Viagra is a vasodilator that can help older men with erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is very common in aging men and can be caused by a number of things such as diabetes, and hypertension. Viagra will increase blood flow to the penis so a male can obtain an erection for longer periods of time. Viagra works best when taking it 30-60 minutes before intercourse. Now this can be a “mood killer” for most men, however it is the safest and most effective option to treat erectile dysfunction. Now in South Africa, Viagra can be obtained over the counter. Which is different than in other countries. This can be an issue because no doctor are regulated she effects and the treatment plan.
Viagra can have side effects of hypertension, anaphylaxis, stroke, heart attack, vision loss, hearing loss, priapism (erections lasting >5 hours) and headaches. Some of these side effects can be severe, thats why it is important to have a doctor monitor you. In south Africa, you can just order it online or buy it in your local drug store without a prescription. This drug also cannot be taken with other drugs, which can be an issue if just anyone can get a hold of Viagra and start taking it. You cannot take Viagra with hypertensive drugs, smokers, hypovolemic drugs, history of heart attacks, history of stroke, nitroglyceride drugs, patients with sickle cell disease and many many more. Do to some of these side effects and contraindications that may not work for some patients, there are other alternatives. These alternatives can include caverject, Cialis, Levitra, Edex, Muse, Yocon, Yohimbine, and Stendra. What many patients like as an alternative to Viagra is Cialis. Patients like this because they take the medication everyday, and are ready to go whenever they want to have intercourse, unlike Viagra that needs to be taken 30-60 minutes before intercourse. Viagra can also be costly. For ten pills of 15mg tablets it costs $485.37 and for 10 pills of 100mg tablets it costs $569.98. This can be quite pricey if a patient does not have health insurance. When a patient is taking Viagra, they also should be monitoring their kidney functions. A Creatinine level should be taken before starting the treatment and a few months later, which again will not be done if patients can by Viagra over the counter in South Africa.
In conclusion, Viagra is a great option for males who are struggling with erectile dysfunction. However this can have great risks if obtaining this medication without a prescription and without being monitored by a medical professional. Although this is a great drug, it does have some side effects that can be serious and life threatening.
Males in South Africa should use this medication with caution and if they have any of the above side effects or contraindications, they should seek medical attention before continuing the medication. If males have more questions, it is advised that they either seek medical advise or do some research on their own for further benefits.
I am medical professional. My main interest now is erectile dysfunction treatment. I am working in Cape town.