Viagra, also known as Sildenafil or Revatio in some markets, is a reasonably priced drug that is used to treat erectile dysfunction in men. It is also use to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, which is an condition marked by increased blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. It works by increasing blood flow to the penis allowing it to not only to become hard enough for sex but to stay hard enough to maintain an erection during sex. It can be taken four hours before sexual activity begins and starts to work within sixty minutes of arousal.
Patented in 1996 and approved for general use in 1998 in only ten short years it’s profits would peak at 1.934 billion dollars. It’s popularity is due mostly to it’s direct to customer television ad campaign despite the need for a prescription to obtain it in the United States. That policy would change in 2013 when Pfizer, the creators of the drug, would sell directly to patients via their website but this still requires a prescription. The popularity has lead to competition such as Cialis and Levitra vying for the top spot in the market. It’s popularity has made it one of the bestseller medicines in existence.
Use of Viagra has become popular in Cape Town outside of the intended age group in recent years. The brand recognition along with its reputation to treat erectile dysfunction has lead to the belief that it may increase sexual performance, permanently increase penis size, and increase libido. According to studies it seems that none of these are the case outside of treating erectile dysfunction and any noted gains from using the drug are the result of a placebo effect. However, this has not stopped the recreational use among young adults.
Viagra is not perfect and taking this drug, especially without the consent of a medical professional could lead to some side effects. Minor side effects may include headaches and acid indigestion. There are also other serious side effect the most serious being prolonged erections or priapism. Prolonged erections could lead to soft tissue damage of the penis so it is recommended to see a doctor when having an erection lasting four or more hours. Viagra use can also lead to sudden vision loss of one or even both eyes which is an indicator of a serious eye problem.
In South Africa Viagra is seems that Viagra can be obtained within the country and it requires a doctor’s prescription.
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