pigmentosa, physical deformity of the penis (Peyronie’s disease) or have been warned not to have sexual intercourse for health reasons.
Less serious side effects are warmth or redness in the face, neck or chest, stuffy nose, headache, memory problems, upset stomach or back pain. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, sudden vision loss, ringing in ears, loss of hearing, chest pain, heavy feeling, pain spreading to arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling, irregular heartbeat, swelling in hands, ankles, feet, short of breath, vision changes, lightheaded, faint painful penis erection or lasts longer than 4 hours.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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