Viagra – The king of medicinal repurposing and sexual drive

Highlight:-

        • The effect of viagra can last up to 2 hours.
        • 50% of men over the age of 40 face the issue of Erectile Dysfunction.
        • The drug was developed in 1989 to treat high blood pressure
        • The medication is being tested in labs to reduce or cure a few types of cancer

 

Sex, the activity that excites billions of people around the world, although sex is just a way to reproduce for animals, humans have truly revolutionized sex, sex is more than a reproductive activity, sex is fulfillment, sex is satisfaction, sex is experimentation, sex is entertainment, and sex is a lifestyle for the human beings. While everything has a peak period, sex is something that has always been a topic of strong interest amongst human beings.

A general human being starts fantasizing about sex from his early teen years, he starts building unrealistic expectations around him and is constantly looking forward to a way to have sexual interaction with the other human being, Porn industry plays a vital role in showcasing the teens, how amazing sex can be and what all could be tried to enhance the pleasure.

Since there is this strong image-building around how wonderful sex can be if something goes off even by a little, people begin to panic and start searching for solutions to correct the issue they just faced, and this mentality runs around every age group, right from early teens to people over 50. The only thing they believe that can cure their problem is Viagra, and people turn to Viagra to attain a hard erection and strong sexual drive that can help them perform like a porn star.

What is Viagra?

Viagra is a medication used for the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction, it is recommended only for males as it is unclear if is of any use to treat sexual dysfunction in women. This medication can either be taken by mouth or it can be directly injected in the vein, the medicine takes 20 minutes to show its effect, and the effect can last up to 2 hours.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction is a condition that is caused when a man is unable to get an erection or hold the erection for long enough for the sexual intercourse, this condition is also known as ED or impotence. It is a cause of insufficient blood flow to the penis. This is a very common situation and affects 30 million men in the US, 50% of men over the age of 40 face the issue of Erectile Dysfunction.

Erectile Dysfunction be treated by Viagra, but a person should not run to Viagra as their first resort, Erectile Dysfunction can also happen just once and be self-treated without any medicines. And there can be many reasons that can cause Erectile Dysfunction

What are the main causes of Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can be a result of physical injury or can be a result of some disease or the side effect of the medicine given as a treatment for that disease.

Medical conditions that can give rise to Erectile Dysfunction are:-

  • Depression: Although most of the causes of Erectile Dysfunction evolve from physical injury, anxiety, and thoughts that lead to depression can play a major role in causing Erectile Dysfunction, even if the main cause of ED is a physical injury, the mental element can make it worse. Anti-depressants can also lead to ED
  • Diabetes: Diabetes is a condition which leads to an increase of sugar level in the blood which leads to damage of blood vessels and thus resulting in ED
  • High Blood Pressure: This condition makes the heart work faster, which leads to strain on blood vessels, this hardens and narrows the blood vessels making it harder for blood to reach all veins of the penis. Many of the medications prescribed for high blood pressure lead to ED.
  • Obesity: This is a case in which a human is way past the normal on the BMI (Body Mass Index) scale, this condition can lead to a lot of problems during the day to day life, some of which is high blood pressure, cancer, organ failure, etc. obesity is also considered as a condition that could lead to ED

How can you avoid Erectile Dysfunction?

Making a few physical and psychological changes could greatly help with avoiding the risk of Erectile Dysfunction, giving up smoking, drinking and having a calmer approach towards life could help a lot. Staying active could especially help well, as it would also increase the adrenalin rush, keeping your weight in check could be the other factor that can help you fight ED, eating healthy can help fight many more diseases including ED.

Who should avoid Viagra?

Viagra should never be combined with any other medicines that treat Erectile Dysfunction, this could lead to adverse effects and can also cause heart failure. Viagra should also be avoided by people who are undergoing an HIV treatment, or who are on medicines for heart/blood pressure treatment.

Viagra should also be avoided by people who are already on medicines that contain nitrate, or the people who are allergic to sildenafil as it is the main content used in Viagra.

Viagra’s rise to power?

There were millions of people around the world, who were unsatisfied with how their penis reacted to sexual stimulation and how long they were able to keep the erection, the only treatments the doctors could recommend were either implanting a device on the prostate or injected liquid in the urethra and with how dangerous it sounds, people opted away from it and continued living their life.

All of this was about to change as Pfizer introduced a pill that could be popped orally and that would miraculously cure the condition of erectile dysfunction. And as anyone could imagine the pill was a super hit in the market, in the week it was launched the pills were prescribed to around 40,000 citizens. The diamond-shaped medicine became the face of sexual medication and by 2008 it would bring Pfizer $1.8 billion in revenue, From that year it has marketed for at least $500 million in sales every year and possesses a constant demand throughout the market over the years

How does Viagra help you?                                                                            

Viagra can help the people who are unable to attain complete erection or are unable to sustain the erection, Viagra responds to when a man is being sexually stimulated, but it does not provide sexual stimulation, so if there is no external stimulation Viagra wouldn’t help.

Loss of erection is caused due to loss of dilation of arteries and thus blood supply to the arteries is reduced considerably and the penis goes back to its lucid phase. Viagra prevents those arteries from degrading, thus keeping the blood flow active and an erection intact.

Is Viagra designed only for males?

During the initial stages, Viagra was recommended only for males, as it helps fight ED, but recently a medicine has been discovered that helps females fight sexual dysfunction by treating low libido in them, these medicines are known as Viagra for women.

Low sexual drive affects nearly 10% of females, to cope with this situation few females opted for off label, over the counter medicines, although FDA has approved 2 drugs flibanserin (Addyi) and bremelanotide (Vyleesi) to tackle that problem.

What does Vyleesi do?

This is a drug developed to improve sexual drive, but unlike the Pfizer form of Viagra, this needs to be injected in females who do not face any menopause symptoms. This medication is directly injected in the stomach or thighs at least half an hour before sex. However the effect of this medication can last up to 24 hours and provide an intense sexual experience, this drug should not be used more than eight times in a month.

What does Addyi do?

Addyi has a safer approach than Vyleesi, this is a drug, that needs to be consumed every day regardless of the person desires to have sex or not, it treats low sexual desire in women with no menopause conditions, it can take around 8 weeks to notice a considerable difference, however, some people have seen the effect before the end of 8 week period.

Factors that can affect the sexual desires of females?

Feeling pressurized to abide by the social standards set up for sex, if the women have previously been affected by any STI it can lead to loss of interest or confidence, sexual desires may considerably be lower if the person had no emotional connection with the partner during sex. Other factors such as not sharing sexual interests or desires with a partner and having a partner who has faced sexual difficulties in the past can contribute measuredly to loss of sexual desires.

What can women do if not Viagra to enhance sexual desires?

Many kinds of research claim that female can enhance their sexual drive without the use of those drugs by opting for estrogen replacement therapy or testosterone therapy, taking special care of mental health and diseases such as anxiety can help enhance sexual desires.

Side effects of Viagra?

Common side effects of Viagra include headaches, heartburn, flushed skin, etc. even if these side effects may look very ordinary, the medicine is unavailable for sale without doctor’s prescription as the side effects of this medicine can be very hazardous and even though they are very rare, they are equally risky. Few of those side effects are sudden loss of hearing, priapism (Continuously erect penis) this could lead to permanent damage of your penis, and heart attack.

Misconceptions around Viagra?

Even though Viagra is the king of curing sexual diseases, people are not educated properly around the uses and the types of diseases Viagra can cure. People believe Viagra is magic and popping a pill of Viagra can cure any sexual issue and boost the sexual abilities and feelings associated with it.

Many people consume Viagra to cure problems such as Premature Ejaculation, this ends up worsening the issue as the person’s body develops side effects associated with Viagra without curing the issue of premature ejaculation.

Repurposing of drug                         

What was Viagra originally developed for?

Viagra was not intended to be developed as a primary source to cure erectile dysfunction, the drug was developed in 1989 to treat high blood pressure, along with high blood pressure the medicine was also supposed to be helpful to treat the condition of angina (A condition that leads to heart pain due to low supply of oxygen to muscles in the chest region).

In 1991 it was planned to register Viagra patent under the heart medication category. Therefore many media outlets didn’t credit Pfizer enough when the medicine was repurposed and launched as the medicine that can cure ED, media reported this discovery as a pure stroke of luck as this sexual medication was a side effect of angina treatment. Pfizer officials and chief scientist DR. Terrett disagree as they claim, there was a possibility hypothesized during the trial period of this medicine.

The officials claimed the thought behind it was that the blood vessels from the heart are widespread through the body, so if they discover a drug or find the perfect combination to trigger an interaction with the arteries connected to penis, or if they could interact with the mechanical target they could treat, respiratory disease, gastric disease, and ED.

New developments in the repurposing of drugs

The latest studies are trying to understand the proper functioning of medicine and its way to target and achieve a particular response from the body. The medication is being tested in labs to reduce or cure a few types of cancer or boost the immune system response towards the intruders or the affected cells. The medicine is believed to be able to increase T-cells, Decrease MDSC cells, and thus improving an anti-tumor immune response system. This would also increase the power in medicine to showcase the improved response to treatment.

 

With all that being said, it is absolutely important that people do not consume Viagra without consulting a medical professional first, even though it is believed that Viagra is the king of sexual treatments, if the medication is taken without proper consultation, it could end up doing more bad than good to the body of the person consuming it. And most of the time you do not need sexual treatment, consult your doctor to understand what is the issue you are facing and what is the measure that you could implement in your life to help improve your sexual life and uplift your sexual well-being.

 

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